Yearly Archive 2014
Posted September 3rd, 2014 by & filed under Top News.
An art therapist knows that art-making facilitates transformation within the client/artist. Art therapists know that art can serve as a solvent, a catalyst, a salve, a stepping stone or a philosopher's stone depending on the needs of the artist. In this way an art therapist is also an alchemist practicing the ancient arts of metaphysical transformation. Art-making is an…
Posted August 31st, 2014 by & filed under 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 August 30th, 2014 by & filed under Top News.
In the spring of 2014, I took "Archetypal Psychology" with Heather Wulfers at Southwestern College. I was a bit intimidated about taking this class. Of all the classes I'd taken at Southwestern, this was the subject I'd had the least experience with, and I wasn't sure exactly what to expect. I had a feeling this…
Posted August 28th, 2014 by & filed under Job Advice & Tips, Counseling Program at SWC, Top News, Reflections from President Nolan, Featured.
Southwestern College works hard to bring you news of jobs all over the country...…
Posted August 26th, 2014 by & filed under Top News.
There is a fresh light beckoning,
brimming with integrity.
It stands there.
I stand here.
Burning at the foot of my solitary gill
I sing sweet songs of empathy.
And she knows where to turn when the lights dim,
Down and in
To tap the nectar from urchin fin.
This kind of…
Posted August 18th, 2014 by & filed under Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC.
When you come on to campus tomorrow, you will see that art has popped up here and there. There are heads coming out of the ground near the student lounge. There is a nest, made out of skis and tubing behind the main building. And a chair, with feet, waiting to see you. Enjoy the…
Posted August 17th, 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.
Southwestern College attracts many Yoga Instructors, Massage Therapists and Body Workers, for good reasons...…
Posted August 15th, 2014 by & filed under Job Advice & Tips, Valuable Posts on working in the Mental Health Profession, Tips/Advice on choosing a graduate program, Counseling Program at SWC, Top News, Reflections from President Nolan, So you want to become a therapist? Tips and Advice for Prospective Students, Featured.
President Nolan outlines what Counselor training actually looks and feels like...…
Posted August 15th, 2014 by & filed under Valuable Posts on working in the Mental Health Profession, Tips/Advice on choosing a graduate program, Counseling Program at SWC, Top News, Reflections from President Nolan, Featured.
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 August 13th, 2014 by & filed under Top News.
Here is an example of an effective art therapy directive for someone struggling to decide between two things. We are all familiar with this position: opposing directions are presented to us and we are unsure which way to go. Between a rock and a hard place. We wonder where to place our energies and how to move forward…
Posted August 12th, 2014 by & filed under Top News, Reflections from President Nolan, Featured.
What is New Thought? This is a great question. At this point in time, I may have 100 New Thought books in my house and there are dozens of answers to this question, largely because there IS no real definitive answer to this question. But I wanted to start offering responses to this question here so…
Posted August 8th, 2014 by & filed under Job Advice & Tips, Tips/Advice on choosing a graduate program, Top News, Reflections from President Nolan, Featured.
by Dr. James Michael Nolan, President, Southwestern College
Here it is, uncharacteristically succinctly from me: If you get a STRICTLY Art Therapy Master's degree, you MUST know that only 4 states (Mississippi, Kentucky, New Mexico, and Maryland) license Art Therapists as Art Therapists. That shocks some people, but it is just the way it is.…
Posted August 5th, 2014 by & filed under Top News.
Our sexual lives - our desires, our behaviors, our fantasies - are intimately connected to psyche. It’s no surprise then that students and therapists have been asking for more. More training. More information. More conversations about sex. Because the truth is even if you don’t have a practice specializing in sexual issues, sex is…
Posted August 3rd, 2014 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, Trauma, Grief & Renewal, Student & Alumni Stories.
Southwestern College faculty member Jessica Callaway reflects on her profound experience of Haiti, and its resilient people. …
Posted August 3rd, 2014 by & filed under Top News, Featured.
Michelle Harkey is a student at Southwestern College and a Life Coach. This blog is an incredibly open and vulnerable, bold and powerful sharing of her own experience of herself and her own self-image...
Please click below to access this amazing piece of work......
Posted August 2nd, 2014 by & filed under Job Advice & Tips, Reflections from President Nolan, Conscious Entrepreneurship, Featured.
President Jim Nolan takes you back to the basics of how to blog. Really, it is not astro-physics. …
Posted August 1st, 2014 by & filed under Tips/Advice on choosing a graduate program, Top News, Featured.
Ten Important Tips for getting Financial Aid in Graduate School
1. In order to file for financial aid, you have to complete the FAFSA, and in order to complete the FAFSA, you need to do your taxes
2. SO DO YOUR TAXES AS EARLY AS YOU CAN!
3. Why? Because more scholarships are available EARLY…
Posted July 31st, 2014 by & filed under The New Earth Institute, Featured.
by Debbie Schroder
On a recent Saturday I needed to be at a task force meeting at 9 a.m. Yes . . .Saturday . . .9 a.m.! Running late, desperate for caffeine, I zipped into a fast-food drive-through. And I was stunned by the beauty of an image I saw there. In an advertisement promoting…
Posted July 31st, 2014 by & filed under Top News, Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Featured.
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 31st, 2014 by & filed under Top News.
Last night I stayed up late, sat in circle with dear friends sharing perspectives on life and made art - lots of art in lots of forms.
Our words became poetry, our bodies became dancers, our mediums became miracle-makers.
The sky inspired the lightening inspired the moon inspired the art inspired me to move, speak…
Posted July 30th, 2014 by & filed under Top News, Featured.
Counseling student Sylvan Schneider explores the connections of Vedic Scripture, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and the philosophy of Southwestern College.…
Posted July 24th, 2014 by & filed under Human Sexuality, Student & Alumni Stories.
Southwestern College will be offering a professional certificate of training in Human Sexuality, Directed by Ginna Clark. It will be the only one of its kind in this part of the country, and the private practice opportunities it opens up to professionals are many and diverse....…
Posted July 24th, 2014 by & filed under Top News.
a new dawn is upon you. take yourself into it. be beckoned. be born into moments afresh. send spells of glory with your mouth. listen for your breath. and love, love, always love.
sometimes we think we are not enough. our words are not enough. our actions are not enough. our skills our intellect…
Posted July 22nd, 2014 by & filed under Top News, Featured.
Art Therapy/Counseling student Christina Calderon reflects on the deeper levels of what it means to love...…