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Posts by Magdalena Karlick

Outdoor Art Show

  When you come on to campus tomorrow, you will see that art has popped up here and there. There are heads coming out of the ground near the student lounge. There is a nest, made out of skis and tubing behind the main building. And a chair, with feet, waiting to see you. Enjoy the…
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Archetypally Speaking…

In April, a call was made: "Archetypally speaking, who is showing up for you lately? What mentors, thieves, medicine folk, or tricksters are asking you to speak their name, embody their abilities, and artfully express the connections you have? Please, answer the call, create the art, embody the voice that wants to be heard and…
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REBOOT YOUR BODY, MIND, AND SPIRIT WITH COLLAGE!

by Karen Stefano Ed.M., M.A., L.P.C., NCC Karenstefano@icloud.com, www.tissuepapercollage.net How can you unwind your body and mind, listen to the inner stirrings of your spirit, and supercharge your creativity? It’s easy. Tissue Paper Collage! Mythologist Joseph Campbell said, “The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” The truth is that our…
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ONE LOVE

by Jessica Callaway, LPAT, LPCC, ATR-BC   I didn't know what to expect when I decided to go to Haiti. I realized when I was on the plane that I was partly, or mostly, going for selfish reasons. I was excited to practice art therapy and teach yoga in an environment I had…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Jack Lehman, Counseling

1996 Grad, Jack Lehman, MA, LPCC 
Certified Trainer – Center for Nonviolent Communication. In Thailand, north of Chiang Mai, I worked individually with workshop participants in front of a group. It was a 2 day Introduction to Nonviolent Communication. I spent much of the winter of ‘10 -’11 in Thailand and gave 3 workshops…
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Psychology of Altruism: A Creative Experience

by Christine Miller, M.A. Candidate in Art Therapy and Counseling at Southwestern College The initial quarter of classes I took at Southwestern College was both exciting and intimidating. It was through one of my first and most memorable classes, that I learned the value of intention. Without a concrete intent to work on something I would get…
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Art Therapy Supervision

As an Art Therapist, I know that the art process is an important container. As a supervisor, I like to weave in art making and sand tray work in supervision, to articulate client and agency issues and express the multi-dimensional experience that a new therapist has. Katelyn did her practicum and internship at a…
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Art Supply Swap!

  Magdalena Karlick and Kat Dison share a vision of providing a safe space to draw people together and experience creativity.  Their goal of spreading the arts was honored last weekend through a community art supply swap that was sponsored by the Santa Fe Creative Arts Center, New Mexico Art Therapy Association, and Southwestern College. With this additional support from the Santa Fe community, the art swap acted as…
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The Magician

by Kat Dison "Carl Jung realized that archetypes are not based on interactions and experiences between actual human beings, but on simplified characterizations. These simplified characters, or archetypes, perform roles that are essential to our understanding of the world. The magician archetype, for example, does not seek answers from external resources, but instead searches…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Gretchen Wachs

1998 Grad, Gretchen Wachs, LMHC Having worked as a visual artist for most of my life puts me in a unique position as a creative psychotherapist, as I am no stranger to the deep psychological work that goes hand in hand with true creative investigation. This works in reverse as well, and I truly find…
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Where do Southwestern Grads Work? Michele “Ama Wehali” Rozbitsky

1990 Grad, Michele “Ama Wehali” Rozbitsky has developed a domestic violence program for the Eight Northern Pueblos called ‘Peace Keepers’, worked as a crisis counselor, art therapist and in outpatient mental health services at St. Vincent’s Hospital, and in private practice. In the last six years she has become a Shamanic practitioner and has written a…
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Where do Southwestern Grads Work? Rick Cotroneo, Counseling

1985 Graduate, Rick Cotroneo I started a part-time practice in classical homeopathy. My background in Education made me a candidate to serve as a commissioner on the Accreditation Commission for Homeopathic Education in North America (ACHENA). Just as Southwestern College has grown over the years through the process of accreditation, so now I am…
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Creating Characters

