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Posted November 15th, 2014 by & filed under Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Featured.
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by Debbie Schroder
Program Chair for Art Therapy/Counseling Program
It doesn’t really surprise me that as we approach the eighth week of the quarter, I’m finally able to spend a little time putting together an image that contains mandalas created by incoming art therapy students, during orientation. The quarter has been full – of teaching…
Posted November 6th, 2014 by & filed under Featured, Student Reflections and Updates, Top News.
"Wholeness for humans depends on the ability to own their own shadow." -C.G. Jung…
Posted September 15th, 2014 by & filed under Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Featured.
For those of us who create visual art, whether its for self or for others, it's known that pieces get stuck. Sometimes I will return to a painting or a drawing years later and finish it. Sometimes though, I can't move any further with a piece, and it needs to leave my space, to make…
Posted August 15th, 2014 by & filed under Counseling at SWC, Featured, Reflections from President Nolan, Tips/Advice on choosing a graduate program, Top News, Valuable Posts on working in the Mental Health Profession.
The Southwestern College Counseling program is fully approved by the Higher Learning Commission, and offers a number of distinctive advantages over most other clinical programs.
1. Our holistic, integrative clinical curriculum combines current evidence-based practices in the field with exposure to alternative and indigenous healing perspectives, traditions and ceremony, for a true multicultural flavor and training experience.
Posted July 31st, 2014 by & filed under Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Featured, Top News.
by Debbie Schroder
The gardens on campus are lush and the temperature is hot – it must be Portfolio Review time!
Every year we ask our art therapy students who are moving into 2nd year, to bring in at least three pieces of art created during first year. By looking at their art and hearing…
Posted July 3rd, 2014 by & filed under Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Featured.
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…
Posted May 13th, 2014 by & filed under Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Featured, 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 May 8th, 2014 by & filed under Featured, Top News, Vision Quests & Earth Based Healing.
Photographing the beauty of New Mexico. …
Posted May 1st, 2014 by & filed under Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Featured.
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…
Posted April 21st, 2014 by & filed under Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Featured.
Chulee (Eve) Choowong-In
Art is unlimited possibilities and discoveries that can be shared. My art process is an internal dialogue that dances onto the surface of my media. Born in Thailand, I grew up in the rural area known as Chainat. At age 12, I came to the United States and lived…
Posted April 15th, 2014 by & filed under Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Featured, SWC Blog, Top News.
I am a big fan of reusing materials into new forms. Broken bits glued together to make guardians; Torn fabric to make new yarn or a rug; Old shoes into a Journey; Or large boxes into castles. After reading, "Endangered Threads: Socially Committed Community Art Action," by Janis Timm Bottos (2011), I knew that there was a…
Posted April 14th, 2014 by & filed under Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Featured, Top News.
I'll start with an ending. Last quarter's Art Therapy Techniques class ended with each member of the group creating an altar of the art that was made during the quarter. We made Mandala's every class, masks, body tracings, finger painting, inner guides and characters, and containers to name a few. In this class I made…
Posted February 17th, 2014 by & filed under Featured, Student Reflections and Updates, Top News.
Caitlin Harper takes the difficult path of finding transcendent possibilities in experiences that just suck. …
Posted January 23rd, 2014 by & filed under Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Top News.
What is a Container?
There are so many types of containers, a person, place, or thing that holds. Many images come to mind: a milk carton, hands, shoes, a home, a room, a box, a nest, my heart, a chair, a mouth, a closet… Many sensations come to body: warmth, safety, fear,…
Posted January 16th, 2014 by & filed under Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Student Reflections and Updates, Top News.
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…
Posted January 13th, 2014 by & filed under Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Featured, Student Reflections and Updates, Top News.
My past year at Southwestern College has taken me on an intense personal journey. I have spent most of my life desperately trying to figure things out. I moved to Santa Fe to study Art Therapy and learn a bunch of theory and technique. I wanted to…
Posted January 9th, 2014 by & filed under Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, 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 December 2nd, 2013 by & filed under Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Top News.
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…
Posted August 27th, 2013 by & filed under Featured, Reflections from President Nolan.
Ten reasons to consider Southwestern College, Santa Fe, for Art Therapy or Counseling, or both.
1. You can graduate being (almost) eligible for three licenses instead of one. Art Therapy, Counseling, Drug and Alcohol Abuse. (You may need a few more hours of practice in the drug and alcohol area, but then…
Posted July 16th, 2013 by & filed under Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Featured, 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 Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Featured, 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 26th, 2013 by & filed under Reflections from President Nolan, Top News.
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…
Posted April 13th, 2013 by & filed under Reflections from President Nolan, So you want to become a therapist? Tips and Advice for Prospective Students, Top News.
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 your personhood,…
Posted April 3rd, 2013 by & filed under Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, 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 April 3rd, 2013 by & filed under Alumni News and Updates, Top News, Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work?.
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…
Posted March 21st, 2013 by & filed under Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, 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 Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, 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 February 18th, 2013 by & filed under Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, 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 January 17th, 2013 by & filed under Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Student Reflections and Updates, Top News.
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…
Posted January 10th, 2013 by & filed under Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Top News.
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…
Posted December 10th, 2012 by & filed under Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Top News.
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…
Posted November 18th, 2012 by & filed under Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, 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 12th, 2012 by & filed under Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Top News.
Posted October 9th, 2012 by & filed under Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, 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 Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, 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 17th, 2012 by & filed under Top News.
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…
Posted July 29th, 2012 by & filed under Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, 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 Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Top News.
One of the joys of teaching is the absolute “no control” factor. I know, I can control the books we use, the kinds of experiential work we do, the art supplies we have, and so on. What is completely out of my control is the mix of interests, chemistry and energy present in…
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 June 15th, 2012 by & filed under Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Top News.
An Art-Based Ritual
by Deb Schroder
A summer ritual in the art therapy program has begun again. We’ve started our annual “Portfolio Review” process which is a part of the transition for first year students who are ready to begin second year in the fall.
Deborah John and I will sit down with each…
Posted October 19th, 2011 by & filed under Reflections from President Nolan, Top News, Vision Quests & Earth Based Healing.
I remember working too hard, cognitively, to find my “solo spot” on Vision Quest. First I went straight to the top of a mountain, and claimed it. Then I gave myself a lecture about being a Straight White Guy taking control of the top of a mountain and how arrogant was that and yada yada,…
Posted October 12th, 2011 by & filed under Counseling at SWC, Reflections from President Nolan, Top News.
Holistic Masters Degrees are Different...
So, all of the great teachers and wisdom traditions through history have carried and offered the same general teachings. It has been called the “Perennial Wisdom” or “Philosophia Perennis” by some. The words may be different, the era and culture within which these few teachings were articulated certainly influenced…