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Yearly Archive 2014

… a new dawn

a new dawn is upon you. take yourself into it. be beckoned. be born into moments afresh. send spells of glory with your mouth. listen for your breath. and love, love, always love. sometimes we think we are not enough. our words are not enough. our actions are not enough. our skills our intellect…
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…humans among the heather

Like everything in nature, I express myself because I have to. This phenomenon is essentially universal and our unique self-expressions communicate our unique needs and purpose. An owl has galactic eyes because it requires navigating dark space. A butterfly has fragile wings so as to ride the day's subtle breezes. An alligator's skin is thick…
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Applied Interpersonal Neurobiology

At Southwestern College, we are about to launch a certificate program in "Applied Interpersonal Neurobiology". Kate Cook will be the Director of the program, and you can find our more about it here:  http://swc.edu/applying-to-certificate-specialty-programs/applied-interpersonal-neurobiology/#.U8WoesJOWM8 Meanwhile, here is a delightful presentation from Bonnie Badenoch, one of the queenpins of the field... http://swc.edu/applying-to-certificate-specialty-programs/applied-interpersonal-neurobiology/#.U8WoesJOWM8   …
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…doublevision

Often we need to consult a second set of eyes and ears in order to catch all that is happening. Therapists especially require periods of reflection in order to keep perspective of a larger picture. A client’s story, history or current crisis can take on a kind of gravity, pulling awareness down until it becomes…
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Archetypally Speaking…

In April, a call was made: "Archetypally speaking, who is showing up for you lately? What mentors, thieves, medicine folk, or tricksters are asking you to speak their name, embody their abilities, and artfully express the connections you have? Please, answer the call, create the art, embody the voice that wants to be heard and…
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of wishes asunder…

And suddenly you realize that each moment is attached with the same force of seeds on a dandelion and that they are destined to depart. Your life is a mandala of moving parts. Wet water-colored memories bleed as you blow on them and the seeds spatter and scatter in the wind. Those seeds set by…
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What I learned at Southwestern…

When I started looking around for the right master’s program that would feed my spiritual side and not be like the typical programs at large universities, I asked three counselors that I happened to know. They all independently stated “Southwestern College”. One was a recent graduate and the other two attended the transformational healing conference…
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Diversity Dialogue: Straight White Male Safety

The "Diversity Dialogue" series also helps me understand my penchant for traveling, and having experiences in countries and circumstances many would find uncomfortable... As a straight Celtic-American male, I can travel far and wide and not have too many uncomfortable experiences, or even ones where I notice I am, OR FEEL as though I am…
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Southwestern College Hires New VP of Academic Affairs & Dean

IMPORTANT SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE ANNOUNCEMENT! Dear Friends & Colleagues, We are honored and excited to announce that Dr. Ann Filemyr has accepted a position as the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Southwestern College! ... Ann most recently served as the Dean and Chief Academic Officer at the Institute of American Indian…
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REBOOT YOUR BODY, MIND, AND SPIRIT WITH COLLAGE!

by Karen Stefano Ed.M., M.A., L.P.C., NCC Karenstefano@icloud.com, www.tissuepapercollage.net How can you unwind your body and mind, listen to the inner stirrings of your spirit, and supercharge your creativity? It’s easy. Tissue Paper Collage! Mythologist Joseph Campbell said, “The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” The truth is that our…
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…love is listening

Defining Archetypal Psychology is archetypal psychology. It is an ongoing investigation and inquiry between the primordial and the present. Our attempts to define something require the use of symbols and words, universal structures, mental constructs and a myriad of archetypal aspects in order to make meaning. We can follow common threads throughout culture’s lineage and…
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The Difference Between “Counseling” and “Counseling Psychology”-An Update

There is a radical difference between the fields of "Counseling" and "Counseling Psychology." Some people argue the details, but anybody thinking they want to become a therapist needs to know the difference before choosing a school and a program. This is really, really important, and can save you a lot of money, time, and confusion.…
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…core and complex

I keep trying to grasp what it means to be but all I can see comes and goes too quickly. When I try and define something archetypally ten thousand patterns sprawl out before me. Each time I go to organize my thoughts I find myself further from the point. Oops – there it goes again.…
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