 I love gluing things together to create beings. Broken toys, bits of jewelry, feathers, recycling, stones, pistachio shells.. the list of gluable-together items is infinitely long! Crone Calm Observance and her sidekick Slowdown and Protect Snail This is a common directive that I use with clients as well, we use pieces that I have collected,…
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Shadow Boxes

Shadow Boxes created in my section of Current Trends in Art Therapy, Winter 2013. After exploring a population that students have a form of resistance to working with (from lack of information to disinterest, to strong opposition) through a research and reflection paper, they were asked to look at how their resistance is a…
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Making Crayons

  I have been inspired by all of the crayon melting art that Laura Lopez has been posting on NMATA's Facebook page.  We have a bunch of broken crayons that I have been saving to melt into a new project. Our first project was to make new crayons. I went to Michaels and bought…
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The Arts

Painting by Laura Lansrud-Lopez Words by Deborah John PhD, ATR-BC   I wrote this poem to explain the way that I experience all art forms as deeply connected.   The Artsconnect and move the soulto places we long to be.Ultra-blue or grape-dark skyDrifting thru Obscure fogsFleeing fires being consumedIn climbing and…
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de la calle – Katherine Beck Collages on Display in Art Therapy Building

by Katherine Beck When it rains in Santiago all the posters pasted onto urban walls get wet. There are often many layers of posters glued on top of each other, and the water makes them so heavy they eventually peel off and become trash. This is where I come in, because I *heart* trash. That is…
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Rock Tray Workshop

  Let’s go for a walk, and pick up with permissionpieces from the earth, resting branches, fallen leaves, rocks rolled with time, or shells that once were homes.  What history do they hold?There is room for more, from me. Let’s whisper into the rocks.They can keep our secrets, our emotions, our wishes.  Shells can be…
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Artful Networking in Santa Fe

by Kat DisonBefore moving to Santa Fe, I worked as a full time artist, retainedamazing professional representation, participated in artistresidencies, and frequently held group and solo exhibitions. AlthoughI did well for myself in the profession and was able to support myselfthrough a combination of sales of my art and applications for grants,I wanted to pursue…
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Scenes from Supervision

 by Debbie Schroder A few months ago I wrote about the importance of words. Today I’m having trouble finding the right ones to describe my experience in supervision this quarter. Not wanting to add to the old myth that art therapists don’t talk, I’ll try to summon some words to express what I’m very aware…
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Family Art

Materials: Markers, Colored Paper, Scissors, and Glue These days, most presents for family and friends are family creative efforts; Mama and Judah (2 1/2 years old) taking lead. My folks and my brother are all Scorpios, with their birthdays within 2 weeks of each other. This year we made a collage with spontantious scripples, hand…
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Words are Good

by Deb Schroder   On a beautiful October Saturday, eight of us who teach in the Art Therapy Program gathered to share ideas, concerns and breakfast. I feel like I just want to say out loud that we have amazing, passionate teachers here!  I’m also going to say something else out loud in order to hold…
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Expressive Therapies Summit 2011 by Natalie Carlton

   Introductionby Deborah Schroder   We are blessed with adjunct faculty who have very diverse professional interests. This diversity is reflected in how they practice art therapy, how they create art, and what areas of the field they are drawn to in terms of research and study. This blog will introduce you to an adjunct faculty…
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Insights Rise to the Surface

Capstone Project: Artist Statement Suzanne Otter, Fall 2012 Making art as a way to work through complex personal issues was helpful to me during the many years I worked as an organizational development consultant. I continued this “self-art therapy” during my formal study of art therapy and counseling at Southwestern College. The image-making and journaling…
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Self Betrayal II

 by Rush Cole        ...blackness.  Trapped.  Overwhelmed.  No way out.  Tired, so tired.  Sudden energy from the surge of self-hatred that roared through me.         “Get it over with, you don’t deserve to live!”  The blade against my wrist.       The Voice, coming from a part of me I didn’t know existed. “Put down the…
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