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The Give-Away: An Indigenous Abundance Ceremony

The Give-Away Ann Filemyr, Ph.D. Vice President of Academic Affairs & Dean, Southwestern College   In a number of different but related indigenous cultures, there exists the practice some call the Give-Away. This Ceremony is undertaken whenever an individual or family or clan group experiences a sense of great abundance, of plentitude and joy. Then…
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Reflections from Old Age, by President Nolan

As I grow older, I grow increasingly less tolerant of intolerance, I grow less patient with impatience, I become a great admirer of Questioners, and decidedly less admiring of those who claim to have Answers, I grow less respectful of rules, and more trusting of rule-breakers; I find Joy more compelling than Trauma, I find…
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Seven Distinctive Features of Southwestern College’s MA in Counseling Program

The Southwestern College Counseling program is fully approved by the Higher Learning Commission, and  offers a number of distinctive advantages over most other clinical programs. 1.  Our holistic, integrative clinical curriculum combines current evidence-based practices in the field with exposure to alternative and indigenous healing perspectives, traditions and ceremony, for a true multicultural flavor and training experience.   …
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The Reality About Art Therapy Master’s Degrees

by Dr. James Michael Nolan, President, Southwestern College Here it is, uncharacteristically succinctly from me: If you get a STRICTLY Art Therapy Master's degree, you MUST know that only 4 states (Mississippi, Kentucky, New Mexico, and Maryland) license Art Therapists as Art Therapists. That shocks some people, but it is just the way it is.…
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“I Am A Real Woman”, by Michelle Harkey

     Michelle Harkey is a student at Southwestern College and a Life Coach. This blog is an incredibly open and vulnerable, bold and powerful sharing of her own experience of herself and her own self-image... Please click below to access this amazing piece of work......   http://www.michelleharkey.com/blog/i-am-a-real-woman/…
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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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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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