Southwestern College Santa Fe, NM

Yearly Archive 2019

An Interview about the Art Therapy Field with Debbie Schroder, Program Chair of MA in Art Therapy/Counseling at Southwestern College

Debbie, you have been in the art therapy field for a significant time, can you tell us more about the trajectory of your career? Hindsight is amazing, but looking back I believe that each art therapy position helped me secure the next position. Sometimes I would take a leap of faith and try…
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First Year…first quarter (and some tips) by Whitney Tressel, MA in Art Therapy/Counseling student

"Week Five" marks the halfway point of my first quarter within my first year as a first-time graduate student. Both unbounded excitement and complete overwhelm compete inside me for my attention each day. While it feels like there is not much time to reflect blog-style at this peak point in Fall, it is important…
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Healing the Patriarchal Wound by Dr. Ann Filemyr, President Southwestern College, Ecotherapy Certificate Director

  I define the patriarchal wound as ancestral suffering and intergenerational trauma caused by the power imbalance between genders. Under patriarchy, boys, men and the masculine are considered inherently superior while girls, women and the feminine are considered inherently inferior. The extreme social positionality of superior vs. inferior causes distance between the genders and distorts…
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A Lively Variation of Art Therapy

By Deborah Schroder Sometimes I think of art therapy as a wild, colorful plant, and I most often think in “plant words”, not “garden words” – which to me speaks of art therapy’s ability to grow and thrive in surprising, unexpected places. Although many have planted, nurtured and tended to it (garden words) over the…
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The Art-Filled Wall Continues to Blossom with Color!

By Deborah Schroder  I continue to be just stunned by the continuing wall of beauty that contains the Capstone murals. The weekend course, or Part One of Capstone, when the mural painting happens, is how we encourage students who are finishing up Practicum, to explore what they know and have experienced about group work, and…
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Inauguration of President Ann Filemyr & 40th Anniversary of Southwestern College

The initial impulse to create a unique higher learning institution devoted to consciousness began in 1976 in Alamogordo, NM. Then in the fall of 1979 the first 12 students began their course of study. In the first entering class was Katherine Ninos, M.A., LPCC, who now teaches and mentors other teachers in the Consciousness curriculum.…
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Job Outlook for Licensed Counselors

by Kate Latimer, LPCC Before investing in the 2-3 years of academic coursework needed to complete a graduate degree, students need to know what their job prospects will be upon completion.  After the devastating effects of the 2008 financial crisis that left many degree-holders unemployed, colleges have seen a national trend of lower enrollment in…
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By Courtney Shackelford The campaigner. That is what the ENFP has been called. It is a personality that is driven by story, idealism, and emotional connection. It is my personality and perhaps one of those personality types best suited to therapy work. Extroversion doesn’t mean that you don’t have a capacity for deep listening, though…
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A glimpse: Teacher as Student Part 1

    I am a third of the way through my second residency at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee Switzerland. This intermodal education challenges students to learn through our bodies, minds and hearts. Students and teachers from all over the world (Hong Kong, Canada, Costa Rica, Switzerland, Mexico, Germany, Mexico, United…
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Facing My Privilege of Congruency

By Deborah Schroder, MA in Art Therapy/Counseling Program Chair  I’ve always enjoyed sharing Virginia Satir’s way of working, with my students in my family art therapy course. This spring at the International Family Therapy Congress, I was faced with a belief I’ve held about congruency that was clearly formed by my own white privilege. In…
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Tracking Anger – an Art Therapy Exploration

As part of our Wild Heart Gallery art show on “Anger and the Feminine Self” we are offering this somatic art directive to those interested in exploring their own anger further. Supplies: Paper and Color Markers or Crayons or Paints or Magazines/Photos for Collage                    Paper and pen for writing Population: This can be…
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Getting to know Kate Latimer – Program Chair for MA in Counseling

By Kate Latimer, MA, LPCC, Program Chair of the MA in Counseling (Clinical Mental Health) Program photo of Seren Morris, Joanna Conte and Kate Latimer at their SWC graduation I first heard about Southwestern College in 2002 while living in Morocco and teaching at a small international school located in the town of Ifrane in…
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On These Shoulders, I Stand

By Maqueita Eleazer  While taking the History of Art Therapy course, I was surprised to see that 7/301 pages mentioned the contributions that art therapists of color have made to the field of Art Therapy. Pioneers such as Cliff Joseph, Wayne Ramirez, Lucille Venture, Georgette Seabrook, etc. have made tremendous contributions to this profession, and…
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Santa Fe Pride 2019

By Laura Lansrud-Lopez This past Saturday on June 29th, fifty years after the historic riots at Stonewall Inn, a dedicated and enthusiastic group of students, friends, family, and staff of Southwestern College gathered with a meaningful intention: to announce to the Santa Fe community that Tierra Nueva Counseling Center is here, we care, and we…
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When “assessment” is in the title for a retreat

This past Friday, June 29, the SWC leadership, including the members of the Academic Council, the Chief Finance Officer and the Director of Enrollment Services (me!) gathered together for our annual, “Assessment and Strategic Planning Retreat,” at Sunrise Springs. The setting was lovely, but the idea of sitting in a room for 7-8 hours talking…
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Self Care, a Symphony in Four Parts: Part Four

By Awbrey Michelle Willett   Ann Filmyer, Ph. D is an educator, poet, teacher, and mentor.  A traditional healer she trained with the late Keewaydinoquay Paschal in the Midewiwin tradition of the northern Great Lakes and is an Ojibwe herbal medicine woman.  Dr. Filemyr has a rich history as a teacher and was Professor of…
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Self Care, a Symphony in Four Parts: Part Three

By Awbrey Michelle Willett   For Jason Holley, MA, LPCC self-care is the beginning of all good therapy.  Jason is a psychotherapist in private practice in Santa Fe, prior to this he worked for the Life Healing Center of Santa Fe, where he helped to found its internationally-recognized sexual addiction treatment program.  Jason has a…
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Self Care, a Symphony in Four Parts: Part Two

By Awbrey Michelle Willett Katherine Ninos, MA, LPCC, is Executive Vice President of Southwestern College and Director of the New Earth Institute. She received her BA in Psychology from Alfred University, New York, and her MA in Transformational Counseling and Education from Quimby College in its first graduating class. (Quimby College later became Southwestern College.)…
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