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Where Do Southwestern Grads Work? Jennifer Albright, Art Therapy/Counseling

Jennifer G. Albright, MA, ATR, LPC/MHSP Graduated in 2003. Professionally, I am working with Experiential Healing Center with private practice serving children, adolescents, and adults with individual, family, group services. In addition, I am teaching Methods and Principles of Substance Abuse Counseling at Southwest TN Community College. I continue to work with at…
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Natascha Holmes Art Opening– Exploring the Inner World through Color

By Natascha Holmes Opening Reception at Wildheart Gallery, Southwestern College Campus, Santa Fe, NM When I am working with the materials and an image comes forth, I am aware that a story is unfolding.   It really is my honor to be the channel for the colors, shapes and messages that are there.  The…
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Guiding A Person Through Ambivalence with Motivational Interviewing

by Amy Hautman Bates As a student practicing therapeutic work, I have been uncomfortable with the power dynamic between clients and therapists.  As a counselor, I don’t like “playing the expert” and as a client, I don't like talking to someone when they act like they know more about me than I know about…
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Career and Life – Creating a Vision Board with Collage

Making Vision boards- Popularized by Oprah and Martha Beck In Career and Life Development class Webb Garrison kicked off the vision board project by leading us through a long meditation where we walked into a forest  and eventually came upon a treasure chest.  We opened the chest to see what was inside. These dreamy treasures…
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Mapping Out Family Systems with Genogram Oil Painting

By Amy Hautman Bates I can easily draw a family tree, but in Family Art Therapy class we are making genograms to explain our relationships with our families. Many people can map out their family systems with an assortment of boxes and lines and symbols. Here is what a typical genogram looks like: …
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Gratitude at the Grand Canyon: Two Student’s Road Trip for Thanksgiving

SWC fun at the Grand Canyon By Allegra Borghese Part of the fun of moving to Santa Fe for grad school is getting to explore a new geographical location. The high deserts offer a different kind of vastness than the concrete jungles of the east coast. While a seven hour drive can get you through…
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Staying Centered and Grounded as a Practicing Art Therapist

By Amy Hautman Bates So far my education at Southwestern College has been truly amazing.  The mission of the college “Transforming Consciousness Through Education” has resonated with my beliefs and values and the teachings have come easily for me.  But, learning about something and actually doing it can be very different.  It is common…
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In the Life of a New Student

By Lynda Klueh I remember the entrance of college in the undergraduate days, oh yes.  Call it what you want –the coming of age, leaving the nest, the rite of passage into unadulterated adulthood. As much as we think we’re cool, it’s hard to deny that somehow humans have an innate ability of knowing…
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Seeing first clients!

By Allegra Borghese   There will never be another ‘first client’. The feeling is so exciting. All the preparation of the last two (and probably more) years was present at the moment I first shook my client’s hand. Of course nerves are present too, but it felt so right being in this role.…
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Learning the Power of Language at Southwestern College

by Amy Hautman Bates We talk a lot about language at SWC. What are you saying? What do you really mean? This careful attention to words is part of the school’s mission of “Transforming Consciousness Through Education.” And in a way, transforming education through consciousness. A huge step in gaining self-awareness is hearing…
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Risking It All To Go to Southwestern College in Santa Fe, New Mexico

by Amy Hautman Bates   A year ago, I was  comfortable in my perfectly tailored house in North Carolina. I had a well appointed art studio, lush flower gardens, a wonderful collection of friends and  both kids in college nearby. Life was pretty idyllic. I had solid routines and a finely crafted ways…
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Wholeness Through Mandalas; Putting the Pieces Together For Greater Unity

  by Amy Hautman Bates The Mandala is a symbol of wholeness. And within that oneness, there is a wonderful kaleidoscope of experiences and expressions. Every moment, is new as everything sparkles and changes and as each facet moves, everything around it shifts in response. It is a beautiful dance of creative energy…
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