Monthly Archive July 2013
Posted July 30th, 2013 by & filed under Featured, Paintsplash - Art Therapy.
Using Art to Slow Down and Feel Loss
I had a nervous breakdown my freshman year of college due to over exertion in athletics and an insistence upon academic perfection. The compulsion to achieve and appear on top of everything was a chronic addictive pattern that was not serving me anymore.…
Posted July 28th, 2013 by & filed under Student Reflections and Updates, Top News.
In our Group Dynamics class we looked at who we were in our original group– our family of origin. It helps to see how we came to operate in groups the way we do.
My brother is a physicist, a painter and an optical illusionist. Although we were born with the same parents, in…
Posted July 26th, 2013 by & filed under Featured, New Thoughts from President Nolan.
Whether One Believes in One Life or Multiple Lives Causes Facebook Battles
Almost every big discussion, every argument, every philosophical diatribe, every socio-economic harangue, every position taken on social issues, even medical and “mental health” issues, seems to depend, ultimately, on where you stand on this issue:
Do you believe that…
Posted July 24th, 2013 by & filed under New Thoughts from President Nolan, Top News.
In the field of Psychology, "dichotomous thinking" is not considered to be a particularly highly evolved way of viewing the world. Black or white. Yes or no. You either "have" depression or you don't. You are majority culture or you are "diverse." You are "straight" or you are "gay". "You're either 'fer us, or 'agin'…
Posted July 23rd, 2013 by & filed under Featured, New Thoughts from President Nolan.
"Things I Think I Know"
The beauty the anorexic perceives
To reside in skinniness,
The holiness we perceive
To reside in sacred mountains
Likewise does not.
As it does not in church buildings.
At least, no more than on
Posted July 22nd, 2013 by & filed under Featured, New Thoughts from President Nolan, Practical Questions & Answers About SWC, Counseling & Art Therapy.
At Southwestern College, you find instructors and students who align with a wide variety of “spiritual paths”, although that is probably not exactly the phrase I want. Some students identify as Christian (although the specifics can vary quite a bit for that Tribe), some as Buddhists (same with them), some with variations of Hinduism, New…
Posted July 21st, 2013 by & filed under Conscious Entrepreneurship, Featured, New Thoughts from President Nolan.
Seven Ways to Build Your Resume & Create Career Opportnities
1) Join a professional organization,
2) Volunteer for a leadership position in it
3) Present at a professional, state level conference
4) Write a piece for Sunspots, the newsletter of the New Mexico Counseling Association (or a similar newsletter)
Posted July 21st, 2013 by & filed under Featured, New Thoughts from President Nolan, Paintsplash - Art Therapy, Top News.
This historically important article was written in 1993 by Deborah Good, former Chair of Art Therapy at Southwestern College in Santa Fe. New Mexico was the first state to license Art Therapists, I am told, and this article tracks the process of carrying it through legislation and on to fruition...It might be of interest to…
Posted July 18th, 2013 by & filed under Featured, New Thoughts from President Nolan.
Welcome to the Tribe of Healers
So here is the problem Southwestern College solves for you.
Your current direction or trajectory in life either 1) will not lead to a long term, viable career path, or 2) your current life situation lacks deeper meaning; you don’t feel like what you do every day makes…
Posted July 16th, 2013 by & filed under Featured, New Thoughts from President Nolan.
Had a great conversation with a close friend today. He lost his dad a couple weeks ago. As I say from time to time, that makes him a member of a club of which nobody really wants to be a member—Those Of Us Who Have Lost A Parent.
It was heartfelt, though even that…
Posted July 16th, 2013 by & filed under Featured, Paintsplash - Art Therapy, Top News.
by Magdalena Karlick
I have never considered myself a gardener. My mom and dad have always had a flourishing garden, and toil in the earth helping plants grow. My husband, too, is a fabulous gardener, and has created lush greenery in the various places where we have lived. I love to look at the…
Posted July 15th, 2013 by & filed under Featured, Paintsplash - Art Therapy, Top News.
by Debbie Schroder
The front door was already open and as I opened the sliding glass door to my patio, a fierce gust of wind blew through my house, lifting an antique plate and a figurine right off of the shelf they were on. They crashed to the floor in jagged pieces as I…
Posted July 12th, 2013 by & filed under Conscious Entrepreneurship, Featured, New Thoughts from President Nolan, Practical Questions & Answers About SWC, Counseling & Art Therapy.
Therapists are in a new era of Jobs, and need to know some entrepreneurial skills and resources, Southwestern College offers resources to help students and alumni learn these skills and become familiar with these resources. …
Posted July 11th, 2013 by & filed under Stories From The Edge Of The Desert.
It’s been raining. I am wet up to my knees. Cold and overcast. I am already primed with fear because I saw a black bear on the side of the road on my way here. Sure enough, a few minutes into the bush and there is fresh bear spore... less than a day old, I’d say. I retrace my steps…
Posted July 11th, 2013 by & filed under New Thoughts from President Nolan, Top News.
Not so long ago, at least in my lifetime, the American deal was this: You learned a trade, or went to college and maybe grad school, or you got a job in a factory (Chevy, Ford, Republic Steel, Emerson Electric, Asbestos Products), or warehouse (maybe skilled work, maybe grunt). The end result (the guarantee, the…
Posted July 10th, 2013 by & filed under Alumni News and Updates, Featured, Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work?.
Ishwari, Sollohub, LMHC, graduated from Southwestern College in 2007, with a Masters in Counseling with a Concentration in Grief, Loss and Trauma. She has been in private practice since then in Santa Fe. In September 2012, she expanded her practice to include one day per week (Fridays) in Los Alamos. This past April, Ishwari made…
Posted July 9th, 2013 by & filed under Student Reflections and Updates.
8 Things I Miss About Being at Southwestern College This Summer
By Allegra Borghese
Having the summer off and being home in New York with family is fantastic. I am working on a vineyard right near the beach, rent is free, and I have no papers to write. As much as I love receiving a…
Posted July 6th, 2013 by & filed under Top News.
On the Nature of Age, Memories, & Friends
It is kind of incomprehensible to think that Al and Kathy and I have known each other for over 40 years. When I lean into that one, I truly lose track of the nature of time. Yesterday we went to Taos Pueblo, and yesterday we were…
Posted July 1st, 2013 by & filed under Internship in Peru.