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Posts by Jim Nolan

Thoughts On Free Art Therapy Programs, Distance Learning & America

Cathy Malchiodi’s several Facebook/Social Media threads on “Free Online Art Therapy Master’s Degree” certainly got a conversation going, and made a lot of us thoughtful about what this all means, where the world is going, and so on. Well, I am not that intimately familiar with all, or really ANY of the particulars, but…
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Why Should I Sign Up for a Certificate Program?

“Why Should I Sign Up for a Certificate Program?”   Southwestern College offers six Professional Certificates, and plenty of other places offer other ones, so this post is not really about SWC, it is about Professional Certificates.   Here are some thoughts on the subject:   First, I don’t…
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“We’ve Had 100 Years of Psychotherapy and the World is Getting Worse”

We’ve Had 100 Years of Psychotherapy and the World Is Getting Worse The venerable Jungian, James Hillman, and the iconoclastic Austinite and journalist Michael Ventura, improbably, wrote a book together. Title? We’ve Had 100 Years of Psychotherapy and the World Is Getting Worse. Provocative, funny, serious. Most of the popular models…
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First Year Southwestern Student: On Family Constellations

My Personal Take on Family Constellation    by Beza Addis In my 3rd quarter I had the opportunity to participate in a class activity that left a great impression in me. The activity was centered on family constellation and its influence in a counseling therapeutic setting. After listening to our guest instructor, Naomi, explain how…
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Why the ^&*@_&%^*n Are You Like That?

Whether One Believes in One Life or Multiple Lives Causes Facebook Battles Almost every big discussion, every argument, every philosophical diatribe, every socio-economic harangue, every position taken on social issues, even medical and “mental health” issues, seems to depend, ultimately, on where you stand on this issue:   Do you believe that…
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What Kind of Spiritual Practices Will I Find @ Southwestern College?

At Southwestern College, you find instructors and students who align with a wide variety of “spiritual paths”, although that is probably not exactly the phrase I want. Some students identify as Christian (although the specifics can vary quite a bit for that Tribe), some as Buddhists (same with them), some with variations of Hinduism, New…
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Seven Ways to Build Your Resume & Create Career Opportunities

Seven Ways to Build Your Resume & Create Career Opportnities 1) Join a professional organization, 2) Volunteer for a leadership position in it 3) Present at a professional, state level conference 4) Write a piece for Sunspots, the newsletter of the New Mexico Counseling Association (or a similar newsletter) 5) Volunteer…
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Art Therapy Licensure in New Mexico–An Historical Journey

This historically important article was written in 1993 by Deborah Good, former Chair of Art Therapy at Southwestern College in Santa Fe. New Mexico was the first state to license Art Therapists, I am told, and this article tracks the process of carrying it through legislation and on to fruition...It might be of interest to…
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On the Nature of Age, Memories, & Friends

On the Nature of Age, Memories, & Friends It is kind of incomprehensible to think that Al and Kathy and I have known each other for over 40 years. When I lean into that one, I truly lose track of the nature of time. Yesterday we went to Taos Pueblo, and yesterday we were…
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The History of Philosophy, Art, Music & Literature in One Blog.

Or "Unity Consciousness and Diversity Consciousness" Explored by Dr. James Michael Anthony Nolan In addition to teaching mainstream Psychology and Art Therapy practice, this is the kind of conversation some of us get into at Southwestern College. My brothers tend to think I am not serious, that I am grandstanding, that nobody has conversations about…
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Social Media Coach: Images & Infinitely More

Images, You Tube, Call to Action, Instagram, Vine, Vimeo, Scoop It, Stumble Upon, Trip Advisor, Yelp and Keywords Using Images You will decide for yourself what your web page will look like, but you should make this general note to yourself: Pinterest, the newer Facebook Timelines,the new Google Plus,  and a lot of the popular…
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Making the Right Decision About Your Education, by First Year Student

By Beza Addis, first year student at Southwestern College   I can not overstate the significance of taking the time to learn about one's desire and need when it comes to education and career. Being able to find a school and a program that best fits my strengths and the demands of the…
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Introducing The New Earth Institute of Southwestern College

     Southwestern College’s “Community Education Program” has not been a “community education program” for a long time. It is, and has been, a jewel of a destination spot for holistic, integrative, indigenous, creative, and grounded New Age teaching and training. Some of the teachers and trainers and keynote presenters are names you…
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Tips from a 60 Year Old Guy Who Still Has to Work

Let me give you a few tips.  If you really want to save money, or if paying for graduate school seems impossible, or if the idea of paying more for a highly designed and intentional holistic graduate education in Counseling or Art Therapy makes you crazy, you should go to Highlands, or to UNM. They…
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Transformational Learning: An Iconoclastic Vision & Version

By Jim Nolan, President of Southwestern College (note from Jim: "I know this is too long to be a traditional blog. Thankfully, it is a non-traditional blog, so it all works out...") Back when Southwestern College first sought accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) in the early 1990’s, founder Robert Waterman and now Vice…
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