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Yearly Archive 2023

Art Directive from History of Art Therapy class

In History of Art Therapy: Founders and Foundations, we start each class with an art directive. This is a wonderful way to explore the history of the field of art therapy while also learning about the founding mothers and fathers.  This Tissue Paper Collage art directive was inspired by Edith Wallace and Jung's "active imagination". …
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Hello Winter Solstice!

The Winter Solstice starts the winter season on December 21, 2023.  The Earth is at its furthest point from the sun, resulting in the longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere. Astronomically, the Winter Solstice marks the start of longer days and shortening nights. Around the world, many cultures celebrate the Winter Solstice…
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Graduation 2023 Address for Degree Students -Jennifer Albright Knash, DAT

 Graduation Address: Jennifer Albright Knash, DAT, Chair of Art Therapy, Graduation Address, November 2023 Featured Photo of Virginia Padilla Vigil, Katherine Ninos and Jennifer Albright Knash More on: Jennifer Albright Knash, DAT, ATRL-BC, LPC/AODA, CCTP Jennifer Albright Knash is the Chair of the Art Therapy/Counseling program at Southwestern College.  She currently works with…
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Prioritizing Self Care as a Masters Student by Mariana Leon

Before attending Southwestern College, self-care was a weekend activity or something to do after all my priorities were completed. It was a luxury to have time for self care. My first class at Southwestern was Psychology of  Altruism: Fundamentals of Helping Relationships.  This course explored the balance of service and self-care. It wasn’t until then…
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On the First Residency for the PhD program by Angela Palmer

I am a new student in the Visionary Practice and Regenerative Leadership Ph.D. In late August and early September I had the privilege to participate in my first residency. It is titled "Seeking" and it kicks off the PhD program and allows us to connect with each other, the faculty, and the program overall. This…
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What to do in New Mexico, Summer 2023 by Tya Bussell

There are many gems to be discovered in the summertime throughout New Mexico. The summer temperatures in lower elevation areas of New Mexico range from 80-100 degrees Fahrenheit. The higher elevation locations of NM reach the 70s in the peak of summer. These temperatures are perfect for shorts and tank tops with plenty of sunscreen!…
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Navigating with a Learning Difference, Part I by Susanmarie Oddo

Time will Tell Wherever you find yourself in your educational career, you may discover, from time to time, that you need support to achieve success.  As a student with a learning difference, I’d like to share with you my standouts for success, which emerged during my first quarter as a PhD student.  It is my…
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Your Love is Vital, by Ann Filemyr, President Southwestern College

Each year on February 2nd, I celebrate the ancient Celtic Goddess Brigid, a great feminine solar power, she of the greening season who carries fire in her palms, she who blesses the arts of poetry, smithing, and healing. In Ireland it is called St. Brigid’s Day, honored as a holy day at her sacred spring…
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Personal Reflection on MLK Day 2023, Ann Filemyr, Southwestern College President

As we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 16, I reflect on his life and words urging us to do better, to be better, as citizens of the nation and members of the human community. I consider how he inspired so many. The work they collectively accomplished made our lives more possible.…
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