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Posts by Jim Nolan

Welcome, New & Returning Students: Sage Advice from the Second Floor

First week of class is a drag race through all kinds of cool, clandestine, and smoky neighborhoods, meeting the denizens of the back alleys of consciousness, or Portland, or Austin... Students willing to close their eyes and see with their hearts and run a million miles an hour into the forest at midnight, because it…
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The PO Is In The Room, by Andrew Fearnside

Andrew Fearnside's Blog Series offers unique, poignant and tragicomedic insights into the work of being a therapist. He is a relatively recent graduate of Southwestern College   3000 Hours: The PO*.   Court-ordered clients [hereafter referred to as patients] bring their PO into therapy with them. As the therapist, I have to…
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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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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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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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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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“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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