Posts Tagged Mindfulness
Posted October 10th, 2014 by & filed under Featured, Grief, Loss & Trauma, Student Reflections and Updates, SWC Blog, Top News, Trauma, Grief & Renewal.
Exploring my own mortality by making choices regarding a living will and green/natural burial options, heightens my ability to live more fully right now. …
Posted August 31st, 2014 by & filed under Student Experiences, Student Reflections and Updates, Top News.
In the summer of 2014, I took "Foundations in Human Science Research" with Michael Schwab at Southwestern College. As part of this class, I wrote a research paper on spiritual awakening. This paper was based on 10 years of personal experience exploring spiritual awakening (through meditation and other forms of spiritual practice) from 2004 to…
Posted May 13th, 2014 by & filed under Featured, Paintsplash - Art Therapy, Top News.
by Karen Stefano Ed.M., M.A., L.P.C., NCC
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…
Posted January 9th, 2014 by & filed under Paintsplash - Art Therapy, SWC Blog, Top News.
by Debbie Schroder
I have a song stuck in my head. I think it’s staying stuck because we’ve entered a new year and part of the lyrics are “How am I gonna be an optimist about this?” The song is called “Pompeii”, by Bastille.
This quirky song’s melody sounds pretty upbeat but…
Posted January 8th, 2014 by & filed under Mindfulness, Student Reflections and Updates, SWC Blog, Top News.
My New Year resolutions are usually the same every year: be healthier, be nicer, and appreciate the simple things. But this year felt different. For some reason I lit a candle and mediated. I felt there was something specific I needed to hear for 2014. I hope that sharing with the SWC community is a…
Posted July 16th, 2013 by & filed under Featured, Paintsplash - Art Therapy, Top News.
by Magdalena Karlick
I have never considered myself a gardener. My mom and dad have always had a flourishing garden, and toil in the earth helping plants grow. My husband, too, is a fabulous gardener, and has created lush greenery in the various places where we have lived. I love to look at the…
Posted June 20th, 2013 by & filed under Featured, Paintsplash - Art Therapy, Top News.
by Debbie Schroder
As it got close to 6:00 on Monday evenings I could feel my eagerness to begin painting. Every Monday evening the in-state art therapy interns and I engaged in amazing relationships with our canvases. We painted for an hour, then shared our work and talked for…
Posted May 7th, 2013 by & filed under Paintsplash - Art Therapy, Top News.
by Lisa Marie Paradis
Where do you hail from?
You and yours snug tightly
In between the dream
Awaken to five year old father's soul inhabited by butcher's
Chicken floating gently across
the room- enter the
back of the neck- boulders
upon the fleeing road-where
Posted April 3rd, 2013 by & filed under Paintsplash - Art Therapy, Top News.
1996 Grad, Susan Boyes
I now live and work in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where I have a part-time position as an art therapist for traumatic brain injured adults in a rehabilitation center. I also have a thriving private practice, providing art therapy to TBI clients and others in their own homes, or in my…
Posted March 21st, 2013 by & filed under Paintsplash - Art Therapy, Top News.
My 2013 section of Current Trends in Art Therapy's Journey Shoes! Check out the directional video on Vimeo, which was used in Art Therapy Alliance's Six Degrees of Creativity 2.
The students seemed to enjoy the process of recreating the shoes that they brought in to class. Some brought old shoes, uncomfortable shoes, shoes with…
Posted March 20th, 2013 by & filed under Paintsplash - Art Therapy, Top News.
by Debbie Schroder
The idea seems simple, initially. When making a genogram (kind of a family tree) use an image instead of a square or circle (how genograms are usually done).
Each week in my Family Art Therapy course, one or two students shared their art-based genograms. Never doubting our students’ creativity, I’m still happily…
Posted March 2nd, 2013 by & filed under Top News.
I worked from pictures I took of myself, and then used pastels and ink to explore these feeling states. Working large accentuated these places, so that I could look at them outside of myself.
Posted February 18th, 2013 by & filed under Paintsplash - Art Therapy, Top News.
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…
Posted November 18th, 2012 by & filed under Paintsplash - Art Therapy, Top News.
by Magdalena Karlick
I delved into this rag rug project at the beginning of the summer, wanting to recycle old, non-fitting, and stained clothing to make a rug for my son’s new room. I imagined a place where he could sit comfortably while looking at his books or playing with his toy animals.
Posted October 9th, 2012 by & filed under Paintsplash - Art Therapy, Top News.
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…
Posted September 17th, 2012 by & filed under Paintsplash - Art Therapy, Top News.
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…
Posted September 3rd, 2012 by & filed under Top News.
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…
Posted July 29th, 2012 by & filed under Paintsplash - Art Therapy, Top News.
by Debbie Schroder
Do you remember having to write that dreaded essay in grade school about “what I did during summer vacation”? Summer is far from over, but I welcome the chance to share a little about my “summer vacation”.
I attended the American Art Therapy Conference in Savannah about a week ago and thoroughly…
Posted July 3rd, 2012 by & filed under Top News.
Cymatic Therapy: Self and Other
by Kat Dison
This interactive performance explored the dynamic space within the self and the dynamic space between the self and other, and acknowledged the other that we encounter. In my final presentation for multicultural art therapy with diverse populations, I applied my skills as a musician and sculptor to…
Posted February 27th, 2012 by & filed under Top News.
This is another assignment for my History of Art Therapy: Current Trends class. Students were asked to bring in to class a medium sized box, recycled materials, and an idea about a scene they would like to change: Personal, Professional, or Global. This was inspired by a project done with Veterans at…
Posted November 17th, 2011 by & filed under Mindfulness, The Heart of the Matter.
There is a great potential for transformation when you bring the heart into your awareness. The heart is the mediator between our emotional body and our mind. As one goes inward, the heart offers the potential for self forgiveness and compassion. Having access to the heart enables you to love yourself as well…
Posted November 11th, 2011 by & filed under Mindfulness.
The word “mindfulness” may imply, for some, that you are in your head…but that really is not the case. Or is it? This past week in the mindfulness session there was so much buzzing happening in the old noggin’ that it felt like a hornet’s nest. Geez! When you are practicing mindfulness and the only…
Posted November 3rd, 2011 by & filed under Mindfulness.
In a graduate school that has a large student body studying art therapy, it is no surpise that the mandala is used in and outside the classroom. In Archetypal Psychology the counseling and art therapy students create personal mandalas and follow their progress in the class visually. In a mindfulness practice, when it is…
Posted October 31st, 2011 by & filed under Mindfulness, Top News.
Mindfulness Practice at Southwestern College I was recently at the American Art Therapy Association conference in Washington D.C. and was asked by a prospective student whether we have a required “mindfulness practice” here as a part of the program. We do not. We do notice that there are activities that spontaneously arise in every entering class.…