Posts by Jim Nolan, Former President
Posted October 2nd, 2018 by & filed under Top News, Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC.
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From Debbie Schroder:
In the book The Resilient Practitioner, authors Skovholt and Trotter-Mathison, tell a story about a man who had a job making bricks by hand, one at a time. Decades later the old man walked through his city, showing his grandson all the bricks that he had made. The authors wisely…
Posted August 5th, 2018 by & filed under T & H Conference, Featured.
“The last time I saw Shaun McNiff present was in Lucca, Italy. The audience was filled with therapists from all over the world, and he had us on the edge of our seats, laughing at his lively humor and moved by his insight into this human experience. I felt like he was speaking directly to…
Posted January 8th, 2018 by & filed under Counseling Program at SWC, Careeer & Professional Development Help, Reflections from the President.
Dr. Nolan discusses combining Counseling and Coaching as a career option. …
Posted November 24th, 2017 by & filed under Tips/Advice on choosing a graduate program, Ann Filemyr, Ecotherapy/Transformational Eco-Psychology, Wilderness Fasts & Earth Based Healing.
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…
Posted November 24th, 2017 by & filed under Careeer & Professional Development Help, Reflections from the President.
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.
Posted November 23rd, 2017 by & filed under Top News, Reflections from the President, Featured.
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…
Posted November 17th, 2017 by & filed under Careeer & Professional Development Help, Reflections from the President.
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.…
Posted November 12th, 2017 by & filed under Top News.
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…
Posted November 12th, 2017 by & filed under Reflections from the President, So you want to become a therapist? Tips and Advice for Prospective Students, Conscious Entrepreneurship, Featured.
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…
Posted November 10th, 2017 by & filed under New Mexico Art Therapy Association, Top News, Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Featured.
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…
Posted September 22nd, 2017 by & filed under Diversity Dialogue, Top News, Featured.
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 February 18th, 2017 by & filed under Careeer & Professional Development Help.
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 29th, 2017 by & filed under Jobs in Counseling & Art Therapy, Careeer & Professional Development Help.
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 Program at SWC, Reflections from the President, Featured.
Dr. Nolan answers the question "How do I become a professional counselor?"…
Posted January 22nd, 2017 by & filed under Counseling Program at SWC, Top News, Reflections from the President, 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 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 6th, 2017 by & filed under Tips/Advice on choosing a graduate program, Counseling Program at SWC, Top News, Reflections from the President, 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 Valuable Posts on working in the Mental Health Profession, Tips/Advice on choosing a graduate program, Top News, Reflections from the President, 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…