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Monthly Archive November 2016

Panel Discussion on Private Practice in Santa Fe

On November 15, 2016, Southwestern College began its Entrepreneurship Series with a panel discussion composed of a variety of helping professionals in Santa Fe. The presenters were President Jim Nolan, Ph.D., LPCC; Emilah DeToro, M.Ed., PCC; Ginna Clark, Counselor, MA, LPCC, ATR-BC, Faculty member, Coordinator of the Human Sexuality Certificate Program; and Jessica Reeves, LMT,…
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What Cause Will YOU Stand Up For?

Student debt, the death of Fidel, Standing Rock, a shifting and historically unrecognizable economy, the Trump presidency, the Obama presidency, the avalanche of higher ed regulatory requirements, the exponential increase in documentation requirements by insurance companies, fracking, global warming, the diversification of the country, wall or no wall, remaining a sanctuary city---      Are…
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Wild Heart Gallery Featured Artist: Laura Murphy

Muliebrity: The State of Being Feminine "Muliebrity” is coordinate term to “virility,” referring to qualities of femininity. Southwestern College staff, faculty, and students were invited to explore how they connect with and empower the feminine aspects of the self,  community, or greater collective via artistic processes. The Wild Heart Gallery is proud to…
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Muliebrity: The State of Being Feminine Exhibition

Wild Heart Gallery "Muliebrity" is coordinate term to "virility," referring to qualities of femininity. Southwestern College staff, faculty, and students were invited to explore how they connect with and empower the feminine aspects of the self,  community, or greater collective via artistic processes. On Thursday, November 10th, the Wild Heart Gallery hosted a…
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Juan Blea, SWC’s Newest Trustee

Juan Blea Bio I think in English, but I feel in Spanish.  Where the two meet is the source of who I am. I was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico on October 28th, 1971.  Spanish was my first language; it was the language of home.  English was the language of the…
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MA in Counseling or PhD in Psychology?

So You Want to Be a Therapist? Counselor or Psychologist? Let’s start with the fact that becoming a licensed psychologist will take you a good 6-8 years or more, and becoming an independently licensed Counselor will take you about 3-5, depending on your drive.  That’s huge. Of course it’s not the ONLY thing to take…
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Council of All Beings

Council of All Beings            The Transformational Ecosychology Certificate Program under the leadership of Dr. Ann Filemyr, Director, hosted a ceremonial weekend, October 28-30, 2016 to honor and celebrate our kinship with all beings. We became the Council of All Beings. Below are a few of the participant’s responses in poetry and prose. The Council…
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Now What? Dr. Ann Filemyr, Ph.D

Now What? Dr. Ann Filemyr, Ph.D November 14, 2016   In the aftermath of Tuesday’s election, I summon my courage. Already in the past five days there are multiple accounts of Muslim women being harassed at the University of New Mexico, in the university library, on the street. This is the direct result of a…
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The Fully Human Adolescent

This essay was written as a reflection paper for Applied Theories of Human Development.  In this class we discuss different stages of development in the human lifespan.  As we all well know, adolescence is socially considered as a unique, often perplexing and even difficult stage in life.  What we all may not know is that…
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First Year Student Living in New Mexico for the First Time

Being a first year student and new resident to New Mexico, orientation and the thought of the first day of classes was very intimidating. However, orientation was a great time. I met a lot of genuine and friendly fellow students in my cohort. After those two days, I feel excited to see where these next two years…
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New to Santa Fe: A First Quarter Perspective

For the last twenty-three years I’ve grown up in a small town in Iowa, and almost two months ago moved to Santa Fe to pursue my passion for helping others through art. I am in the MA in Art Therapy/Counseling program here at SWC. The southwestern United States is completely different from the Midwest, where…
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Transformational Ecopsychology Interview: Post 1

The Transformational Ecopsychology program at Southwestern College offers a Vision Quest each year to interested individuals. In September 2016, Vision Quest members took a 10-day trip to Canyon De Chelly with Katherine Ninos and Carol Parker, the founder of the Vision Quests provided by Southwestern College. This is an interview with one of the program…
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New Beginnings

I am settling into the first quarter of graduate school, and I can barely believe I am here- a sentiment it appears I share with many of my fellow students. Choosing to pursue a career in art therapy felt like choosing to chase a dream, but sitting in class after class with my brilliant classmates…
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A Forethought towards Meditation

 "I notice my breathing as I sit in a crowded room of new students, excited, exhilarated, feeling extreme and subtle at the same time.  I wonder. My curiosity sweeps the room with hope, and an idea.  What about a meditation circle? I come to Southwestern College as new student myself. Excited, nervous, shaky with quakes…
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Interview with Carol Parker

I, Rene, had the amazing opportunity to meet with Carol Parker at a coffee shop called Dulce in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Carol Parker brings with her a wealth of knowledge related to ceremonial space, initiations and rite-of-passages, and was the initiator of Vision Quests at Southwestern College. I asked her to meet to learn…
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The Hogwarts Express

I am nearing the end of the first quarter of graduate school, and I can barely believe I am here- a sentiment it appears I share with many of my fellow students. Choosing to pursue a career in art therapy felt like choosing to chase a dream, but sitting in class after class with my…
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Community Lecture Friday, November 18

COMMUNITY LECTURE Friday, November 18, 6–8pm, SWC Campus The Importance of Infant Mental Health: Early Childhood Development and Relationship Formation Presented by Michelle Daly, M.S.P.H., M.A., LPCC, ATR, IMH-E FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC OR $20 FOR 2 CECs Development and relationship formation in the earliest years of life creates the foundation for…
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