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Yearly Archive 2014

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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ONE LOVE

by Jessica Callaway, LPAT, LPCC, ATR-BC   I didn't know what to expect when I decided to go to Haiti. I realized when I was on the plane that I was partly, or mostly, going for selfish reasons. I was excited to practice art therapy and teach yoga in an environment I had…
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…the art of archetypal psychology

Animating your intellect is another way of describing active imagination. For some this description is preferable and yet it is essentially the same transcendent function. The intellect is keen on observation but perhaps less on aesthetic. Bringing in the creative aspect as well as personalized stylization can make our ideas truly come to life in…
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Attracting New Clients

This is episode 8 of the Aspiring Coaches and Therapists podcast, by Emilah Dawn DeToro and Jacob Gotwals. In this episode (recorded in November 2013), we talk about various ways of attracting new clients: what we’ve tried, what we like, what’s worked for us, and what hasn’t. Listen Now / Download (Duration: 41:52 — 28.8MB) …
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Psychotherapy as a Creative Process with Tejal Murray

This is episode 9 of the Aspiring Coaches and Therapists podcast, by Jacob Gotwals. In this episode (recorded in January 2014), I interview Tejal Murray, who recently completed a master’s in art therapy / counseling at Southwestern College. Listen Now / Download (Duration: 42:55 — 29.5MB) Find out: How Tejal’s background as an artist…
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Come See The Amazing Mr. Lee Cartwright

Lee Cartwright, M.A., developed shifting consciousness through Dimensions (SCtD), a neurological system for transforming trauma and personal limitations. He has written 3 books on SCtD. Lee believes that working with clients and teaching are sacred privileges. Lee is one of a kind. A Psycho-spiritual Alchemist, a Quixotic Healer, a guy who, while talking about deep trauma,…
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…tender time warps

What is most tender in your life? What are those frail and ephemeral things fluttering about your day that only you can see? Do you protect these pieces and parcels from the harsh winds? Do they come and go, hide from you, flicker in and out of view? I know what I know yet it’s…
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…between twiddle and tornado

In the lime light of this leaf’s life, there existed a certain twirling device. One clever, clutching thing was able to spin it, not once but twice. So how do we take what comes to us unraveled and turn it tight - bring it into focus, channel the light? This skill requires…
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Extremely Important Info on Art Therapy Job Outlook

If you are seriously thinking of going to graduate school in Art Therapy, please do yourself a favor and read this note in its entirety. Hi, my name is Jim Nolan, and I am president of Southwestern College. I have been tracking this issue very closely, as it is immensely important to the leadership…
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…calling back the night

The soul hears past the loud and obnoxious. It knows there is little substance in clamor. It does not detour just to stumble drunkenly down the stairs for there is little down there. Nor does it crawl over others to be at the top of the stairs for there is little there too.…
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Transformation & Healing Conference 2014 #T&H14

The New Earth Institute of Southwestern College is bringing John Bradshaw to be the Keynote Speaker, for the annual Transformation & Healing Conference in August, in Lovely Santa Fe!!   John Bradshaw has been an icon in popular mental health, healing and growth literature for decades. Stay tuned for his specific topics (there are…
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Dr. Carol Parker and Fairy Kitty…

Dr. Carol Parker is the Chair of the MA in Counseling Program, the Director of the Southwestern Counseling Center, and the Director of the Transformational Ecopsychology Certificate Program. But really, she would like to spend more time in the woods, in the desert, on Mother Earth. She has an affinity with cats, kitties, wildcats, big…
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Art Therapy/Counseling Chair, Debbie Schroder & Sancho…

Sancho is an official Southwestern College cat – he was born under the development trailer (used to be art therapy offices there). I think it’s rather serendipitous that he came into the world right underneath my old office. He has kind of an unfortunate name which he was given by someone who didn’t think I…
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President Nolan and Barney (Bobo) Nolan…

Today, March 12th is Barney's 12th birthday. I had his mama, Molly, who on this day, 2000, had a hard time during birth, needing a Cesarian, with two puppies not making it, and two being born. They all got names, because they deserved one...Barney made his energetic and determined little way into the world, and…
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