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Monthly Archive April 2015

Grad School Surprise: Exponential Experiential

Once a heroic Jedi Knight, Darth Vader was seduced by the dark side of the Force, became a Sith Lord, and led the Empire’s eradication of the Jedi Order. He remained in service of the Emperor—the evil Darth Sidious—for decades, enforcing his Master’s will and seeking to crush the fledgling Rebel Alliance. But there was…
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How Can I Help (with a Dual Degree in Art Therapy/Counseling from SWC)?

“How Can I Help?”, a book by Ram Dass and Paul Gorman, asks a critical question of potential Art Therapists/Counselors, others in the professions such as medicine, psychology, social work, the ministry, education, and humans in general. We read this book, which explores the topics of altruism and self care in the helping professions, in…
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Three Magic Words for Fostering Respectful Dialogue

In a difficult conversation, when I'm considering saying something controversial, I find that it really helps to preface it with three magic words: "My story is..." This allows me to express my perspective while simultaneously owning it. Owning my perspective creates space for the other person to have their own perspective (which may be different…
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Come Undone

Come enjoy Laura's Art Show at the Wild Heart Gallery at Southwestern College. It will be up until the beginning of June, with a closing reception on Saturday 5/30 at 5:30! by Laura Schoff I feel with such a passion that art has the capacity to heal in many different ways. It has been my…
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Taking a “Wait and See” Approach to Life

When I'm finishing up a session of meditation, I sometimes set an intention to continue doing nothing throughout my day. That doesn't mean I won't move from my meditation cushion—it means I'll take a wait-and-see approach to my day. It means acknowledging I'm not in control—and letting go. I simply wait and watch what my…
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Digital Media, Personal Narrative & Art Therapy: The Great Unknown

The technology of the internet... what does it mean? Does the internet teach social skills? Does it matter? Can we make connections via the internet and are they real? What about personal narrative? How does digital media affect us?In this video interview Dr. Natalie Carlton discusses the topic of digital media as narrative, people's responses…
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I Like Big (Art Therapy/Counseling) Books and I Cannot Lie

Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.                                                                ~Henry David Thoreau, WaldenOh, yes, yes I do… like big books, art therapy and counseling tomes (including books about expressive arts therapies and indigenous and ancient healing traditions) and I cannot lie. One of the best things about the…
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Transforming Uncomfortable Feelings by Fully Experiencing Them

Often, when I'm experiencing uncomfortable feelings and moods, I'm barely conscious of them. It's not that these feelings are subtle and hard to detect—at times they can be pretty intense and still be mostly unconscious. It is as if I am the feeling (as opposed to being aware of it). I make a practice of…
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