Posts by Jim Nolan
Posted September 22nd, 2017 by & filed under Diversity Dialogue, Top News, Featured.
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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…
Posted September 22nd, 2017 by & filed under Top News, Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC.
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…
Posted September 15th, 2017 by & filed under Reflections from President Nolan, Conscious Entrepreneurship, Featured.
Conscious Entrepreneurship: Teaching You About Private Practice
--by Jim Nolan
“Private Practice” is a business, an entrepreneurial endeavor. Psychology programs almost never talk about this topic. Maybe the leaders or professors think talking about money and business is below them. Or maybe they are intimidated by that world,…
Posted August 24th, 2017 by & filed under Top News, Reflections from President Nolan, Featured.
President Nolan offers 8 tips on how to build a successful private practice. …
Posted August 20th, 2017 by & filed under Job Advice & Tips, Valuable Posts on working in the Mental Health Profession, jobs/, Counseling at SWC, Featured.
Are You an LPCC or LPAT Who Plans Eventually to Practice in Another State? --by Jim Nolan Ph.D, LPCC, LADAC, Licensed Psychologist in New Mexico and Hawaii
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE go for your license in that state NOW.
I bang this drum, people don’t listen much. “I don’t have time”, or “I don’t have the…
Posted May 16th, 2017 by & filed under Valuable Posts on working in the Mental Health Profession, So you want to become a therapist? Tips and Advice for Prospective Students, Conscious Entrepreneurship.
Posted February 18th, 2017 by & filed under Job Advice & Tips, Featured.
One of my several mentors, Dr. Sandra Shulman, told me to never let a professional license lapse.
So I went ahead and did, and always regretted it. There were reasons, of course--almost always money. It almost always created unforeseen headaches. Sometimes a LOT of them, and sometimes it took a long time and a lot…
Posted January 30th, 2017 by & filed under Counseling at SWC, Top News, Featured.
Counseling is for the Sensitive, but Not for Delicate Petunias, by Jim Nolan
This goes for Art Therapy too.
This is a hard field. We hear stories that are really hard to hear, and we see the underbelly of society that most people do not know even exists.
Sorry to break the news. Abuse, trauma,…
Posted January 29th, 2017 by & filed under Counseling at SWC, Top News, Featured.
Once again, Southwestern College and Tierra Nueva Counseling Center are bringing tremendous value to our students and community.
As part of Tierra Nueva’s “Conscious Entrepreneurship" initiative, Laura Lansrud-Lopez, Clinical Director of Tierra Nueva Counseling Center, launched an incredibly rich, full, and helpful series on “Clinical Documentation”, including discussions of ethics, the “Golden Thread” and much,…
Posted January 29th, 2017 by & filed under Job Advice & Tips, jobs/, Top News, Featured.
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…
Posted January 25th, 2017 by & filed under Top News.
The Psychology route (I took it) takes 5-7 years and costs a LOT, including the "opportunity cost", which means "the amount of income I did NOT make while I was going to school for 5-7 years."
If you primarily want to be a THERAPIST, the MA in Counseling is the way to go, for speed…
Posted January 24th, 2017 by & filed under Counseling at SWC, Reflections from President Nolan, Featured.
Dr. Nolan answers the question "How do I become a professional counselor?"…
Posted January 22nd, 2017 by & filed under Counseling at SWC, Top News, Reflections from President Nolan, Featured.
This article describes how to become a therapist. …
Posted January 15th, 2017 by & filed under Top News, Featured.
The current version of the Southwestern College web site was born on November 2nd, 2011. (We had been horribly hacked, and had to build it all over! Yikes.)
In a blog, I note that as of January 14th, 2012, our blogs had had 5100 views! Hurray!
As of today, January 15th, 5 years…
Posted January 15th, 2017 by & filed under New Mexico Art Therapy Association, Top News, Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Featured.
A bold and beautiful articulation of the Values and Understandings of the Southwestern College Art Therapy/Counseling Program faculty members. …
Posted January 15th, 2017 by & filed under Top News, Featured.
Clinical Training at Southwestern College offers more diversity of clientele than most programs in the country. …
Posted January 11th, 2017 by & filed under Top News, Featured.
Dear Southwestern College Students,
Tonight 22 faculty members came to our monthly meeting.
I wish you could have been there, seen and heard it.
We talked about “Transformational “Teaching, and what it looks like, how people actually “be” in the classroom, how CONSCIOUSLY they manage what they do to make the experience as…
Posted January 10th, 2017 by & filed under Top News, Featured.
It is high recruitment season. Prospective students are looking high and low, hither and yon, for information to help them make decisions about where to attend graduate school. They are thirsting for a feel, for a vibe, for a resonance, for a calling.
Of course they are. They are about to spend a LOT…
Posted January 6th, 2017 by & filed under Tips/Advice on choosing a graduate program, Counseling at SWC, Top News, Reflections from President Nolan, Featured.
Reasons why you want to get your Master's in Counseling at Southwestern College in Santa Fe, New Mexico...…
Posted January 5th, 2017 by & filed under Top News, Featured.
Early Bird applications are due January 31st, 2017!
If you apply early, you have the greatest chance of getting scholarships and at planning your coursework for the fall…
That could change your whole grad school experience…
Sounds like a smart thing…
We look forward to hearing from you!
Posted January 5th, 2017 by & filed under Valuable Posts on working in the Mental Health Profession, Tips/Advice on choosing a graduate program, Top News, Reflections from President Nolan, Featured.
Students often worry about whether they are learning what they need to know to pass exams and succeed on their first jobs. Some words of wisdom about that...…
Posted November 28th, 2016 by & filed under Featured.
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---
Posted November 22nd, 2016 by & filed under Top News, Featured.
Juan Blea Bio
I think in English, but I feel in Spanish. Where the two meet is the source of who I am.
I was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico on October 28th, 1971. Spanish was my first language; it was the language of home. English was the language of the…
Posted November 20th, 2016 by & filed under Counseling at SWC, Top News, Reflections from President Nolan, So you want to become a therapist? Tips and Advice for Prospective Students, Featured.
So You Want to Be a Therapist? Counselor or Psychologist?
Let’s start with the fact that becoming a licensed psychologist will take you a good 6-8 years or more, and becoming an independently licensed Counselor will take you about 3-5, depending on your drive.
That’s huge. Of course it’s not the ONLY thing to take…