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Worthy of Power?

Most people seem to want leaders to lead. That was hard for me to grasp, initially, probably because I myself wanted to lead.  But it was, and continues to be, humbling how much power and trust people are willing to leave in your hands.  As a leader, a primary goal is to be worthy of…
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Leadership Priority #1: Loyalty to the Mission

My primary loyalty has to be to the mission of Southwestern College. Sometimes that will mean that individuals will be significantly unhappy, even angry. Being a leader means keeping a focus on the highest level of your responsibility, and trying your best to explain that to people who, in the moment, sometimes can only see…
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Conscious Leadership in the Service of Transformation

Conscious LeadershipYes, at Southwestern College we train psychotherapists, counselors, art therapists. But the longer I am here, and the more alumni we track, the more I am convinced that we are also training Leaders. (“Training” is probably not the right word—maybe “cultivating the Leader within” or something like that. People who come to Southwestern are…
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Brief Reflection on Loss, and on the Joy That Makes a Feeling of Loss Possible

Reflections from Jim Nolan, in an especially poignant week.... At one end, there is the unspeakable joy, at the other the unspeakable grief, except that they do not fall along a line, running away from each other, but curve toward the sky and meet as a circle of life, and the passing from life. And…
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SWC Social Media Coaching: Pinterest, Twitter, Google Plus, Hootsuite

Conversation Number Four: Images, Pinterest, You Tube, Twitter, Google Plus, Hootsuite Using Images You will decide for yourself what your page will look like, but you should note this: Pinterest, the newer Facebook Timelines, and a lot of the popular literature on social media marketing emphasize the increasing importance of images, photos, videos, memes, infographs…
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SWC Social Media Coaching: General Guidelines

Southwestern College’s Social Media Coaching Conversation Number Three: General Guidelines and Info about Social media (stuff you should know early on) Establishing a Clear Identity It helps to have a clear sense of your mission, your strengths, and the kind of practice (and/or website) you ideally would like to create. When I see ads where…
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Southwestern College’s New Social Media Coaching Conversations Series…

Southwestern College’s Social Media Coaching Conversations…  --for students, alumni, faculty & staff of Southwestern College --by Jim Nolan, President, Southwestern College Conversation Number One: Intro & Facebook Over the past several years, I have made a valiant effort to put Southwestern College on the Social Media map. As you probably know, Social Media has become…
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SWC’s INSAM Certificate Program: What Is It?

by Laura L. Lansrud-López, M.A., LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, CTS , & James Michael Nolan, Ph.D. INSAM stands for “Interpersonal Neurobiology, Somatics & Action Methods. Interpersonal Neurobiology, a relatively new interdisciplinary field, integrates our current scientific understanding of how the brain can re-wire itself in the context of a safe and secure interpersonal relationship to integrate…
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Letter from President Nolan to Those Thinking About Coming to Southwestern College

Greetings from Southwestern College… At Southwestern College, our primary commitment is to the transformation of our students’ lives. We take that charge very seriously. For us, “transformation”, “consciousness”, holistic psychotherapy and integrative health are not buzz words, but the stuff of everyday conversations and classroom experiences. It is our focus. The focus on…
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Where Southwestern College Grads Work: Luisa Kolker…

Luisa Kolker graduated from Southwestern College, where she studied Counseling. Interestingly, I met her through Social Media, where I became aware of this really funny, transparent and seemingly wise woman who was doing Shamanic work in Santa Fe. I knew she was a graduate of the school and thought it would be great to meet…
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Is a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy or Counseling Worth It?

The Value of a Master’s Degree I received my BA in English in 1975, and the skills and appreciation of literature I learned back then, and the full meaning of that experience are still unfolding, still “paying off” some 38 years later. I never made a dime from my undergraduate and one year of graduate…
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A View Into Accreditation…Notes from Chicago

Southwestern College is a holistic, integrative, spiritually conscious graduate school in sleepy Santa Fe, New Mexico. We are unknown even to some long-time residents of Santa Fe itself. (This is changing with our ever-expanding social media presence, but still…) But most people (including our students, faculty and staff) probably do not have an awareness of…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Deb Heikes, Counseling

During my Masters Program at Southwestern College, I obtained a certificate as a Gestalt Therapist by the Gestalt Institute of Santa Fe. I graduated Southwestern College March 2006 and began working at Life Healing Center full-time as the evening therapist. Because of the combination of training, I had the confidence to take the leap into…
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Where Do Southwestern Grads Work? Laura Lansrud-Lopez, Art Therapy/Counseling

 Laura L. Lansrud-Lopez, M.S., M.A., LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, CTS I was working full-time as the Family Services Program Coordinator for TeamBuilders Counseling Services when I graduated from the Art Therapy / Counseling program in March, 2007. The birth of my first daughter in 2008 prompted my reluctant departure from TeamBuilders, and set me on a…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Heather Wulfers, Art Therapy/Counseling

Heather Wulfers, LMHC, ATR I graduated from the Art Therapy/Counseling program in March 2010 and have been working as a licensed therapist both at Southwestern Counseling Center and in private practice. As the coordinator at the counseling center, I stay connected to the College community and work with all kinds of diverse clients, which I…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Craig McAdams, Counseling

