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Monthly Archive March 2013

Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Deb Heikes, Counseling

During my Masters Program at Southwestern College, I obtained a certificate as a Gestalt Therapist by the Gestalt Institute of Santa Fe. I graduated from Southwestern College in March 2006 and began working at Life Healing Center full-time as the evening therapist. Because of the combination of training, I had the confidence to take the…
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Wilderness Fast Dreams Become Reality- Jessica Ventura-Ewing

by Jessica Ventura-Ewing "Until You Know Yourself Happiness Cannot Come To You" ~ Yogi Tea When thinking about the maternal lineage in my family the feeling that kept presenting itself was sadness. Not a normal type of everyday sadness but a deep seeded sadness that stemmed from birth, something that all of the…
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Southwestern Grad, Matthew David, Santa Fe Therapist and Harmonica Player

Matthew David I'm working in private practice in Santa Fe. My office is located at 1807 Second Street, in the Second Street Studio complex. I've been doing this exclusively, on a part time basis – I now say that I'm “semi-retired”- since leaving The Life Healing Center in 2006. I work with adult individuals and…
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Southwestern Grad, Lauren Taylor, Working as Art Therapist in Oklahoma

Lauren Taylor Oklahoma City, OK   I graduated in 2010 with a MA in Art Therapy and Counseling, and received my LPC in February of 2013.  While under supervision for my license, I worked at the Community Learning Council which is a non-profit that focuses on working with women and children who have witnessed domestic…
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Where Do Southwestern Grads Work? Kristin Sellke Koepke, Art Therapist

Kristin Sellke Koepke Wauwatosa, WI I graduated from Southwestern in 2002 with my MA in Art Therapy. Since then I have lived in Illinois, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. I have spent most of my career working with children and adolescents, many of them in the foster care system. I am now an independent contractor in…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Paul Grim, Counselor

My wife Fern, foster daughter Kari, doggie Otto, and I are homesteading on our land in Lyle, WA where we have a 10,000 square foot vegetable "patch," solar power, and wood cooker. We are currently crammed into a tiny yurt, but we are building a new home during our spare time evenings and weekends. http://homesweetyurt.wordpress.com/. …
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Where Do Southwestern Grads Work? Laura Lansrud-Lopez, Art Therapy/Counseling

 Laura L. Lansrud-Lopez, M.S., M.A., LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, ATCS, ACS I was working full-time as the Family Services Program Coordinator for TeamBuilders Counseling Services when I graduated from SWC's Art Therapy / Counseling program in March, 2007. The birth of my first daughter in 2008 prompted my reluctant departure from TeamBuilders, and set me on…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Heather Wulfers, Art Therapy/Counseling

Heather Wulfers, ATR-BC, LPAT, LPCC I graduated from the Art Therapy/Counseling program in March 2010 and have been working as a licensed therapist both at Southwestern Counseling Center and in private practice. As the coordinator at the counseling center, I stay connected to the College community and work with all kinds of diverse clients, which…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Andrew Fearnside, Counseling

Andrew Fearnside, LMHC I work as a psychotherapist for a small agency in Albuquerque, NM, providing treatment for a wide variety of folks with problems centered in addiction, trauma, grief and loss, depression and anxiety. I am proud to say that I am still generally delighted, and sometimes challenged, by the great mystery that life…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Craig McAdams, Counseling

Craig McAdams, M.A. LMHC After returning from internship in Peru, I graduated with a Master’s in Counseling from Southwestern College in 2012 and became a member of the Board of Trustees. Now I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I am working with children and families at the Southwest Family…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Magdalena Karlick, Art Therapy/Counseling

Magdalena Karlick, ATR, LPAT, LPCC Since graduating from Southwestern College in 2009, I got married and gave birth at home to 2 sons, Judah Marley, almost 3 yrs old, and Isa Caw, 3 months old (as of January 2013). I finished SWC’s Interpersonal Neurobiology and Action Methods certificate in 2011. I am working towards licensure…
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Where Southwestern Grads Work: Shauna Perry, Art Therapy/Counseling

