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Where Do Southwestern Grads Work? Jennifer Albright, Art Therapy/Counseling

Jennifer G. Albright, MA, ATR, LPC/MHSP Graduated in 2003. Professionally, I am working with Experiential Healing Center with private practice serving children, adolescents, and adults with individual, family, group services. In addition, I am teaching Methods and Principles of Substance Abuse Counseling at Southwest TN Community College. I continue to work with at…
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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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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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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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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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Gratitude at the Grand Canyon: Two Student’s Road Trip for Thanksgiving

SWC fun at the Grand Canyon By Allegra Borghese Part of the fun of moving to Santa Fe for grad school is getting to explore a new geographical location. The high deserts offer a different kind of vastness than the concrete jungles of the east coast. While a seven hour drive can get you…
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Staying Centered and Grounded as a Practicing Art Therapist

By Amy Hautman Bates So far my education at Southwestern College has been truly amazing.  The mission of the college “Transforming Consciousness Through Education” has resonated with my beliefs and values and the teachings have come easily for me.  But, learning about something and actually doing it can be very different.  It is common…
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In the Life of a New Student

By Lynda Klueh I remember the entrance of college in the undergraduate days, oh yes.  Call it what you want –the coming of age, leaving the nest, the rite of passage into unadulterated adulthood. As much as we think we’re cool, it’s hard to deny that somehow humans have an innate ability of knowing…
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Seeing first clients!

By Allegra Borghese   There will never be another ‘first client’. The feeling is so exciting. All the preparation of the last two (and probably more) years was present at the moment I first shook my client’s hand. Of course nerves are present too, but it felt so right being in this role.…
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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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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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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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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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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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Where do Southwestern College Grads Work? Ashley M. Simpson’s Art Therapy internship now full time in OK

 I am very busy. I am finishing up my supervision for my ATR and LPC here in Oklahoma. Even cooler, my supervisor is also a SWC grad! I am working Full time for the Cavett Kids Foundation, the same foundation I completed my internship with in 2012. With the Cavett Kids Foundation my title is…
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SWC Graduate, Carol Christianson, Santa Fe Counselor and Hynotherapist

Carol Christianson I graduated in 1995 and worked in the mental health field as a counselor in various agencies in NM, eventually becoming an academic advisor for 7 years.  In 2007, I decided to take time off from counseling and started a business doing American Clay installations.  This is a plastering process that is eco-friendly…
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Vision Quest Dreams Become Reality- Jessica Ventura-Ewing

 Jessica Ventura-Ewing "Until You Know Yourself Happiness Cannot Come To You" ~ Yogi Tea When thinking about the maternal lineage in my family the feeling that kept presenting itself was sadness. Not a normal type of every day sadness but a deep seeded sadness that stemmed from birth, something that all of the women of…
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Southwestern Grad, Matthew David, Santa Fe Therapist and Harmonica Player

Matthew David I'm working in private practice in Santa Fe. My office is located at 1807 Second Street, in the Second Street Studio complex. I've been doing this exclusively, on a part time basis – I now say that I'm “semi-retired”- since leaving The Life Healing Center in 2006. I work with adult individuals…
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Southwestern Grad, Lauren Taylor, working as Art Therapist in Oklahoma

Lauren Taylor Oklahoma City, OK   I graduated in 2010 with the MA in Art Therapy and Counseling, and just received my LPC in February of 2013.  While under supervision for my licence, I worked at the Community Learning Council which is a non-profit that focuses on working with women and children who have witnessed…
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Where Do Southwestern Grads Work? Kristin Sellke Koepke,
Art Therapist

Kristin Sellke Koepke Wauwatosa, WI I graduated from Southwestern in 2002 with my MA in Art Therapy. Since then I have lived in Illinois, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. I have spent most of my career working with children and adolescents, many of them in the foster care system. I am now an independent contractor in…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Paul Grim, Counselor

My wife Fern, foster daughter Kari, doggie Otto, and I are homesteading on our land in Lyle, WA where we have a 10,000 square foot vegetable "patch", solar power, and wood cooker. We are currently crammed into a tiny yurt, but we are building a new home during our spare time evenings and weekends. http://homesweetyurt.wordpress.com/. Fern is running the…
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What do Southwestern Grads Do For Work? Robert Levithan, Counselor, Writer

Hi, I graduated from SWC in 1994 when my life-expectancy was two years. I am happy to report that medical breakthroughs have helped me to be in near-perfect health for over 17 years. This chapter of my life, I am in my native New York City facilitating groups at Friends In Deed, a crisis center…
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Holistic Curriculum of Consciousness makes Southwestern College Counseling and Art Therapy program different

Southwestern College is dedicated to maintaining a holistic curriculum, NOT one fragmented into seemingly separate, un-connected subjects or courses. The Curriculum, we are convinced, is “Consciousness”, and we are all learning in the school of life, of form. The “learning” energy or action is moving through the subject matter that makes up the…
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