Posted July 31st, 2015 by & filed under Top News, SWC Blog.
There's a paradox: from one point of view, I am that. From another, you are not me. I believe it's important to remember both of these viewpoints.Remembering "I am that" reminds me of the unity of all things. It reminds me that the entire universe is my body—so of course, I aspire to love it…
Posted July 31st, 2015 by & filed under Counseling at SWC, Student Reflections and Updates, Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC.
Claudia Escareño-Clark shares some reflections on her group work experience during practicum at Southwestern College. …
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Posted July 30th, 2015 by & filed under T & H Conference, The New Earth Institute, Featured.
Cultural Imposition: When Digital Immigrant Therapists
See Digital Native Clients
These days most therapists are Digital Immigrants—that is, they were not brought up in
the digital era, and digital communication is like a second language to them. On the other hand, many clients are Digital Natives, with completely different values, expectations and comfort levels…
Posted July 30th, 2015 by & filed under Job Advice & Tips, Valuable Posts on working in the Mental Health Profession, Alumni Updates, Smart Ways to Handle Student Loans, Top News, Featured.
You've heard that somehow, somewhere, by working at some obscure place, you might possibly be able to get some of your student loans forgiven. "Yeah, but I've never actually KNOWN anyone who did that--it's kind of like folklore..."
Well, now, one of your fellow Southwesterners is here to tell you it is real, and she…
Posted July 25th, 2015 by & filed under Coaching, Top News, Featured.
The Difference Between Coaching and Therapy: One Person’s View I am a licensed Psychologist, and I now hold a certificate in Life Coaching. You can Google “What is the difference between therapy and coaching? And read about it for a week, but here are my thoughts. In therapy (or psychotherapy, or counseling), the focus tends to…
Posted July 25th, 2015 by & filed under Valuable Posts on working in the Mental Health Profession, Counseling at SWC, Top News, Reflections from President Nolan, Featured.
Releasing Toxic Relationships as Self Care Strategy by jim nolanSometimes you find that you have toxic people in your life. Maybe it is more accurate to say “Toxic Relationships", since, as we will see, we are part of the dance too. Anyway, they may or may not be just fine for somebody else’s life, but…
Posted July 24th, 2015 by & filed under Top News, SWC Blog, Featured.
For me, the first step in having a great day is having a great sleep—and the first step in having a great sleep is preparing for sleep. I know I'm going to be asleep for about eight hours—and I know that the last hour or so before I go to sleep is a crucial time…
Posted July 17th, 2015 by & filed under Top News, SWC Blog, Featured.
I'm really liking a practice I've been doing: noticing what's about to be born. This works both alone and in conversation.
Alone, this practice goes with reminding myself that I don't know what I'm going to do next. Not knowing makes me curious about it. What actually am I going to do next? I…
Posted July 14th, 2015 by & filed under Valuable Posts on working in the Mental Health Profession, Tips/Advice on choosing a graduate program, Counseling at SWC, Top News, Reflections from President Nolan, The New Earth Institute, Featured, Mindfulness.
"Being There" as a Clinical Skill by Jim NolanAt Southwestern College, we take an unusual approach to training therapists. Many programs out in the world (and indeed many theories/models of psychotherapy) place an emphasis on skills, interventions, strategies (the empty chair, the miracle question, EFT, EMDR, and so on.) They can come from the direction…
Posted July 11th, 2015 by & filed under Counseling at SWC, Top News, Reflections from President Nolan, Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Featured.
We have a tendency to think that Art Therapy uses “symbols” rather than “words”, as in “Talk Therapy.” I want to remind us that words are symbols too—really language is a staggeringly complex system of spoken and written metaphors that we can no longer recognize as metaphors. Let me point out a simple example: The…
Posted July 10th, 2015 by & filed under Top News, SWC Blog, Featured.
I find that naming expectations helps me avoid and resolve conflict. An unnamed expectation is an unconscious, unspoken, implicit "should" or "should not" hanging between myself and someone else. I'm not saying expectations are a problem—shared expectations are the essence of culture, and culture is what allows us to relate with one another easily and…
Posted July 8th, 2015 by & filed under Valuable Posts on working in the Mental Health Profession, Top News, Reflections from President Nolan, Featured.
I got my Psychologist License back today.This is a lesson about what not to do. It took me seven years, six practicum experiences, a 2,000 hour internship at the UMASS Amherst Mental Health Clinic, and 2,000 post doc hours of practice to be ELIGIBLE to take the national exam for psychologists. Then I studied for…
Posted July 7th, 2015 by & filed under Job Advice & Tips, jobs/, Top News, Alumni News and Updates, Featured.
"Opportunity to Publish Consciousness- Centered Writing" for Evolving magazine.If you are interested in writing for Evolving Magazine - A Guide for Conscious Living,The writers guidelines are listed here:2015 Evolving Writer Guidelines and check out their website here: www.EvolvingMagazine.comgood luck!Are you joining us for the Transformation & Healing Conference, August 26th - 29th?for more info about T&H…
Posted July 6th, 2015 by & filed under Job Advice & Tips, Valuable Posts on working in the Mental Health Profession, Tips/Advice on choosing a graduate program, jobs/, Top News, Reflections from President Nolan, Featured.
Some students get clinically relevant, PAYING jobs early in their career at Southwestern College, even before they are in “practicum.” How?They get their LSAAWhat is an LSAA?The LSAA (Licensed Substance Abuse Associate) is the first level of credentialing toward becoming an independently licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (LADAC).To qualify for the LSAA license, you…
Posted July 3rd, 2015 by & filed under Top News, SWC Blog, Featured.
I'm finding I can make difficult experiences more meaningful by using them to cultivate compassion.
For instance, let's say I'm feeling lonely—needing more love and companionship in my life. Feeling lonely can be uncomfortable, and loneliness can seem bleak and meaningless. However, I can make my experience of loneliness more meaningful by using it…