Posted October 24th, 2014 by & filed under Second Acts/Careers, Student & Alumni Stories.
Paul King-Miller transitioned from serving five years in the Marine Corps to college, an assortment of interesting jobs and finally to New Mexico and Southwestern College.…
Posted October 24th, 2014 by & filed under Second Acts/Careers, Top News, So you want to become a therapist? Tips and Advice for Prospective Students, Alumni News and Updates.
A health scare, a national tragedy, an unfulfilling job and a milestone birthday were the catalysts to Wendy’s transformational journey. …
Posted October 24th, 2014 by & filed under Second Acts/Careers.
Sylvan Schneider’s work experience journey included a commercial painting job, assisting in a dental office, a foray to the music industry and into the field of mental health. …
Posted October 22nd, 2014 by & filed under Job Advice & Tips, Top News, Reflections from President Nolan, Featured.
President Nolan gives his own advice on how to prep for your professional career during your second year at SWC.....…
Posted October 20th, 2014 by & filed under Top News, Featured.
Counseling Graduate Student Sylvan Schneider discusses the loves of his life: Coffee, and Buddy...…
Posted October 19th, 2014 by & filed under Reflections from President Nolan.
Dr. Nolan is the Administrator of the New Thought Media Facebook page, and he poses in invitation to that community, as well as to the greater Quimby/Southwestern community...…
Posted October 17th, 2014 by & filed under Top News, Featured.
Learning to Lose: The Freedom in Failure by Claudia Escareño-Clark
Have you ever heard the question, “What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?” A while ago I fell down a self-help/find your passion rabbit hole where questions like these were supposed to somehow propel us into finding our dreams. I would like to…
Posted October 16th, 2014 by & filed under Valuable Posts on working in the Mental Health Profession, Counseling Program at SWC, Top News, Featured.
Interested in becoming a therapist? Eleven things you need to know. Really...…
Posted October 15th, 2014 by & filed under Second Acts/Careers, Top News.
Jacob Gotwals' "Second Act" involved leaving a successful corporate gig for a journey of spiritual awakening and a new profession as Counselor...…
Posted October 14th, 2014 by & filed under Top News, Reflections from President Nolan, The New Earth Institute, Featured.
President Nolan reflects on the low bar that is set by our professional codes of ethics in the helping professions...…
Posted October 10th, 2014 by & filed under Trauma, Grief & Renewal, Top News, SWC Blog, Featured.
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 September 25th, 2014 by & filed under Job Advice & Tips, Tips/Advice on choosing a graduate program, Counseling Program at SWC, Featured.
The Masters Degree in Counseling you were looking for......…
Posted September 24th, 2014 by & filed under Top News.
She waits for you by the river bend, auspiciously watching the rush of water as it folds over itself and unwinds rambling streams of story. This is where inspiration lives, in the synergistic streams of the creative current. It lives in you. It has always lived in you. You are the bubbling ups of this emergent flow.
Posted September 19th, 2014 by & filed under Ann Filemyr, Top News, Featured.
Ann Filemyr, Ph.D.
Vice President of Academic Affairs & Dean, Southwestern College
In a number of different but related indigenous cultures, there exists the practice some call the Give-Away. This Ceremony is undertaken whenever an individual or family or clan group experiences a sense of great abundance, of plentitude and joy. Then…
Posted September 18th, 2014 by & filed under Top News, Reflections from President Nolan, Featured.
As I grow older, I grow increasingly less tolerant of intolerance, I grow less patient with impatience, I become a great admirer of Questioners, and decidedly less admiring of those who claim to have Answers, I grow less respectful of rules, and more trusting of rule-breakers; I find Joy more compelling than Trauma, I find…
Posted September 18th, 2014 by & filed under Human Sexuality.
If you’re considering the Sexuality Certificate program but still aren’t sure, consider how it can open doors for you as a practitioner…and as a sexual being.
Sexual problems are among the most common difficulties not disclosed to therapists (Hook and Andrews, 2005).
Feeling ashamed was the most commonly cited…
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 September 15th, 2014 by & filed under Top News.
At Southwestern College, in the first year of classes, the instructors and the curriculum invite us to look deeply at ourselves. We are invited to become more aware of both inner sources of strength and unconscious patterns that may not be serving us. I just finished my first year, and I'm very grateful to have…
Posted September 14th, 2014 by & filed under Top News.
What a gift, to learn to recognize the call of the soul! Thanks, Southwestern! Here's an excerpt from a paper I wrote for the Addiction Assessment and Treatment class that I took last winter with Jason Holley:
In the past, I have had trouble connecting with a personal understanding of the word soul. Dictionaries tend…
Posted September 12th, 2014 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, Featured.
Kim Poinsett-Holmes discusses here long, mysterious relationship with Conversion Disorder, and the great relief of finally naming it...…
Posted September 12th, 2014 by & filed under Top News, Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Featured.
This year the American Art Therapy Association held their 45th annual conference in San Antonio, Texas.
As a budding art therapist, I decided to take the opportunity to attend my first official art therapy conference, located an hour and half from where I live in Austin, Texas.
In retrospect, I am…
Posted September 11th, 2014 by & filed under Top News.
If psychology is the study of the soul then therapy becomes a process of healing by which we utilize our understanding of soul or, perhaps more accurately, we attempt to understand the soul and in the process, reveal some helpful insights along life's journey. Exploring these depths requires more than just talk, especially when soul's first language is art; whether that be visual,…
Posted September 9th, 2014 by & filed under Job Advice & Tips, Tips/Advice on choosing a graduate program, Top News, Reflections from President Nolan, So you want to become a therapist? Tips and Advice for Prospective Students, Featured.
Graduate schools are largely in a trance. You should really know that. It is huge. …
Posted September 5th, 2014 by & filed under Counseling Program at SWC, Top News.
The skill set you cultivate getting a master's degree in Counseling from Southwestern College prepares you for many possible career paths...…