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Yearly Archive 2013

The (Awesome) Students of Southwestern College

The Students of Southwestern College by Claudia Escareño-Clark   I LOVE this time of year. The leaves have begun to turn, and there is a distinct nip in the air. While part of me feels it is a time to slow down and reflect, I am caught up in the excitement of a new…
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Welcome, New & Returning Students: Sage Advice from the Second Floor

First week of class is a drag race through all kinds of cool, clandestine, and smoky neighborhoods, meeting the denizens of the back alleys of consciousness, or Portland, or Austin... Students willing to close their eyes and see with their hearts and run a million miles an hour into the forest at midnight, because it…
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New Mexico, a Beautiful and Strange Land

  by Amy Hautman Bates I am settling in after a year of  New Mexico life. Before this, I lived in Minnesota and North Carolina; both much greener, wetter and predictable than this. Since moving here, I have heard many wonderful stories of strange events in the "Land of Enchantment".  I haven't seen an…
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The PO Is In The Room, by Andrew Fearnside

Andrew Fearnside's Blog Series offers unique, poignant and tragicomedic insights into the work of being a therapist. He is a relatively recent graduate of Southwestern College   3000 Hours: The PO*.   Court-ordered clients [hereafter referred to as patients] bring their PO into therapy with them. As the therapist, I have to…
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Things To Do If You Are Leaving the State for Internship or a Job

Tips on Moving Away from New Mexico Moving to another state for Internship or permanently? I have some tips you really might want to consider in order to make your life a little bit more negotiable. 1. Join the professional organizations for the state to which you are moving (North Carolina Art Therapy Association, or…
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Please Stop Using “Trauma”, “Healing” and “Awesome” Disrespectfully

People in the psychotherapy world use the word "traumatic" far too glibly. Trauma is not the same as "I didn't like it." And people talk about "Healing" all the time, but does that mean the person who is getting the healing is "wounded"? Healing should NOT mean "It felt good." I just want us…
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Let’s Not Get Crazy With the Bucharest Thing

The Problem with Evidence Epistemology is the study of “How do you know what you know?” The world of social science has adopted a position that, as clinicians, only scientific research evidence is worthy of our attention. Providing services using any other methods for which “scientific evidence” is not yet available is considered…
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The Problem with Evidence

The Problem with Evidence Epistemology is the study of “How do you know what you know?” The world of social science has adopted a position that, as clinicians, only scientific research evidence is worthy of our attention. Providing services using any other methods for which “scientific evidence” is not yet available is considered…
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I Am So Tired of Know-It-Alls…

“Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart, and try to love the questions themselves.” --Rainer Maria Rilke Einstein, Rilke and many others have recognized the ascendant value of discovering profound questions, and of hanging out with them (the questions, not Einstein and Rilke) in hopes of discovering even better questions. These days I hear…
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