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Monthly Archive April 2013

SWC Social Media Coaching: Pinterest, Twitter, Google Plus, Hootsuite

Conversation Number Four: Images, Pinterest, You Tube, Twitter, Google Plus, Hootsuite Using Images You will decide for yourself what your page will look like, but you should note this: Pinterest, the newer Facebook Timelines, and a lot of the popular literature on social media marketing emphasize the increasing importance of images, photos, videos, memes,…
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SWC Social Media Coaching: General Guidelines

Southwestern College’s Social Media Coaching Conversation Number Three: General Guidelines and Info about Social media (stuff you should know early on) Establishing a Clear Identity It helps to have a clear sense of your mission, your strengths, and the kind of practice (and/or website) you ideally would like to create. When I see ads where…
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Southwestern College’s New Social Media Coaching Conversations Series…

Southwestern College’s Social Media Coaching Conversations…  --for students, alumni, faculty & staff of Southwestern College --by Jim Nolan, President, Southwestern College Conversation Number One: Intro & Facebook Over the past several years, I have made a valiant effort to put Southwestern College on the Social Media map. As you probably know, Social Media has become…
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Marijuana and the profession of psychotherapy

  The plant known as marijuana has long been known in the indigenous world to carry a seductive feminine energy that creates dependence while at the same time appearing to enhance spiritual expansion. The energies of this plant, while perhaps occasionally useful in a limited ceremonial context, typically create weakness in the individual's medicine body…
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SWC’s INSAM Certificate Program: What Is It?

by Laura L. Lansrud-López, M.A., LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, CTS , & James Michael Nolan, Ph.D. INSAM stands for “Interpersonal Neurobiology, Somatics & Action Methods. Interpersonal Neurobiology, a relatively new interdisciplinary field, integrates our current scientific understanding of how the brain can re-wire itself in the context of a safe and secure interpersonal relationship to integrate…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Patricia Meek

Patricia L. Meek, LPC, MFA, NFT, Noah: A Supernatural Eco Thriller was published by All Things that Matter Press and was released December 1, 2011. I began the novel while living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. My experiences at Southwestern College heavily influenced the creation of this work. Archetypes, Ancient Mysteries, and Vision Quest, were all journey-classes…
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Where do Southwestern College Grads Work? Ashley M. Simpson’s Art Therapy internship now full time in OK

 I am very busy. I am finishing up my supervision for my ATR and LPC here in Oklahoma. Even cooler, my supervisor is also a SWC grad! I am working Full time for the Cavett Kids Foundation, the same foundation I completed my internship with in 2012. With the Cavett Kids Foundation my title is…
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Letter from President Nolan to Those Thinking About Coming to Southwestern College

Greetings from Southwestern College… At Southwestern College, our primary commitment is to the transformation of our students’ lives. We take that charge very seriously. For us, “transformation”, “consciousness”, holistic psychotherapy and integrative health are not buzz words, but the stuff of everyday conversations and classroom experiences. It is our focus. The focus on…
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Where Southwestern College Grads Work: Luisa Kolker…

Luisa Kolker graduated from Southwestern College, where she studied Counseling. Interestingly, I met her through Social Media, where I became aware of this really funny, transparent and seemingly wise woman who was doing Shamanic work in Santa Fe. I knew she was a graduate of the school and thought it would be great to meet…
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Is a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy or Counseling Worth It?

The Value of a Master’s Degree I received my BA in English in 1975, and the skills and appreciation of literature I learned back then, and the full meaning of that experience are still unfolding, still “paying off” some 38 years later. I never made a dime from my undergraduate and one year of graduate…
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Where do Southwestern Grads Work? Rosemary Eads

Rosemary Eads, M.A. My private practice is now located in Northborough, Massachusetts. I moved here in April of 2011, and within nine months, began my first ever waiting list! I specialize in working with subconscious beliefs, behaviors and traumas, as well as guiding my clients to develop a fuller awareness of their higher self. I use…
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Where do Southwestern Grads Work? Sara (Jordan) Skowronski

Sara (Jordan) Skowronski, LPC, ATR-BC,CAGS (certificate of advanced graduate studies in Expressive arts) I graduated in 2004 from the Art Therapy Program. Since that time I have greatly appreciated the ability of “being present” that Southwestern instilled in me as a therapist and as a person in general. Presently, my family and I, which now…
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Where do Southwestern Grads Work? Niccole Toral

Niccole Toral has been working for the past three years with Sangre De Cristo Community Health Partnership, a nonprofit organization providing rural based behavioral health services. In addition, she and her husband Tod DiCecco have started up their own business called EarthSpirit Awakenings LLC. Their business offers Vision Fasts as well as other Eco therapies, such…
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Where do Southwestern Grads Work? Trixie Pujol

Trixie Pujol is doing early intervention work with children ages 1-4 years old in Los Alamos and Santa Fe, primarily with kids with autism, and runs a monthly support group for parents and caregivers of children with autism. She recently attended the World Autism Congress in Cape Town, South Africa where nearly 1000 people from around…
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A View Into Accreditation…Notes from Chicago

Southwestern College is a holistic, integrative, spiritually conscious graduate school in sleepy Santa Fe, New Mexico. We are unknown even to some long-time residents of Santa Fe itself. (This is changing with our ever-expanding social media presence, but still…) But most people (including our students, faculty and staff) probably do not have an awareness of…
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SWC Graduate, Carol Christianson, Santa Fe Counselor and Hynotherapist

Carol Christianson I graduated in 1995 and worked in the mental health field as a counselor in various agencies in NM, eventually becoming an academic advisor for 7 years.  In 2007, I decided to take time off from counseling and started a business doing American Clay installations.  This is a plastering process that is eco-friendly…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Gretchen Wachs

1998 Grad, Gretchen Wachs, LMHC Having worked as a visual artist for most of my life puts me in a unique position as a creative psychotherapist, as I am no stranger to the deep psychological work that goes hand in hand with true creative investigation. This works in reverse as well, and I truly find…
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Where do Southwestern Grads Work? Michele “Ama Wehali” Rozbitsky

1990 Grad, Michele “Ama Wehali” Rozbitsky has developed a domestic violence program for the Eight Northern Pueblos called ‘Peace Keepers’, worked as a crisis counselor, art therapist and in outpatient mental health services at St. Vincent’s Hospital, and in private practice. In the last six years she has become a Shamanic practitioner and has written a…
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Where do Southwestern Grads Work? Rick Cotroneo, Counseling

1985 Graduate, Rick Cotroneo I started a part-time practice in classical homeopathy. My background in Education made me a candidate to serve as a commissioner on the Accreditation Commission for Homeopathic Education in North America (ACHENA). Just as Southwestern College has grown over the years through the process of accreditation, so now I am…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Zachary Campbell

Zachary Campbell has been working in Coon Rapids, MN as the Assistant Director of Housing with Services for Mary T. Inc.  Mary T. Inc. provides enhanced lifestyles through affordable rental housing, apartments for seniors, residential living, supportive services, hospice, and home health care.  Zachary lives in Plymouth, MN with his wife and two children.  Zachary will…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Arlene Burke

Arlene Burke, LMHC, I recently opened a private practice in Art Therapy/Counseling. My office, Wheelhouse Studio, is next to my home in Aldea de Santa Fe. I continue to manage the studio of a local artist and work as a textile artist. I also weave in close-by grown kids, multiplying grandkids, garden, tai chi class and…
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