Posted May 27th, 2013 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, Consciousness & Mindfulness.
by Amy Hautman Bates
I just read Mindell’s The Shaman’s Body and it reminded me of how much I used to know– how much I have always known that has become deeply buried in the last 35 years. Carlos Castaneda’s Journey to Ixtlan was an important book during my college years. Now I look…
Posted May 22nd, 2013 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Counseling at SWC, Student & Alumni Stories.
Does Southwestern College really deliver on its mission, "Transforming Consciousness through Education"?
I am approaching the end of my first year at Southwestern College. Time has flown. This is not just because I decided on Option One for the program, but also because so much has happened in these last 8 months. As a graduate…
Posted May 21st, 2013 by & filed under Where do SWC Grads Work.
I have been in a private practice setting with Urban Balance in Chicago since 2011, painting and blogging about my work.
Alicia Hoffman, LPC
Urban Balance, LLC
Here is an excerpt from Alicia's blog:
I created this piece in 2004 as part of heuristic research project in my second year of grad school…
Posted May 19th, 2013 by & filed under Counseling at SWC, Wild Heart Gallery, Creativity & More, Art Therapy at SWC.
by Megan Sturges, © 2012
My practice in the studio is about giving life to the unconscious image in specific form through my hands and eyes – bringing it into this world of color and form through the embodied sense of yes or no, here or there, connecting, separating, line, shape, object, pattern. Like dreams,…
Posted May 7th, 2013 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Counseling at SWC, Wild Heart Gallery, Creativity & More.
by Kat Dison
"Carl Jung realized that archetypes are not based on interactions and experiences between actual human beings, but on simplified characterizations. These simplified characters, or archetypes, perform roles that are essential to our understanding of the world. The magician archetype, for example, does not seek answers from external resources, but instead searches…
Posted May 7th, 2013 by & filed under Wild Heart Gallery, Creativity & More.
by Lisa Marie Paradis
Where do you hail from?
You and yours snug tightly
In between the dream
Awaken to five year old father's soul inhabited by butcher's
Chicken floating gently across
the room- enter the
back of the neck- boulders
upon the fleeing road-where
do you hail from?
barbed wire divisions in size-fait-memory-Is the
Posted May 6th, 2013 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, Consciousness & Mindfulness, SWC Blog.
After learning my flight was detained 4 hours,
I heard the announcement:
If anyone in the vicinity of gate 4-A understands any Arabic,
Please come to the gate immediately.
Well -- one pauses these days. Gate 4-A was my own gate. I went there.
An older woman in full traditional Palestinian dress,
Just like my…
Posted May 5th, 2013 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, Consciousness & Mindfulness, SWC Blog.
Amy Hautman Bates
I like Robert Waterman's concept of “The Studio" – the sense that we are all one and share in one another's growth. I feel the transformation of my cohorts and feel as though I am in a way, falling in love with them! Not just in Archetypal Psychology class, which happens to…
Posted May 4th, 2013 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, Where do SWC Grads Work.
I am a 2005 alumni from the Art Therapy program. Since graduating from
SWC, I have been on many adventures as a therapist working in
home-based and outpatient settings as a youth & family therapist, and
with military populations as a traveling therapist in and outside of
I work part-time as a college…
Posted May 4th, 2013 by & filed under Where do SWC Grads Work.
Jean graduated from SWC in 2012 with a Master's degree in Counseling with concentration in Grief, Loss, and Trauma.
She is currently working as a contract BH counselor at La Clinica del Pueblo in Tierra Amarilla, NM. She says, "I work in the Rio Arriba County Detention Center one half-day a week. I work in…
Posted May 1st, 2013 by & filed under Where do SWC Grads Work, SWC Blog.
Jaffa V. Frank, Ph.D.
After graduating with my M.A. in Grief, Loss, and Trauma Counseling at Southwestern College in 2008, I did hospice bereavement counseling in Albuquerque, which was cut short by serious personal health issues. Having come through surgery healthier than ever, I decided to pursue my long-time dream and in September of 2011,…