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From SWC’s Chair of the Board of Trustees…

--from Dr. Tina Ludutsky-TaylorDear Southwestern College Community,It is with a great sense of excitement and anticipation for the coming academic year at Southwestern College that I write my first blog as Chair of the Board of Trustees.  The College is on the cusp of transitioning to the next level of achievement as a provider of…
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Words in Psychology that I Hate: “Treatment”

Trick or Treatment Planning, by Jim NolanWithin the world of Psychology, I absolutely hate the verb “to treat.” As in “my client came in for treatment.”That word got co-opted from the medical world where people DO treat burns, broken legs, strep throat, diabetes, whooping cough, beriberi, and Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome.In therapy, we engage in deep, meaningful,…
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Student Loan Forgiveness-It’s Real. by Jessica Callaway

You've heard that somehow, somewhere, by working at some obscure place, you might possibly be able to get some of your student loans forgiven.  "Yeah, but I've never actually KNOWN anyone who did that--it's kind of like folklore..."Well, now, one of your fellow Southwesterners is here to tell you it is real, and she has…
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Some Thoughts on Coaching and Therapy

The Difference Between Coaching and Therapy: One Person’s View I am a licensed Psychologist, and I now hold a certificate in Life Coaching. You can Google “What is the difference between therapy and coaching? And read about it for a week, but here are my thoughts. In therapy (or psychotherapy, or counseling), the focus tends to…
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Releasing Toxic Relationships Can Be Good for Your Health

Releasing Toxic Relationships as Self Care Strategy by jim nolanSometimes you find that you have toxic people in your life. Maybe it is more accurate to say “Toxic Relationships", since, as we will see, we are part of the dance too. Anyway, they  may or may not be just fine for somebody else’s life, but…
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Being There: What ARE the Best Clinical Skills?

"Being There" as a Clinical Skill   by Jim NolanAt Southwestern College, we take an unusual approach to training therapists. Many programs out in the world (and indeed many theories/models of psychotherapy) place an emphasis on skills, interventions, strategies (the empty chair, the miracle question, EFT, EMDR, and so on.) They can come from the direction…
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Taking a Leap: All Therapy Is Art Therapy

We have a tendency to think that Art Therapy uses “symbols” rather than “words”, as in “Talk Therapy.” I want to remind us that words are symbols too—really language is a staggeringly complex system of spoken and written metaphors that we can no longer recognize as metaphors. Let me point out a simple example: The…
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I Got My Psychologist License Back Today

I got my Psychologist License back today.This is a lesson about what not to do. It took me seven years, six practicum experiences, a 2,000 hour internship at the UMASS Amherst Mental Health Clinic, and 2,000 post doc hours of practice to be ELIGIBLE to take the national exam for psychologists. Then I studied for…
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Paid Internships in Substance Abuse Counseling: The LSAA

Some students get clinically relevant, PAYING jobs early in their career at Southwestern College, even before they are in “practicum.” How?They get their LSAAWhat is an LSAA?The LSAA (Licensed Substance Abuse Associate) is the first level of credentialing toward becoming an independently licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (LADAC).To qualify for the LSAA license, you…
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INFPs and “Evidence-Based Practice”: A Tale of Two Psyches

Dr. James Michael Nolan discusses the fundamentally different approach of INFP therapists and those promoting "Evidence-Based Practice" in psychotherapy. …
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