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Yearly Archive 2013

Making the Right Decision About Your Education, by First Year Student

By Beza Addis, first year student at Southwestern College   I can not overstate the significance of taking the time to learn about one's desire and need when it comes to education and career. Being able to find a school and a program that best fits my strengths and the demands of the…
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Introducing The New Earth Institute of Southwestern College

     Southwestern College’s “Community Education Program” has not been a “community education program” for a long time. It is, and has been, a jewel of a destination spot for holistic, integrative, indigenous, creative, and grounded New Age teaching and training. Some of the teachers and trainers and keynote presenters are names you…
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Tips from a 60 Year Old Guy Who Still Has to Work

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 should go to Highlands, or to UNM. They…
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Transformational Learning: An Iconoclastic Vision & Version

By Jim Nolan, President of Southwestern College (note from Jim: "I know this is too long to be a traditional blog. Thankfully, it is a non-traditional blog, so it all works out...") Back when Southwestern College first sought accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) in the early 1990’s, founder Robert Waterman and now Vice…
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Where Do Southwestern Grads Work? Alicia Hoffman

I have been in a private practice setting with Urban Balance in Chicago since 2011, painting and blogging about my work. Alicia Hoffman, LPCPsychotherapistUrban Balance, LLC www.urbanbalance.com Here is an excerpt from Alicia's blog (read full blog and others at http://aliciahoffmanlpc.blogspot.com/) I created this piece in 2004 as part of heuristic research project in my second…
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Giving Life to Unconscious Images through Collage and Poetry by Megan Sturges

by: Megan Sturges, copyright 2012 My practice in the studio is about giving life to the unconscious image in specific form through my hands and eyes – bringing it into this world of color and form through the embodied sense of yes or no, here or there, connecting, separating, line, shape, object, pattern.  Like…
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When Spiritual Counselors Ride The Quantum Physics Magic Carpet…

by Jim Nolan, Ph.D., President of Southwestern College, Santa Fe I notice these days that a lot of people in the spiritual counseling world, and related metaphysical worlds, are scrambling like crazy to support their beliefs or teachings by grabbing ahold of the somewhat elusive and esoteric coattails of what they knowingly call “Quantum Physics.” …
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How to Choose a Graduate School in Counseling or Art Therapy

I have come to realize that a lot of prospective students looking at master’s degrees in counseling or art therapy really just don’t get it. This graduate school journey is only very partially about “getting a master’s degree in counseling or art therapy.” It is really about: 1. Realizing your dreams (No kidding.) …
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Art Supply Swap!

  Magdalena Karlick and Kat Dison share a vision of providing a safe space to draw people together and experience creativity.  Their goal of spreading the arts was honored last weekend through a community art supply swap that was sponsored by the Santa Fe Creative Arts Center, New Mexico Art Therapy Association, and Southwestern College. With this additional support from the Santa Fe community, the art swap acted as…
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The Magician

by Kat Dison "Carl Jung realized that archetypes are not based on interactions and experiences between actual human beings, but on simplified characterizations. These simplified characters, or archetypes, perform roles that are essential to our understanding of the world. The magician archetype, for example, does not seek answers from external resources, but instead searches…
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Worthy of Power?

Most people seem to want leaders to lead. That was hard for me to grasp, initially, probably because I myself wanted to lead.  But it was, and continues to be, humbling how much power and trust people are willing to leave in your hands.  As a leader, a primary goal is to be worthy of…
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Leadership Priority #1: Loyalty to the Mission

My primary loyalty has to be to the mission of Southwestern College. Sometimes that will mean that individuals will be significantly unhappy, even angry. Being a leader means keeping a focus on the highest level of your responsibility, and trying your best to explain that to people who, in the moment, sometimes can only see…
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Conscious Leadership in the Service of Transformation

Conscious LeadershipYes, at Southwestern College we train psychotherapists, counselors, art therapists. But the longer I am here, and the more alumni we track, the more I am convinced that we are also training Leaders. (“Training” is probably not the right word—maybe “cultivating the Leader within” or something like that. People who come to Southwestern are…
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Marika Richard’s Seasonal Affective Disorder Treatment & Light Center, LLC

I am a 2005 alumni from the Art Therapy program. Since graduating from SWC I have been on many adventures as a therapist working in home-based and outpatient settings as a youth & family therapist, and with military populations as a traveling therapist in and outside of the US. I work part-time as a college…
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Jean Janu: “I love my work and this is truly what I am meant to do.”

Jean graduated from SWC in 2012 in Counseling with concentration in Grief, Loss, and Trauma. She is currently working as a contract BH counselor at La Clinica Del Pueblo in Tierra Amarilla, NM. "I work in the Rio Arriba County Detention Center half-a-day a week, I work in the schools with elementary and middle school…
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Brief Reflection on Loss, and on the Joy That Makes a Feeling of Loss Possible

Reflections from Jim Nolan, in an especially poignant week.... At one end, there is the unspeakable joy, at the other the unspeakable grief, except that they do not fall along a line, running away from each other, but curve toward the sky and meet as a circle of life, and the passing from life.…
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Where do Southwestern College Grads Work? Jaffa frank

Jaffa V. Frank, M.A., LMHC After graduating with my M.A. in Grief, Loss, and Trauma Counseling at Southwestern College in 2008, I did hospice bereavement counseling in Albuquerque, which was cut short by serious personal health issues. Having come through surgery healthier than ever, I decided to pursue my long-time dream and in September of…
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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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