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Yearly Archive 2013

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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Why the ^&*@_&%^*n Are You Like That?

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…
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What Kind of Spiritual Practices Will I Find @ Southwestern College?

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…
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Seven Ways to Build Your Resume & Create Career Opportunities

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) 5) Volunteer…
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Art Therapy Licensure in New Mexico–An Historical Journey

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…
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MEDICINE WALK

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…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Ishwari, Sollohub

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…
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On the Nature of Age, Memories, & Friends

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…
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The History of Philosophy, Art, Music & Literature in One Blog.

Or "Unity Consciousness and Diversity Consciousness" Explored by Dr. James Michael Anthony Nolan In addition to teaching mainstream Psychology and Art Therapy practice, this is the kind of conversation some of us get into at Southwestern College. My brothers tend to think I am not serious, that I am grandstanding, that nobody has conversations about…
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Wholeness Through Mandalas; Putting the Pieces Together For Greater Unity

  by Amy Hautman Bates The Mandala is a symbol of wholeness. And within that oneness, there is a wonderful kaleidoscope of experiences and expressions. Every moment, is new as everything sparkles and changes and as each facet moves, everything around it shifts in response. It is a beautiful dance of creative energy…
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Social Media Coach: Images & Infinitely More

Images, You Tube, Call to Action, Instagram, Vine, Vimeo, Scoop It, Stumble Upon, Trip Advisor, Yelp and Keywords Using Images You will decide for yourself what your web page will look like, but you should make this general note to yourself: Pinterest, the newer Facebook Timelines,the new Google Plus,  and a lot of the popular…
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