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SWC and NMATA Letter Writing Event

SWC and NMATA joined forces to offer a letter writing pizza party to help pass legislation that would enable Licensed Professional Art Therapists (LPAT) to receive third party payment for their services. Currently, art therapists can be licensed in the state of New Mexico with the LPAT credential, but insurance companies have recently begun to…
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Moment of Truth Exhibition

Wild Heart Gallery The current exhibition up in the Wild Heart Gallery is called Moment of Truth. I sat down with Sarah Ehle, the liaison for the cohort of 13 art therapy/counseling students preparing to go into the internship part of the Southwestern College masters program, to talk about the meaning of this theme. Sarah…
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The Collective Unconscious of Writing Group

The writing group at SWC is a place where students, faculty, and staff can come together and share in a communal free-writing experience each Thursday at noon. Patterned after Natalie Goldberg's exercises, we start with a prompt of some sort and write for a few minutes, then, if we want, we share what we wrote.…
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Part 3 of 3 in a Series about Ownership Language

(Part 2, if you missed it…)Part 3: How Using Ownership Language Changes My WorldviewBy changing the statement from "we" to "I" in this entire blog series I have shifted my perception of life. I no longer blame “society” (you, we, or any form of “other”) for what I am perceiving as a deep societal issue. In…
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Part 2 of 3 in a Series about Ownership Language

(Part 1, if you missed it...)Part 2: Practical Examples of Ownership Language  I look around and see so many things that say "Stop doing THIS!" or "Don't do/think/act THIS way!" or even "Fight THIS!"With so much negative bombardment, is it any wonder I feel so overwhelmed and defeated much of the time, especially when I scroll through…
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Part 1 of 3 in a Series about Ownership Language

Part 1: What is Ownership LanguageIn many of my classes our teachers have been training us to use “I statements” during discussions. For example, it applies when you fall into the habit of using we, or you, when you actually mean “I” in a statement, as I just did in this sentence. See what I did…
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A letter to potential SWC students

Hello! My name is Beth Lykins, and I am a current student at SWC. I am starting my final quarter of my first year in the Art Therapy and Counseling program, and I wanted to share a student’s perspective of life at SWC. I am attending part-time, so I generally take two courses per term.…
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The Odyssey of Therapy

The newest crop of counselors and art therapists from Southwestern College had its commencement on November 7, 2015 at the James A. Little Theater at the New Mexico School for the Deaf in Santa Fe. It was a beautiful ceremony unlike any other I have attended, and being a former college professor myself, I have seen…
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Come Undone

Come enjoy Laura's Art Show at the Wild Heart Gallery at Southwestern College. It will be up until the beginning of June, with a closing reception on Saturday 5/30 at 5:30! by Laura Schoff I feel with such a passion that art has the capacity to heal in many different ways. It has been my…
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Capstone: The Beginning of a new Journey, and an ending.

  This weekend a group of Art Therapy students, soon to be interns, gathered for the Capstone Process. Debbie and I facilitated this weekend, focused on transition, group dynamics, an art offering and goodbyes. These students are moving from having multiple classes and seeing clients at the Southwestern Counseling Center, to entering into the full-time…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Jack Lehman, Counseling

1996 Grad, Jack Lehman, MA, LPCC 
Certified Trainer – Center for Nonviolent Communication. In Thailand, north of Chiang Mai, I worked individually with workshop participants in front of a group. It was a 2 day Introduction to Nonviolent Communication. I spent much of the winter of ‘10 -’11 in Thailand and gave 3 workshops there…
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Art Supply Swap!

  Magdalena Karlick and Kat Dison share a vision of providing a safe space to draw people together and experience creativity.  Their goal of spreading the arts was honored last weekend through a community art supply swap that was sponsored by the Santa Fe Creative Arts Center, New Mexico Art Therapy Association, and Southwestern College. With this additional support from the Santa Fe community, the art swap acted as…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Gretchen Wachs

1998 Grad, Gretchen Wachs, LMHC Having worked as a visual artist for most of my life puts me in a unique position as a creative psychotherapist, as I am no stranger to the deep psychological work that goes hand in hand with true creative investigation. This works in reverse as well, and I truly find…
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Where do Southwestern Grads Work? Susan Boyes, Art Therapy and Counseling

  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…
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Where do Southwestern Grads Work? Rick Cotroneo, Counseling

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…
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