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Monthly Archive May 2013

Making the Right Decision About Your Education, by First Year Student

By Beza Addis, first year student at Southwestern College   I can not overstate the significance of taking the time to learn about one's desire and need when it comes to education and career. Being able to find a school and a program that best fits my strengths and the demands of the world took…
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Introducing The New Earth Institute of Southwestern College

     Southwestern College’s “Community Education Program” has not been a “community education program” for a long time. It is, and has been, a jewel of a destination spot for holistic, integrative, indigenous, creative, and grounded New Age teaching and training. Some of the teachers and trainers and keynote presenters are names you…
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Transformational Learning: An Iconoclastic Vision & Version

By Jim Nolan, President of Southwestern College (note from Jim: "I know this is too long to be a traditional blog. Thankfully, it is a non-traditional blog, so it all works out...") Back when Southwestern College first sought accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) in the early 1990’s, founder Robert Waterman and now Vice…
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Ojo Caliente or Ten Thousand Waves?

So, the dilemma is that you are a Southwestern College graduate student, and want to go to some hot tubs, and you’re in Santa Fe. Actually, that need not be a dilemma at all. There may be other answers to this one, but I will give you my two answers: Ojo Caliente, or Ten Thousand…
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The Best of Santa Fe & New Mexico

OK, so you are thinking about going to school at Southwestern College. We have a lot of blog pieces and information available for you to decide if our program is right for you (hope you are that fortunate...). This blog will be about "Lifestyle and Living in Santa Fe"--because of course, if you are thinking…
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Where Do Southwestern Grads Work? Alicia Hoffman

I have been in a private practice setting with Urban Balance in Chicago since 2011, painting and blogging about my work. Alicia Hoffman, LPCPsychotherapistUrban Balance, LLC www.urbanbalance.com 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 at Southwestern…
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Giving Life to Unconscious Images through Collage and Poetry by Megan Sturges

by: Megan Sturges, copyright 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…
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When Spiritual Counselors Ride The Quantum Physics Magic Carpet…

by Jim Nolan, Ph.D., President of Southwestern College, Santa Fe I notice these days that a lot of people in the spiritual counseling world, and related metaphysical worlds, are scrambling like crazy to support their beliefs or teachings by grabbing ahold of the somewhat elusive and esoteric coattails of what they knowingly call “Quantum Physics.” …
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How to Choose a Graduate School in Counseling or Art Therapy

I have come to realize that a lot of prospective students looking at master’s degrees in counseling or art therapy really just don’t get it. This graduate school journey is only very partially about “getting a master’s degree in counseling or art therapy.” It is really about: 1. Realizing your dreams (No kidding.) 2. Recognizing…
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Art Supply Swap!

  Magdalena Karlick and Kat Dison share a vision of providing a safe space to draw people together and experience creativity.  Their goal of spreading the arts was honored last weekend through a community art supply swap that was sponsored by the Santa Fe Creative Arts Center, New Mexico Art Therapy Association, and Southwestern College. With this additional support from the Santa Fe community, the art swap acted as…
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The Magician

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…
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Worthy of Power?

Most people seem to want leaders to lead. That was hard for me to grasp, initially, probably because I myself wanted to lead.  But it was, and continues to be, humbling how much power and trust people are willing to leave in your hands.  As a leader, a primary goal is to be worthy of…
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Leadership Priority #1: Loyalty to the Mission

My primary loyalty has to be to the mission of Southwestern College. Sometimes that will mean that individuals will be significantly unhappy, even angry. Being a leader means keeping a focus on the highest level of your responsibility, and trying your best to explain that to people who, in the moment, sometimes can only see…
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