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Monthly Archive August 2015

What is Empathic Presence?

When I started learning to empathize with others, at first, I found myself awkwardly guessing their feelings and needs (often, incorrectly). Gradually, I built my feelings and needs vocabulary, and eventually, I was able to guess feelings and needs more easily and more accurately. However, my empathic reflections still felt somewhat awkward and contrived. I'd…
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Visual Truth: A Series on the Honesty of Art

Visual Truth: A Series on the Honesty of ArtPart 1In 2005 Stephen Colbert coined the word “truthiness” and it still mischievously pops into my head when I witness discussions where no real facts seem important. As an art therapist I probably honor intuition and perception as much as anyone so it might seem a little incongruous…
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Life Without Scapegoating

In these turbulent times, there are many people promoting their personal vision for the future, and asking for our support in making their vision a reality. This article is about who I look to for leadership, and why, and how I choose to lead my own life.What is Scapegoating?I'm remembering a talk by an environmental…
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From SWC’s Chair of the Board of Trustees…

--from Dr. Tina Ludutsky-TaylorDear Southwestern College Community,It is with a great sense of excitement and anticipation for the coming academic year at Southwestern College that I write my first blog as Chair of the Board of Trustees.  The College is on the cusp of transitioning to the next level of achievement as a provider of…
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Words in Psychology that I Hate: “Treatment”

Trick or Treatment Planning, by Jim NolanWithin the world of Psychology, I absolutely hate the verb “to treat.” As in “my client came in for treatment.”That word got co-opted from the medical world where people DO treat burns, broken legs, strep throat, diabetes, whooping cough, beriberi, and Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome.In therapy, we engage in deep, meaningful,…
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When My World Fell Apart

(This piece is based on a journal entry of mine from January, 2009.)The last couple weeks have been very challenging for me. I've been feeling anxious, off-center, low on energy, and afraid. Lots of things have changed in my life all at once.Watching Everything Fall ApartThe nonprofit that I've been leading for the last year…
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Letting Go of Control

When we stop trying to control ourselves and others, what happens? Perhaps that depends on the extent to which we're resting in love. When we're resting in love, the distinction between ourselves and others evaporates. We start getting attentive to all needs that arise—both for ourselves and others.When we stop trying to control, we stop…
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