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Monthly Archive August 2013

Please Stop Using “Trauma”, “Healing” and “Awesome” Disrespectfully

People in the psychotherapy world use the word "traumatic" far too glibly. Trauma is not the same as "I didn't like it." And people talk about "Healing" all the time, but does that mean the person who is getting the healing is "wounded"? Healing should NOT mean "It felt good." I just want us…
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Ten Reasons to Consider Southwestern College

Ten reasons to consider Southwestern College, Santa Fe, for Art Therapy or Counseling, or both.       1. You can graduate being (almost) eligible for three licenses instead of one. Art Therapy, Counseling, Drug and Alcohol Abuse. (You may need a few more hours of practice in the drug and…
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Let’s Not Get Crazy With the Bucharest Thing

The Problem with Evidence Epistemology is the study of “How do you know what you know?” The world of social science has adopted a position that, as clinicians, only scientific research evidence is worthy of our attention. Providing services using any other methods for which “scientific evidence” is not yet available is considered…
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The Problem with Evidence

The Problem with Evidence Epistemology is the study of “How do you know what you know?” The world of social science has adopted a position that, as clinicians, only scientific research evidence is worthy of our attention. Providing services using any other methods for which “scientific evidence” is not yet available is considered…
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I Am So Tired of Know-It-Alls…

“Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart, and try to love the questions themselves.” --Rainer Maria Rilke Einstein, Rilke and many others have recognized the ascendant value of discovering profound questions, and of hanging out with them (the questions, not Einstein and Rilke) in hopes of discovering even better questions. These…
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Shadow Side of a Peacekeeper: Using Art to Explore Beyond “Nice”…

This video (click below)  is an amazing piece of inner reflection, exploration, engaging the shadow side of a "nice person" and coming to peace with all she finds... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaW-uu3O4Cc Amazing piece by Amy Hautman-Bates.... Thank you for sharing this, Amy...... (Mural featured in photograph is from Southwestern College Art Therapy/Counseling students'…
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The Decision That Is Way Too Big to Get Wrong

Deciding On A Graduate School?   Let me give you a few tips.   If you really want to save money, or if paying for graduate school seems impossible, or if the idea of paying more for a highly designed and intentional holistic graduate education in Counseling or Art Therapy makes you crazy, you…
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Five Tips on Career Development/Advancement

Four Tips On Career Development and Advancement by Jim Nolan Warning: If you are lazy, or like being a victim, do not read any further. It won't really do you any good.  1. If you are hired to work for X hours a week, NEVER say to yourself, and certainly not to your employer: “I…
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Aha and Aho! Reflections of Gratitude

Today I attended the first of a two day  Phoenix based EMDR conference with Columbian born Ana Gomez.  Ana  is reputed to be a leader in EMDR implementation, research, and development of  protocols for children and adolescents.    Her presentation today began with a liturgy on the importance of metaphors (Thanks Jim…
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Learning the Power of Language at Southwestern College

by Amy Hautman Bates We talk a lot about language at SWC. What are you saying? What do you really mean? This careful attention to words is part of the school’s mission of “Transforming Consciousness Through Education.” And in a way, transforming education through consciousness. A huge step in gaining self-awareness is hearing…
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Thoughts On Free Art Therapy Programs, Distance Learning & America

Cathy Malchiodi’s several Facebook/Social Media threads on “Free Online Art Therapy Master’s Degree” certainly got a conversation going, and made a lot of us thoughtful about what this all means, where the world is going, and so on. Well, I am not that intimately familiar with all, or really ANY of the particulars, but…
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Why Should I Sign Up for a Certificate Program?

“Why Should I Sign Up for a Certificate Program?”   Southwestern College offers six Professional Certificates, and plenty of other places offer other ones, so this post is not really about SWC, it is about Professional Certificates.   Here are some thoughts on the subject:   First, I don’t…
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Risking It All To Go to Southwestern College in Santa Fe, New Mexico

by Amy Hautman Bates   A year ago, I was  comfortable in my perfectly tailored house in North Carolina. I had a well appointed art studio, lush flower gardens, a wonderful collection of friends and  both kids in college nearby. Life was pretty idyllic. I had solid routines and a finely crafted ways…
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“We’ve Had 100 Years of Psychotherapy and the World is Getting Worse”

We’ve Had 100 Years of Psychotherapy and the World Is Getting Worse The venerable Jungian, James Hillman, and the iconoclastic Austinite and journalist Michael Ventura, improbably, wrote a book together. Title? We’ve Had 100 Years of Psychotherapy and the World Is Getting Worse. Provocative, funny, serious. Most of the popular models…
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First Year Southwestern Student: On Family Constellations

My Personal Take on Family Constellation    by Beza Addis In my 3rd quarter I had the opportunity to participate in a class activity that left a great impression in me. The activity was centered on family constellation and its influence in a counseling therapeutic setting. After listening to our guest instructor, Naomi, explain how…
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