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Yearly Archive 2014

of Purity…

To begin with I cannot speak Only see In simplest forms Feel Freely  Essentially Be Purity I am the babe Innocent Clean I cannot speak Only see Unabashedly Learn from me When you look to life You cannot take from me Anything I do not have Already Only  Purity I am the bud Softly Seeing Only …
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Skeletons in the Sky…

In preparation for my archetypal embodiment series I want to honor the structures and systems behind a persona or any construct for that matter. Those forms that silently shape what's under the skin, invisible to the eye. Why? Because without the groundwork, without the base everything falls out of context and nothing stays in place. In my creative…
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Mandalas and Thoughts at Week 8

by Debbie Schroder Program Chair for Art Therapy/Counseling Program  It doesn’t really surprise me that as we approach the eighth week of the quarter, I’m finally able to spend a little time putting together an image that contains mandalas created by incoming art therapy students, during orientation. The quarter has been full – of teaching…
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… “who will you be?”

This Halloween you will likely dress up. You will show the community a side of yourself they rarely, if ever, see. You will express your inner dimensionality with such verocity. You will adorn yourself, enticing the community to see something so very true about you and yet usually hidden from view. Ok, how many times…
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From The FBI to Art Therapist & Counselor, by Laura Lansrud-Lopez

Laura Lansrud-Lopez titles her 2nd act story “Follow Your Heart: Advice From a Graduate of Southwestern College.” Read about her career change from forensic firearms technician with the FBI to professional art therapist and clinical mental health counselor…
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Learning to Lose: The Freedom in Failure

Learning to Lose: The Freedom in Failure by Claudia Escareño-Clark Have you ever heard the question, “What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?” A while ago I fell down a self-help/find your passion rabbit hole where questions like these were supposed to somehow propel us into finding our dreams. I would like to…
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…Archetype : Creatrix…

She waits for you by the river bend, auspiciously watching the rush of water as it folds over itself and unwinds rambling streams of story. This is where inspiration lives, in the synergistic streams of the creative current. It lives in you. It has always lived in you. You are the bubbling ups of this emergent flow.  …
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The Give-Away: An Indigenous Abundance Ceremony

The Give-Away Ann Filemyr, Ph.D. Vice President of Academic Affairs & Dean, Southwestern College   In a number of different but related indigenous cultures, there exists the practice some call the Give-Away. This Ceremony is undertaken whenever an individual or family or clan group experiences a sense of great abundance, of plentitude and joy. Then…
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Transforming Sexual Shame in Ourselves and Others

If you’re considering the Sexuality Certificate program but still aren’t sure, consider how it can open doors for you as a practitioner…and as a sexual being.    Sexual problems are among the most common difficulties not disclosed to therapists (Hook and Andrews, 2005).   Feeling ashamed was the most commonly cited…
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Reclaim!

For those of us who create visual art, whether its for self or for others, it's known that pieces get stuck. Sometimes I will return to a painting or a drawing years later and finish it. Sometimes though, I can't move any further with a piece, and it needs to leave my space, to make…
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