Southwestern College

Yearly Archive 2011

Art as Holiday Therapy

Little toddler fingers sticky with glue, reached into the container of sequins. Hello, bling! Shiny stars and hearts stuck well and the tiny artist was completely fascinated by his magical-looking hand. At the Holiday Bazaar where students could sell their art, we also had a little art making room for kids. And adults wandered back…
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Overwhelmed by Art?

This fall I had the opportunity to present at the European Arts Therapies Conference in Italy. One of the keynote speakers for the conference was Graziella Magherini, MD, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. The title of her Keynote was “Aesthetic Emotion and Health: Arts Therapies in Italy”. One of the issues that she touched upon…
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Roadtrip to Chaco

Since so many of our students come to us from out of state, many want to explore the region and there is so much here to discover and experience! Chaco Canyon is an ancient site that is popular to visit. I will share my experience here just to give you a flavor.... Chaco is only…
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Mandala work

In a graduate school that has a large student body studying art therapy,  it is no surpise that the mandala is used in and outside the classroom. In Archetypal Psychology the counseling and art therapy students create personal mandalas and follow their progress in the class visually. In a mindfulness practice, when it is…
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Practicum in Counseling – by Eliza Buck

Entering the second year of my counseling program, I immediately felt the shift of focus from myself to the client. Going to the Southwestern Counseling Center for Practicum concretizes this transition. The Center sits in a small shopping mall surrounded by fun businesses such as the cycling shop, an Ayurvedic café and a paleteria (Mexican…
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Spiritual Practice Room & Practice

We have time during the week where students can participate in open art studio for artmaking and in addition we have a time around the noon hour where students can participate in a mindfulness practice in our spiritual practice room. These sessions may look different depending upon who is involved. Those who participate help to create…
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Inspiring Stories About Our Students

Since 2006, Transformational Eco-Psychology students at SWC  have been reconnecting to Mother Earth by going on Wilderness Fasts, praying in sweat lodges, practicing Andean energy healing techniques, and participating in other indigenous healing ceremonies. But how have these folks been applying what they learn, once they are out in the professional world of mental health?…
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