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Posts by Jim Nolan, Former President

Ecotherapy: How Many Thousands of Years of Evidence Do We Need?

Earth-Based Practices & the Problem with Evidence-Based Practice “Epistemology” is the study of “Knowledge”, and how we know what we know, or what makes us think we “know” the things we think we know. Some people need “data”, some rely more on intuition; some need experientials, some deep reflection; some do lit reviews, some do…
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Becoming Visionary: The Key To Our Successful Future

Becoming Visionary Is A Mindset You Will Need    --by Jim Nolan  What does it mean to be “Visionary”?      Visionary means looking into our unprecedentedly uncertain future and introducing innovation and creativity with a conscious intention of identifying the most useful questions, possibilities, solutions, and actions for making positive change in the world. …
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Mental/Behavioral Health & Your State–Fascinating Highlights & Lowlights

From The State of Mental Health in America, 2018: Some Highlights & Lowlights   Prevalence of “Mental Illness”: New Mexico ranks 31st of 51 (Counting DC) North Dakota and Hawaii have the LOWEST prevalence of Mental Illness. The HIGHEST prevalence of mental illness: Oregon, New Hampshire and Colorado. Access to Mental/Behavioral Care: Worst states are…
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Conscious Entrepreneurship: A Buncha Tips on Private Practice

Conscious Entrepreneurship: A Buncha Tips on Private Practice ---by Jim Nolan, Licensed Psychologist, LPCC, LADAC These are, of course, mostly based on my experience, but I also know a lot of private practitioners, so I can bring in some of their wisdom too. You can try to get paneled by insurance companies or not.…
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Conscious Entrepreneurship: Let’s Meet Dr. Varghese

Conscious Entrepreneurship:  Why You Should Know Dr. Melvin Varghese Melvin Varghese is an incredibly likable guy who created what has blossomed into a huge phenomenon called “Selling the Couch.” He is a Psychologist who has created Podcasts, blogs, a Facebook Group, and other products aimed at helping you in private practice. This covers about every…
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Conscious Entrepreneurship: A Re-Boot…

Conscious Entrepreneurship at Southwestern College A few years ago, several of us at Southwestern College (Myself, Laura Lansrud-Lopez, Claudia Escareno-Clark, Dru Phoenix, Ande Hambuchen) created an initiative we called “Conscious Entrepreneurship." The spirit of it was that students could really use some ideas and skills related to how one operates out in the world as a…
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#AATA2017: American Art Therapy Association Convention in Albuquerque!

Here in Albuquerque, the town is abuzz with over a thousand Art Therapist burning down the house... How great to experience! I feel honored to be among them... SO many Southwestern College students, alumni, faculty, and friends are here, celebrating a very fast-growing profession, enjoying the camaraderie (this is TRULY a Tribe), and honoring all…
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Male Therapists in Training, Including Native New Mexicans!

There aren't enough male therapists out there, and there are definitely not enough male therapists of color, or Spanish-speaking male therapists, or male therapists born and raised in Northern New Mexico, which is a country unto itself, as we all know who live and practice here.  So it warmed my heart to see some new…
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Are You an Artist Who Also Wants to Help People? Art Therapy!

Are You an Artist Who Also Wants to Help People? “Art Therapy” is a thing. A real thing. I’m not kidding.    It combines Psychology and Art. And Healing. And Personal Growth. And Archetypes and Metaphors and Creativity, and Making Art and Making a Good Living. There’s a career for you. So many of…
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Students–Looking for Relevant Clinical Jobs? SWC is Helping

Well, if I were you, I would sign up for this Ziprecruiter email service---they send out jobs frequently, shaped to your zip code.  How do I search for a job on ZipRecruiter? Just enter the keyword(s) and location on the job search page or from the "Search Jobs" form on the top of the…
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What Cause Will YOU Stand Up For?

Student debt, the death of Fidel, Standing Rock, a shifting and historically unrecognizable economy, the Trump presidency, the Obama presidency, the avalanche of higher ed regulatory requirements, the exponential increase in documentation requirements by insurance companies, fracking, global warming, the diversification of the country, wall or no wall, remaining a sanctuary city---      Are…
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