Shauna Perry, M.A., LPC, ATR I graduated from the Art Therapy/Counseling program at Southwestern College in the Fall of 2010. I am currently living in Denver, CO and working for Jewish Family Services as a school based therapist for refugee and immigrant students at two Denver Public High Schools and one Middle School. My work…
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Experiential Learning at Southwestern College

Is there Drama Therapy at Southwestern College? By Allegra Borghese   At Southwestern College we incorporate many modes and traditions of healing into the classroom. For first year students in Consciousness I, we were asked to represent our findings of a research project through an interactive performance. While the introverted part of me was not…
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Art Therapy Techniques: Mask Making – The Inner Critic

Brittany, Allegra, and Noelle wearing their Inner Critics   by Amy Hautman Bates It felt more like a kid’s birthday party than a techniques class with glitter, glue and feathers scattered across the tables.  Anything goes when it came to visualizing that little voice in our head that tells us that we are not quite…
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Creative Shoes, Another Journey

My 2013 section of Current Trends in Art Therapy's Journey Shoes! Check out the directional video on Vimeo, which was used in Art Therapy Alliance's Six Degrees of Creativity 2. The students seemed to enjoy the process of recreating the shoes that they brought in to class. Some brought old shoes, uncomfortable shoes, shoes with…
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Creating Characters

 I love gluing things together to create beings. Broken toys, bits of jewelry, feathers, recycling, stones, pistachio shells.. the list of gluable-together items is infinitely long! Crone Calm Observance and her sidekick Slowdown and Protect Snail This is a common directive that I use with clients as well, we use pieces that I have collected,…
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Art-Based Genograms: Ancestors Visible

by Debbie Schroder The idea seems simple, initially. When making a Genogram (kind of a family tree) use an image instead of a square or circle (how Genograms are usually done).  Each week in my Family Art Therapy course, one or two students shared their art-based Genograms. Never doubting our…
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Exploring Loss

Loss has been part of life since the beginning of time. It happens in nature with the seasons, animals and natural disasters. With humanity’s evolution, especially in certain societies, loss was hushed and shelved away in some imaginary file cabinet called denial. Grief, death, loss and other “sad” words were not spoken. When there were…
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The Grief Process

I think of grief as the normal and natural healing process from a loss. There are many forms of loss, including, loss of a pet, health, home, finances, dreams and hopes, motivation, Self, addiction, social status, time, and, of course, death of a loved one. Any time you experience loss you may undergo a grief…
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What is the Difference Between Grief and Trauma? from Rev. Ted Wiard

 A Blog on Grief and Loss, from Ted Wiard Dear Ted, What is the difference between grief and trauma? Sincerely, Just Interested Dear Interested: Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, grief and trauma are common topics in our world today. Grief is the natural emotional process of healing after a loss that allows the intensity…
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Art Therapy Heals Through Interpersonal Neurobiology

by Amy Hautman Bates   Watching the jellyfish at the Albuquerque Aquarium reminded me of how magical and mysterious we all are. The photos I took were perfect for my presentation about Interpersonal Neurobiology and Art Therapy for my Art Theories class at Southwestern College. Painting a watercolor helped me to visualize the brain and…
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Maras Weaving Project

Southwestern College sends interested interns to the Andean village of  Maras, Peru to work with children ages 4-12 in the elementary school and in an after-school program.  This region, located at 13,000 feet, is very poor due to an ongoing drought and loss of crops and animals.  Men and boys leave Maras to work in…
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Growthiness, By Andrew Fearnside

3,000 Hours: Growthiness   Growthy [Grohth-ee] adjective. 1. Generating personal growth. 2. Transformative.   Growth. Transformation. Expanding consciousness. Meaning the development of new psychological capacities, new relationships, new understandings. Those are the goals. I believe they're the goals of every being everywhere, including mountains and rivers and clouds, if those can be said to have…
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