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Yearly Archive 2012

Psychodrama “Soul in Action” Healing Method

by Amy Hautman Bates My first quarter at SWC has introduced me to what seems like a million new healing practices.  One I find particularly interesting is Psychodrama. It is believed that acting out physically frees us from barriers and allows us to act spontaneously in the here and now.  I like drama and I…
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A Southwestern College Intern’s Letter from Prison

Reflection Option #3: A Letter to My Teacher--By Colleen Dougherty Dr. Carol Parker, Ph.D, LPCC Southwestern College, Santa Fe, NM Dec. 3, 2012   Dear Carol, I am writing to tell you about my experiences so far in the AmeriCorps program called OARS-Opportunities in AmeriCorps for Re-entry Success. This program exists in four of New…
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Ugly Can be Good Enough

by Magdalena Karlick I delved into this rag rug project at the beginning of the summer, wanting to recycle old, ill-fitting, and stained clothing to make a rug for my son’s new room. I imagined a place where he could sit comfortably while looking at his books or playing with his toy animals. Here are…
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Family Art

Materials: Markers, Colored Paper, Scissors, and Glue These days, most presents for family and friends are family creative efforts; Mama and Judah (2 1/2 years old) taking lead. My folks and my brother are all Scorpios, with their birthdays within two weeks of each other. This year we made a collage with spontaneous scribbles, hand…
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What it’s Like Being a New Student at SWC? by Bezawit Addis

Being a new student in SWC is a rewarding, challenging, and startling experience all around. I clearly remember the expectations I had for myself and the school when I landed in Santa fe, NM. Before starting my journey in SWC I had been in four different colleges and universities studying biology, chemistry, humanities and genetics.…
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What Is Healing? by Southwestern College Student, Andrea Mitchell

What is healing?  by Andrea Mitchell   What is healing? I was asked that question on the first morning of my first class. Actually I was asked to make artwork that represented healing to me. I made a medicine wheel, it was the first thing that came into my conscious, and I have learnt to…
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Light Figures: Finding the Core of Consciousness at Southwestern College, Santa Fe

Light Figures and Consciousness: At the Core of Southwestern College's Curriculum (Santa Fe) by Katherine Ninos, developer of the Psychology of Consciousness Sequence As you all know, Southwestern College’s mission statement reads “Transforming Consciousness through Education.” Consciousness has always been at the center of our curriculum; indeed, our two quarter sequence “Psychology of Consciousness” constitutes…
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Jill Campoli, Student Trustee Honors Your Journey Toward Southwestern College

 "The Energy of Your Heart Is Moving You Here" I moved from out of state to attend graduate school here in Santa Fe and have embarked on a truly life changing journey. Recently, I watched our (now former) president, Jim Nolan counting the views on our schools website, www.SWC.edu. There were a few nights where…
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Opening My Ears, My Mind Lets Go

Perhaps you can relate to the state in which I found myself a few days ago—heart tight, body tense, mind churning, going over and over events from the far and recent past and in a useless but unyielding manner. I find myself in such a state fairly often, probably due to the fact that I…
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Who Is an Artist When She Is Not Making Art?

by Amy Hautman Bates Artist's Block "Who is an artist when she is not making art?" (This is a doodle, not a painting.)  In September, my partner and I packed everything we owned to move from the Southeast to the Southwest. It was very cathartic to consider everything we had and decide if and why…
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Psychopathology in the Chama River Canyon: First-Year Student Blog

Psychopathology (and seeking Authenticity) In the Chama River Canyon About to embark upon a day alone with Mother Earth, my Psychopathology class and I ceremonially share our hopes and thoughts before surrendering to what She has to give (or take from) us. At this point, I am well-adjusted to the process of intention-setting, and yet…
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Counseling Center Staff Despacho Ceremony

The staff at Southwestern Counseling Center works very hard, so at our last staff meeting we decided to arrange a ceremony to call in some extra support and prayers for ourselves. Luckily, Carol Parker agreed to facilitate an authentic Peruvian ritual, more accurately, a "Becoming Despacho".  Despacho translates into "dispatch," so here we are collecting…
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Mindfulness and What I Eat…

They say “you are what you eat” and I believe this. I believe that I consist of much of what I consume. I consume veggies…gratitude….beans….prayer…bread…self acceptance…chocolate….silence….tofu….turmoil…chips….friendships….rice…and more. I consume what is said on the TV news at night…what I read in books before I sleep…what is said in my office and in business meetings…what I…
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Southwestern College Students Explore Aboriginals and Art Therapy

Amy Hautman Bates, first year Art Therapy/Counseling student on her transition from Artist to Art Therapist http://artforwellness.wordpress.com/2012/10/11/australian-aborigines-and-art-therapy/?preview=true&preview_id=53&preview_nonce=cecf41a352   I started this blog intending to write about the creative art's health and healing potential. Having been around art all my life, I thought I knew a lot about Art Therapy. But the more I read, the…
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Graduate Amy Krok Looks Back on Her Personal Transformation at Southwestern College

It was a vision. On the rising from sleep one idle morning, the young 25-year-old girl experienced something out of this world; the girl saw clearly before her, her future. At 25, the girl had spent most of her twenties up to that point confused and searching for answers, directions and guidance. It came when…
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Words are Good

by Deb Schroder  On a beautiful October Saturday, eight of us who teach in the Art Therapy Program gathered to share ideas, concerns and breakfast. I feel like I just want to say out loud that we have amazing, passionate teachers here! I’m also going to say something else out loud in order to hold…
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Safety, Fear, The Trunk, Wise Decisions and Moving Forward at Southwestern College

Why Putting Things In Boxes Doesn’t Make You a Wimp                      by Laura Bailey, Student at Southwestern College There’s nowhere in the world quite like Southwestern College; that’s just scientific fact. The students who attend Southwestern are striving for authenticity and conscious transformation, and the faculty and staff of this institution are striving even harder to…
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10 Reasons to Choose Southwestern College for Graduate School

Where Should You Go To Grad School for Counseling or Art Therapy? By Allegra Borghese, written during her first year as an Art Therapy/Counseling student  1. CLASSROOM SIZE. The number of students in an average class at Southwestern College is less than 15, with the range being from about 8-20 students per class, and fewer for Practicum…
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Insights Rise to the Surface

Capstone Project: Artist Statement Suzanne Otter, Fall 2012 Making art as a way to work through complex personal issues was helpful to me during the many years I worked as an organizational development consultant. I continued this “self-art therapy” during my formal study of art therapy and counseling at Southwestern College. The image-making and journaling…
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