Posted October 26th, 2012 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, Consciousness & Mindfulness.
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…
Posted October 25th, 2012 by & filed under Consciousness & Mindfulness, SWC Blog.
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…
Posted October 23rd, 2012 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories.
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…
Posted October 17th, 2012 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Counseling at SWC, Student & Alumni Stories, Consciousness & Mindfulness, SWC Blog.
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…
Posted October 17th, 2012 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, Ecotherapy, Consciousness & Mindfulness.
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…
Posted October 17th, 2012 by & filed under Consciousness & Mindfulness, Ecotherapy, SWC Blog.
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…
Posted October 17th, 2012 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, SWC Blog.
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…
Posted October 11th, 2012 by & filed under Ecotherapy, Counseling at SWC, Art Therapy at SWC, SWC Blog.
Amy Hautman Bates, first year Art Therapy/Counseling student on her transition from Artist to Art Therapist
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…
Posted October 10th, 2012 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Counseling at SWC, Student & Alumni Stories.
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…
Posted October 9th, 2012 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Counseling at SWC.
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…
Posted October 4th, 2012 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Counseling at SWC, SWC Blog.
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…