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Things To Do If You Are Leaving the State for Internship or a Job

Tips on Moving Away from New Mexico Moving to another state for Internship or permanently? I have some tips you really might want to consider in order to make your life a little bit more negotiable. 1. Join the professional organizations for the state to which you are moving (North Carolina Art Therapy Association, or…
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Jobs in Mental Health

Here are some resources that might should interest you...  This site is all about jobs and careers... http://swc.edu/alumniservices/jobs-in-mental-health/#.Uv-d7fldU1A My intention is to cover the following topics: Counseling Jobs Art Therapy Jobs Alcohol and Drug Abuse Jobs Internships Jobs in Santa Fe (for students who need a few extra…
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Job Search Ideas Therapists Might Be Missing

A lot of job seekers take the obvious (and smart) tack of scouring the newspapers (OK, I get that newspapers don’t really exist anymore—just being metaphorical) for job listings, job openings. They read the descriptions ,write a relevant cover letter, or fill out the online application, proof the old resume or CV, and hope…
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In Search of the Long-Tailed Job…

In the Social Media world, the term “long-tailed” suggests a web search of specificity that increases as the tail (or descriptor list) gets longer.   Example:   It’s the difference between Googling “New Mexican restaurants in Santa Fe” and “New Mexican restaurants that serve sopaipillas in Santa Fe , close to…
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Please Stop Using “Trauma”, “Healing” and “Awesome” Disrespectfully

People in the psychotherapy world use the word "traumatic" far too glibly. Trauma is not the same as "I didn't like it." And people talk about "Healing" all the time, but does that mean the person who is getting the healing is "wounded"? Healing should NOT mean "It felt good." I just want us…
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Ten Reasons to Consider Southwestern College

Ten reasons to consider Southwestern College, Santa Fe, for Art Therapy or Counseling, or both.       1. You can graduate being (almost) eligible for three licenses instead of one. Art Therapy, Counseling, Drug and Alcohol Abuse. (You may need a few more hours of practice in the drug and alcohol area, but then…
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Let’s Not Get Crazy With the Bucharest Thing

The Problem with Evidence Epistemology is the study of “How do you know what you know?” The world of social science has adopted a position that, as clinicians, only scientific research evidence is worthy of our attention. Providing services using any other methods for which “scientific evidence” is not yet available is considered…
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The Problem with Evidence

The Problem with Evidence Epistemology is the study of “How do you know what you know?” The world of social science has adopted a position that, as clinicians, only scientific research evidence is worthy of our attention. Providing services using any other methods for which “scientific evidence” is not yet available is considered…
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I Am So Tired of Know-It-Alls…

“Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart, and try to love the questions themselves.” --Rainer Maria Rilke Einstein, Rilke and many others have recognized the ascendant value of discovering profound questions, and of hanging out with them (the questions, not Einstein and Rilke) in hopes of discovering even better questions. These…
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Shadow Side of a Peacekeeper: Using Art to Explore Beyond “Nice”…

This video (click below)  is an amazing piece of inner reflection, exploration, engaging the shadow side of a "nice person" and coming to peace with all she finds... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaW-uu3O4Cc Amazing piece by Amy Hautman-Bates.... Thank you for sharing this, Amy...... (Mural featured in photograph is from Southwestern College Art Therapy/Counseling students'…
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The Decision That Is Way Too Big to Get Wrong

Deciding On A Graduate School?   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…
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Five Tips on Career Development/Advancement

Four Tips On Career Development and Advancement by Jim Nolan Warning: If you are lazy, or like being a victim, do not read any further. It won't really do you any good.  1. If you are hired to work for X hours a week, NEVER say to yourself, and certainly not to your employer: “I…
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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 I…
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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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