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Yearly Archive 2012

What it’s like being a new student in 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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Everything You Ever Need To Know About Doing Therapy

How Does Therapy Work?  One of Three Million Possible Answers, by Jim Nolan I am reminded of two little stories....(as you probably know, I like these little ways of learning/teaching....) There is a Zen-y kind of thing that goes something like this: What does the Unenlightened man do? Chops wood, carries water. What does the Enlightened Man…
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A Poem for Ted Wiard at Golden Willow Sanctuary for Grief and Loss

"Ted" Looking across the yard toward La Capilla de Los Angelitos, sun bright to my right, slight breeze, mid 50's-- almost too cool for a tee shirt, but not quite-- the heart is warm...   This morning we watched the film "Crossing Bridges" in which Ted Wiard and a bushel of boys built that Chapel…
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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”…
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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 president, Jim Nolan counting the views on our schools website, www.SWC.edu. There were a few nights where his Facebook…
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Therapists Are A Perfect Fit for Social Media Sensibilities

Therapists Have Long Lived Where the Business World Just Bought Land... Recently, in an O’Hare Airport bookstore, I was looking through the Business section, which is also where Social Media books tend to live. Totally amazing. The “New Business Sensibility” is emerging—it is an epic change. And Social Media is the cause, the effect, and…
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Psychopathology in the Chama River Canyon: 1st 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…
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Southwestern College Trustees Walk the New Land…..

It is not like we are all close buddies. But there is something about being fellow members of the Board of Trustees at a College, in our case, Southwestern College in Santa Fe, that is a truly bonding experience. I know that sounds kind of schmaltzy, or could. "Bonding Experience."  But I will offer you…
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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, our Director, agreed to facilitate an authentic Peruvian ritual, more accurately, a "Becoming Despacho".  Despacho translates into "dispatch", so here we…
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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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Five Reasosn For Therapists To Love Pinterest

Five Reasons for Therapists to Love Pinterest 1. When you work in the psychotherapeutic field (whether as Counselor, Art Therapist, Psychologist, Social Worker, whatever) the energy field within which you work is complicated, and shaped around “What is wrong? What is the problem? What hurts so bad that it brings you in today? Tell me…
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Southwestern College Social Media Tips for Therapists…

Southwestern College, Santa Fe Is Growing Its Social Media Presence and Support Daily! President Jim Nolan and Trustee/Alumna/Faculty Laura Lansrud-Lopez have been studying, teaching and presenting on Social Media for over two years (in addition to being ACTIVE in Social Media for much longer...)  We have found that, in general, many therapists are woefully unprepared…
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Southwestern College Students Explore Aboriginals and Art Therapy

Amy Hautman Bates, first year Art Therapy/Counseling student on her transition fro 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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