Craig McAdams, M.A. LMHC, After returning from internship in Peru, I graduated with a Master’s in Counseling from Southwestern College in 2012 and became a member of the Board of Trustees. Now I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I am working with children and families at the Southwest Family…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Magdalena Karlick, Art Therapy/Counseling

Magdalena Karlick, ATR, LPAT, LPCC, since graduating from Southwestern College in 2009, I got married and gave birth at home to 2 sons, Judah Marley, almost 3 yrs old, and Isa Caw, 3 months old (as of January 2013). I finished SWC’s Interpersonal Neurobiology and Action Methods certificate in 2011. I am working towards licensure…
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Where Southwestern Grads Work: Shauna Perry, Art Therapy/Counseling

Shauna Perry, M.A., LPC, I graduated from the Art Therapy/Counseling program at Southwestern College in the Fall of 2010. I am currently living in Denver, CO and working for Jewish Family Services as a school based therapist for refugee and immigrant students at two Denver Public High Schools and one Middle School. My work involves…
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Southwestern College is a Calling: What Do We Mean By Holistic, Spiritual?

Part Two: Language can be a complicated thing. At Southwestern College, we continue to reach for the best language we can find to describe what we do. We call our program holistic, or integrative. We also use the term “spiritually-sourced”; that term probably requires some unpacking. At Southwestern College, we REGULARLY enroll students whose…
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Experiential Learning at Southwestern College….

Is there Drama Therapy at Southwestern College? By Allegra Borghese   At Southwestern College we incorporate many modes and traditions of healing into the classroom. For first year students in Consciousness I, we were asked to represent our findings of a research project through an interactive performance. While the introverted part of me was not…
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Southwestern College is a Calling: Part Two

Part Two:  Who Teaches at Southwestern College? And How? Well, our faculty members do much more than “teach."  As you can guess by reading that first piece. Teaching sounds like “I know a bunch of stuff you don’t know, and if you will listen and take notes, I will share it with you. Then YOU…
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Southwestern College is Not Just a Graduate School: It is a Calling

Southwestern College (Santa Fe) is Not Just a Graduate School: It is a Calling --- by President, Dr.  Jim Nolan Every master’s degree program in Counseling has to offer a similar core of courses to be accredited, or recognized by licensing boards--these courses include  stuff like Professional Ethics, Counseling Theory and Practice, Group Dynamics…
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What is the Difference Between Grief and Trauma? from Rev. Ted Wiard

 A Blog on Grief and Loss, from Ted Wiard Dear Ted, What is the difference between grief and trauma? Sincerely, Just Interested Dear Interested: Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, grief and trauma are common topics in our world today. Grief is the natural emotional process of healing after a loss that allows the intensity…
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Growthiness, By Andrew Fearnside

3000 Hours: Growthiness   Growthy [Grohth-ee] adjective. 1. Generating personal growth. 2. Transformative.   Growth. Transformation. Expanding consciousness. Meaning the development of new psychological capacities, new relationships, new understandings. Those are the goals. I believe they're the goals of every being everywhere, including mountains and rivers and clouds, if…
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The Blooming of the Southwestern College Campus…

The new Heartlink (SWC’s newsletter) is out! There are many pieces of great interest, but the lead article tracks the expansion, enhancement and beautification of Southwestern College’s campus. We started with the decision in 2009 to build the Art Therapy building. That decision set up on a path that has is driving us into our…
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Digital Natives & Digital Immigrants: A Multicultural Chasm

Speaking the Language of the Digital Natives OK, here is something the world needs. Authentic, committed, serious, spirited, informed, good-humored, action-backed, energetic and collaborative conversations and team-building around "Social Media and Higher Education." Oh, sure there are Linked In and Facebook groups that kind of look like they could be having these conversations,…
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Southwestern College’s New Art Space: The Mandala Corridor…..

MAKE A MANDALA FOR OUR NEW ART SPACE! Have you noticed the new framed mandalas decorating the hallways that lead to the upstairs classroom in the Administration Building?  Check them out!  The art in this hallway welcomes prospective students on campus tours and uplifts the classrooms and faculty offices nearby. Last month we had…
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The Teachings of Pachamama, Mother Earth

Pachamama is my teacher...........                                                             by Candy Jones, 2nd year student at Southwestern College I go among trees and sit still. All my stirring becomes quiet around me like circles on water. My tasks lie in their places where I left them, asleep like cattle." Wendell Berry from a timbered chore take me to Bethlehem…
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Southwestern College Needs Men. So Do A Lot of Clients Out There…

Musings on the scarcity of men in the helping professions.... It is no news to anybody—there are not a lot of men at Southwestern College. We are all aware of what has been called the “feminization” of psychology and the helping professions in recent years. (You can Google that one and stay busy for weeks,…
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Transforming Consciousness through Weight Loss: A Complicated Psychological Journey

Changing Form to Change Spirit: Losing Weight as a Transformational Journey So….there is a line of thinking that holds that we should feel good about ourselves, no matter what. Being in shape or not, having advanced degrees or not, whether we are handsome or not, beautiful or not, full plumaged or bald, whether we drink…
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