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Yearly Archive 2012

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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A Southwestern College Intern’s Letter from Prison…

Reflection Option #3: A Letter to My Teacher--By Colleen Dougherty Dr. Carol Parker, Ph.D Southwestern College, Santa Fe, NM Dec. 3, 2012   Dear Carol, I am writing to tell you about my experiences so far in the AmeriCorps program called OARS-Opportunities in AmeriCorps for Re-entry Success. This program exists in four of New Mexico’s…
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Students at Southwestern College, Santa Fe, Learn Powerful Clinical Skills

We just don't talk about it as much as we should, and you may end up with a slanted view of Southwestern College's strengths... Here, Dr. Jim Nolan brings you a lot of information about both the Southwestern College clinical training, and how it is received by supervisors and agencies in our community---REALLY good news…
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Why Southwestern College (Santa Fe) Is All Over Social Media

Speaking the Language of the Digital Natives OK, here is something the world needs. Authentic, committed, serious, spirited, informed, good-humored, action-backed, energetic and collaborative conversations and team-building around "Social Media and Higher Education." Oh, sure there are Linked In and Facebook groups that kind of look like they could be having these conversations, but mostly…
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Pinterest Shows Off the Santa Fe & New Mexico Brand for Southwestern College

Pinterest as a Marketing Tool in Higher Education By Dr. James Michael Nolan Southwestern College is in Santa Fe, New Mexico, home of the “magic hour light” that has been the siren call for the likes of Georgia O’Keeffe and countless artists and photographers from all over the world. It is the second largest art…
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INFPs (and other Types)–Take Care of Yourself Over the Holidays

Realized yesterday that when I or my job or anybody else schedules up too many things, the "felt feeling" is "I no longer own my own life." I immediately UN-scheduled several things. Christmas season is here, and while there are many great "I" and intimate moments, there can be altogether too many "E" and pointless…
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A Poem All Therapists Should Know…

My Life in in 5 Chapters a poem by Portia Nelson Chapter I I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk I fall in. I am lost ... I am helpless. It isn't my fault. It takes forever to find a way out.   Chapter II I walk down the…
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Scared of the Cost of Graduate School? No Need To Be…

The School Loan Debt Story in This Country is NOT YOUR Story.  It is somebody else's story. Remember that. By Dr. James Michael Nolan You need not be scared of the cost of Graduate School. Fear almost invariably leads us to over-value some “information” (“Student loan debt has surpassed credit card debt in this country!”) and…
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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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Taking Responsibility: Authenticity versus Taking a Position

Taking Responsibility is a Freeing Experience: Shaming & Blaming, Less So... It may be the case that I botch things up less frequently than I once did. Not sure about that. In my current role as President of Southwestern College, I have infinitely more possibilities, it seems, for making decisions, comments, policies and so on…
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The Children’s Museum and the SWC Interns in Maras, Peru…

Southwestern College (Santa Fe) Interns and the Children’s Museum in Maras San Luis Gonzaga primary school goes largely unnoticed to the Western passing by. Its two-story main building serves 111 students and seven teachers. Heat comes from the blaring Andean sun streaming through the windows. Among a class of fifteen students, there might be three…
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Why Southwestern College Does Not Offer Online Master’s Degrees

Experiential Learning in Intimate Classroom Settings... During my professional career, I have been trained by, and taught for, seven distance learning universities, primarily in doctoral Psychology programs, but also in MA Counseling programs. When I first came to Southwestern College, I stated an intention to put our MA Counseling program “online” and fully planned to…
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Social Media and Informed Consent for Therapists: by Laura Lansrud-Lopez

"Your Informed Consent Form is Out of Date--You Just Don't Know It Yet" --by Laura Lansrud-Lopez A primary responsibility of art therapists and mental health counselors is to protect our client’s rights. We’re tasked with the duty to communicate honestly, clearly, compassionately, and with integrity from the outset about limits to confidentiality, the potential…
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