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Yearly Archive 2017

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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Voices in America featuring SWC

Voices in America chose Southwestern College/New Earth Institute as a unique, unsung, yet storied institution, to feature in television slots between full PBS broadcast shows.…
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Ancestors Visible: An Art-Based Genogram Show

Wild Heart Gallery Monday, April 10th, Southwestern College's Wild Heart Gallery hosted the first opening night gala of the quarter. Deb Schroder, Program Chair of the Art Therapy/Counseling Program, had this to say about the exhibition: “Students in our Family Art Therapy/Counseling courses are asked to create Art-Based Genograms, in order to experience the power…
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Ecopsychology of the Night: An Interview with Jason Holley by Rene Tricou

A simple question. What is astrology? I would say astrology is a way to live in connection with natural cycles of time. It is also the correlation, “as above, so below.” We are a part of a connected universe and it’s cycles. For thousands of years, people have been making correlations to the happenings…
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Flexible Resonating Or Who are You Drawn To? by Deb Schroder

Flexible Resonating Or Who are You Drawn To? As a child I really loved “Bunny Rabbit”, the silent bunny on Captain Kangaroo. I suppose that could have predicted my introverted personality. I cringe when my youngest grandson seems spellbound by “SpongeBob” – I can only hope that’s not a predictor of anything. Similarly, there are…
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SWC and NMATA Letter Writing Event

SWC and NMATA joined forces to offer a letter writing pizza party to help pass legislation that would enable Licensed Professional Art Therapists (LPAT) to receive third party payment for their services. Currently, art therapists can be licensed in the state of New Mexico with the LPAT credential, but insurance companies have recently begun to…
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From the Charm City to the Land of Enchantment! Discovering the Gift in being the only African American in my Graduate School Classes

  It’s been approximately 60 days since I packed up Lotus, my 2003 Honda Pilot, with all of my belongings that I could fit into it so I could relocate to Santa Fe to pursue my MA degree in Art Therapy & Counseling at SWC! Yes, I left the “Charm City” (Baltimore, MD), leaving my…
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Please Keep Your LPCC License…

One of my several mentors, Dr. Sandra Shulman, told me to never let a professional license lapse.  So I went ahead and did, and always regretted it. There were reasons, of course--almost always money. It almost always created unforeseen headaches. Sometimes a LOT of them, and sometimes it took a long time and a lot…
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Moment of Truth Exhibition

Wild Heart Gallery The current exhibition up in the Wild Heart Gallery is called Moment of Truth. I sat down with Sarah Ehle, the liaison for the cohort of 13 art therapy/counseling students preparing to go into the internship part of the Southwestern College masters program, to talk about the meaning of this theme. Sarah…
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Being a Counselor Activist – SWC Alumna Kate Latimer

Being a Counselor Activist I was outraged from an early age.  They say if you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention, so I guess I was paying attention.  In 8th grade I protested my Spanish teacher who insisted that even the Mexican and Guatemalan kids in our class speak Spanish with a Castilian lisp, asserting…
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ACTION ALERT for SATURDAY 9:30 am ! Art Therapy Bill being heard !

We need you! Saturday, February 11th 2017 ACTION ALERT for SATURDAY 9:30 am ! Art Therapy Bill being heard ! NMATA and SWC are working together to pass a law requiring insurance companies to reimburse independently licensed art therapists.  This is important legislation for the health and well-being of our state.  We have testimony covered,…
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Wild Heart Gallery Featured Artist: Ann Filemyr

Prime Movers: The Annual SWC Staff and Faculty Exhibition On Thursday, January 12th, the Wild Heart Gallery had its first opening night gala of 2017: Prime Movers: The Annual Southwestern College Staff and Faculty Exhibition. A “prime mover” can be considered many things, in many fields – mechanics, biology, philosophy, etc. – but aptly describes…
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