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Yearly Archive 2017

Ecotherapy: How Many Thousands of Years of Evidence Do We Need?

Earth-Based Practices & the Problem with Evidence-Based Practice “Epistemology” is the study of “Knowledge”, and how we know what we know, or what makes us think we “know” the things we think we know. Some people need “data”, some rely more on intuition; some need experientials, some deep reflection; some do lit reviews, some do…
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Becoming Visionary: The Key To Our Successful Future

Becoming Visionary Is A Mindset You Will Need    --by Jim Nolan  What does it mean to be “Visionary”?      Visionary means looking into our unprecedentedly uncertain future and introducing innovation and creativity with a conscious intention of identifying the most useful questions, possibilities, solutions, and actions for making positive change in the world. …
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Mental/Behavioral Health & Your State–Fascinating Highlights & Lowlights

From The State of Mental Health in America, 2018: Some Highlights & Lowlights   Prevalence of “Mental Illness”: New Mexico ranks 31st of 51 (Counting DC) North Dakota and Hawaii have the LOWEST prevalence of Mental Illness. The HIGHEST prevalence of mental illness: Oregon, New Hampshire and Colorado. Access to Mental/Behavioral Care: Worst states are…
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Why I Resist by Deb Schroder

Why I Resist There are a number of stories swirling around about the recent American Art Therapy Association conference. And no one can deny that it was intense and the atmosphere was charged with passion. Simply put, the hot topic was the AATA Board of Directors’ decision to support Karen Pence’s art therapy initiative, and…
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Conscious Entrepreneurship: A Buncha Tips on Private Practice

Conscious Entrepreneurship: A Buncha Tips on Private Practice ---by Jim Nolan, Licensed Psychologist, LPCC, LADAC These are, of course, mostly based on my experience, but I also know a lot of private practitioners, so I can bring in some of their wisdom too. You can try to get paneled by insurance companies or not.…
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Conscious Entrepreneurship: Let’s Meet Dr. Varghese

Conscious Entrepreneurship:  Why You Should Know Dr. Melvin Varghese Melvin Varghese is an incredibly likable guy who created what has blossomed into a huge phenomenon called “Selling the Couch.” He is a Psychologist who has created Podcasts, blogs, a Facebook Group, and other products aimed at helping you in private practice. This covers about every…
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Conscious Entrepreneurship: A Re-Boot…

Conscious Entrepreneurship at Southwestern College A few years ago, several of us at Southwestern College (Myself, Laura Lansrud-Lopez, Claudia Escareno-Clark, Dru Phoenix, Ande Hambuchen) created an initiative we called “Conscious Entrepreneurship." The spirit of it was that students could really use some ideas and skills related to how one operates out in the world as a…
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#AATA2017: American Art Therapy Association Convention in Albuquerque!

Here in Albuquerque, the town is abuzz with over a thousand Art Therapist burning down the house... How great to experience! I feel honored to be among them... SO many Southwestern College students, alumni, faculty, and friends are here, celebrating a very fast-growing profession, enjoying the camaraderie (this is TRULY a Tribe), and honoring all…
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Community-Based Ecopsychology Project

Community-Based Ecotherapy by Rene Tricou I am a Master’s degree student at Southwestern College working toward the Transformational Ecopsychology certificate. During my first year, many of the courses I took assisted me going deeper within myself to bring out the future counselor and process facilitator in me. I was the first student to enroll…
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Adjusting to Southwestern College and New Mexico by Mackenzie McConnell

Adjusting to Southwestern College and New Mexico It’s challenging to express what my experience adjusting to Southwestern College and Santa Fe has been like. Finding ways to describe how magical, fulfilling, and painful it has been almost seems impossible. I arrived in  Santa Fe from Oregon in August and I had almost two months…
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Art Therapy Techniques: Studio Art Exhibition

Wild Heart Gallery Beth Lykins, an Art Therapy/Counseling student finishing up the first part of the Southwestern College masters program, approached the Wild Heart Gallery about hosting an exhibition featuring the artwork of her fellow students who completed the Winter 2017 quarter of AT/CN 592, Art Therapy Techniques: Studio Art.    Fortunately,…
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Wild Heart Gallery Featured Artist: Jessica Morris

Wild Heart Gallery The term, “manifold” can be described in a number of ways, but in application to the latest Wild Heart Gallery exhibition, means “having numerous different parts, elements, features, forms, etc.” This show’s theme centers around visual narrative investigation of Southwestern College staff, faculty, and students into the sacred pieces which formed their…
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Wild Heart Gallery Featured Artist: Chelsea Slay

Wild Heart Gallery The term, “manifold” can be described in a number of ways, but in application to the latest Wild Heart Gallery exhibition, means “having numerous different parts, elements, features, forms, etc.” This show’s theme centers around visual narrative investigation of Southwestern College staff, faculty, and students into the sacred pieces which formed their…
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A Penny Makes Change by Mark Speight

A Penny Makes Change Mark Speight, graduate student in Counseling Written in the Southwestern College weekly writing group facilitated by Dr. Ann Filemyr   A penny makes change.   A cog fits into the machine and squeaks,     occasionally.   A box of pastels mugged me on the way,      yearning to be pulled along the…
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Manifold Exhibition

Wild Heart Gallery The term, "manifold" can be described in a number of ways, but in application to the latest Wild Heart Gallery exhibition, means "having numerous different parts, elements, features, forms, etc." This show's theme centers around visual narrative investigation of Southwestern College staff, faculty, and students into the sacred pieces which formed their…
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Wild Heart Gallery Featured Exhibition: Vicissitudes

     Wild Heart Gallery May 2nd was the Wild Heart Gallery opening night gala for Vicissitudes, the first solo exhibition for conceptual, multimedia artist and second year Southwestern College Art Therapy/Counseling student, Jessica Morris. The evening was filled with lively conversation, delicious refreshments, and music provided by SWC's own, Larry Harkcom. …
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