A Message from the President’s Office
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Letter from President Ann Filemyr to Prospective Students
Southwestern College is a unique learning environment dedicated to both preparing students for professions in art therapy and counseling as well as inviting deep personal growth. These twin aspects come out of our singular mission to “transform consciousness through education.”
What does this mean to us? In the words of Executive Vice President Katherine Ninos, Southwestern College is a “light action.” What this means to me is that by our behavior, through our actions, we can bring greater light, compassion, clarity, truth and purpose to our own lives and the lives of others. The choices we make do have an impact on this world. Our educational model embraces this understanding. Our classes include transformational processes in order to help us become more aware of the impact our choices have on ourselves and others. Through deepening self-awareness, we become better prepared to truly be of service.
If this sounds like the kind of graduate school you are seeking, please contact our Admissions Office. We are looking for students who desire to make a difference, who seek self-knowledge and are committed to their own growth as well as the positive growth of those they seek to help. Our graduates work in mental/emotional and behavioral health, in social service agencies, in private practice, and in a variety of related fields. What brings our community together is the belief that through conscious action we can help restore well-being for those who are suffering.
In addition to our three clinical Master of Art degrees in Counseling, Art Therapy/Counseling and Art Therapy for Clinical Professionals, we offer seven professional certificates in Addiction, Abuse and Recovery, Applied Interpersonal Neurobiology, Children’s Mental Health, Ecotherapy, Human Sexuality, Infant Mental Health and Trauma, Grief & Renewal. Anyone may enroll in our Certificate programs. They serve our graduate students, clinical professionals, educators and community members.
In addition, Southwestern College operates Tierra Nueva Counseling Center, which serves the public with counseling and art therapy services. All of our students begin their professional practice by seeing clients at Tierra Nueva. This is a unique opportunity to develop skills under the guidance and supervision of our exceptional faculty.
We welcome you to come visit us. Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in the U.S. and one of the most beautiful. It is a center for the visual arts, for creative thinkers and innovators. We have a large Spanish-speaking population nearby and many immigrants in the neighborhood surrounding the campus.
Southwestern College is an exciting place, and we invite you to join us.