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Yearly Archive 2014

Natascha Holmes Art Opening– Exploring the Inner World through Color

By Natascha Holmes Opening Reception at Wildheart Gallery, Southwestern College Campus, Santa Fe, NM When I am working with the materials and an image comes forth, I am aware that a story is unfolding.   It really is my honor to be the channel for the colors, shapes and messages that are there.  The…
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Is “Art Therapist” a Real Job?

Is “Art Therapist” Really a Job?? by jim nolan Yep. As president of a school that offers a master’s degree in Art Therapy/Counseling, I have heard a lot of stories from students about the first time they read an article in the paper about some Art Therapist or another doing amazing work. Almost invariably,…
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Is “Art Therapist” Really a Job??

Is “Art Therapist” Really a Job?? Yep. As president of a school that offers a master’s degree in Art Therapy/Counseling, I have heard a lot of stories from students about the first time they read an article in the paper about some Art Therapist or another doing amazing work. Almost invariably, it was…
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Guiding A Person Through Ambivalence with Motivational Interviewing

by Amy Hautman Bates As a student practicing therapeutic work, I have been uncomfortable with the power dynamic between clients and therapists.  As a counselor, I don’t like “playing the expert” and as a client, I don't like talking to someone when they act like they know more about me than I know about…
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Failure Becomes the Seed of Possibility

What I have learned at Southwestern College is that each quarter brings with it new experiences. Sometimes they are wrapped in neat little packages with cute little bows, and sometimes whatever I receive I’d like to send back and pretend it was addressed to someone else. That being said, sometimes the most painful experiences lead…
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Career and Life – Creating a Vision Board with Collage

Making Vision boards- Popularized by Oprah and Martha Beck In Career and Life Development class Webb Garrison kicked off the vision board project by leading us through a long meditation where we walked into a forest  and eventually came upon a treasure chest.  We opened the chest to see what was inside. These dreamy treasures…
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2013 International Day of Peace Celebration

Meditation, Labyrinth Walk, Blessing "If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner." Nelson Mandela (From Long Walk to Freedom, 1995) “I have found people who envy my peace. That peace comes from prayer; I am not a man of learning but…
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The Healing Power of Ceremony and Nature

During the warm days of autumn, a small group of us gathered in a wilderness area beside a lovely mountain stream, high above Santa Fe.  The entire mountainside was covered with green conifers and aspens turning gold.  At 10,000 feet elevation, deer and elk are abundant and the air is pure.   Just…
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SWC: The Experience by Claudia Escareño-Clark

As graduate assistants at Southwestern College we get to do a variety of tasks, depending on our strengths and interests. While doing social media and blogging, I came up with the idea last fall to do a series of videos. What I realized is that while I was fortunate enough to already be living…
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Mapping Out Family Systems with Genogram Oil Painting

By Amy Hautman Bates I can easily draw a family tree, but in Family Art Therapy class we are making genograms to explain our relationships with our families. Many people can map out their family systems with an assortment of boxes and lines and symbols. Here is what a typical genogram looks like: …
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Psychology of Altruism: A Creative Experience

by Christine Miller, M.A. Candidate in Art Therapy and Counseling at Southwestern College The initial quarter of classes I took at Southwestern College was both exciting and intimidating. It was through one of my first and most memorable classes, that I learned the value of intention. Without a concrete intent to work on something I would get…
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Forgiveness

Would I rather be ‘right’ or be in the loving?   “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” - Mother Teresa “As I walked out the door…
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Laying Low

*This post is a special note to myself, a reminder that my job is not to be Little Miss Sunshine ALL the time, but more accurately sometimes the clearest joy is in continuing on. So what if I need to get things done—like go to my job so I can keep making money to…
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Balancing Act/Rhythm Dance

Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.  Robert Fulgham Is our purpose to achieve greater balance? To learn to set additional, or clearer, or more flexible boundaries with our activities and others? …
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An Art Therapy Student’s Resolutions for the New Year

My New Year resolutions are usually the same every year: be healthier, be nicer, and appreciate the simple things. But this year felt different. For some reason I lit a candle and mediated. I felt there was something specific I needed to hear for 2014. I hope that sharing with the SWC community is a…
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Completion

Freedom Did you ever have that feeling like a cloud of lively bats is swarming about your head? I have and it's really challenging to get bat guano out of a sweater. Seriously though, having a lot of incompletes  is like that cloud of bats--those unfinished tasks just won't leave me alone. Even when…
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