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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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When Spiritual Counselors Ride The Quantum Physics Magic Carpet…

by Jim Nolan, Ph.D., President of Southwestern College, Santa Fe I notice these days that a lot of people in the spiritual counseling world, and related metaphysical worlds, are scrambling like crazy to support their beliefs or teachings by grabbing ahold of the somewhat elusive and esoteric coattails of what they knowingly call “Quantum Physics.” …
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How to Choose a Graduate School in Counseling or Art Therapy

I have come to realize that a lot of prospective students looking at master’s degrees in counseling or art therapy really just don’t get it. This graduate school journey is only very partially about “getting a master’s degree in counseling or art therapy.” It is really about: 1. Realizing your dreams (No kidding.) …
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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.…
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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,…
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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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