Posts by Jim Nolan, Former President
Posted July 9th, 2013 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories.
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8 Things I Miss About Being at Southwestern College This Summer
by Allegra Borghese
Having the summer off and being home in New York with family is fantastic. I am working on a vineyard right near the beach, rent is free, and I have no papers to write. As much as I love receiving a…
Posted June 6th, 2013 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories.
by Gabby Valdez, A Truly Beautiful Girl
My hat is off to Gabby for her courage in enhancing our consciousness about body types and the way cultural values can impact our entire lives.
Posted May 22nd, 2013 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Counseling at SWC, Student & Alumni Stories.
Does Southwestern College really deliver on its mission, "Transforming Consciousness through Education"?
I am approaching the end of my first year at Southwestern College. Time has flown. This is not just because I decided on Option One for the program, but also because so much has happened in these last 8 months. As a graduate…
Posted April 26th, 2013 by & filed under SWC Blog.
--from Reverend Ted Wiard
Internal Boundaries Can Lead to an Easier Day
The Taos News has committed to implement a bi-weekly column to help educate our community about emotional healing through grief. You may write questions to Golden Willow Retreat and they will be answered privately to you and possibly as a future article for…
Posted April 12th, 2013 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Counseling at SWC, SWC Blog.
"Laura Lansrud-Lopez offers the most eloquent version of consciousness-centered practice I have ever read." President Jim Nolan…
Posted April 11th, 2013 by & filed under Where do SWC Grads Work, Ecotherapy.
Luisa Kolker graduated from Southwestern College, where she studied Counseling. Interestingly, I met her through Social Media, where I became aware of this really funny, transparent, and seemingly wise woman who was doing Shamanic work in Santa Fe. I knew she was a graduate of the school and thought it would be great to meet…
Posted March 31st, 2013 by & filed under Where do SWC Grads Work.
During my Masters Program at Southwestern College, I obtained a certificate as a Gestalt Therapist by the Gestalt Institute of Santa Fe. I graduated from Southwestern College in March 2006 and began working at Life Healing Center full-time as the evening therapist. Because of the combination of training, I had the confidence to take the…
Posted March 28th, 2013 by & filed under Where do SWC Grads Work, SWC Blog.
Heather Wulfers, ATR-BC, LPAT, LPCC
I graduated from the Art Therapy/Counseling program in March 2010 and have been working as a licensed therapist both at Southwestern Counseling Center and in private practice. As the coordinator at the counseling center, I stay connected to the College community and work with all kinds of diverse clients, which…
Posted March 28th, 2013 by & filed under Where do SWC Grads Work.
Craig McAdams, M.A., LMHC
After returning from internship in Peru, I graduated with a Master’s in Counseling from Southwestern College in 2012 and became a member of the Board of Trustees. Now I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I am working with children and families at the Southwest Family…
Posted March 28th, 2013 by & filed under Where do SWC Grads Work, SWC Blog.
Magdalena Karlick, ATR, LPAT, LPCC
Since graduating from Southwestern College in 2009, I got married and gave birth at home to 2 sons, Judah Marley, almost 3 yrs old, and Isa Caw, 3 months old (as of January 2013). I finished SWC’s Interpersonal Neurobiology and Action Methods certificate in 2011. I am working towards licensure…
Posted March 28th, 2013 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Counseling at SWC, Where do SWC Grads Work.
Shauna Perry, M.A., LPC, ATR
I graduated from the Art Therapy/Counseling program at Southwestern College in the Fall of 2010. I am currently living in Denver, CO and working for Jewish Family Services as a school based therapist for refugee and immigrant students at two Denver Public High Schools and one Middle School. My work…
Posted March 27th, 2013 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Counseling at SWC, Student & Alumni Stories.
Is there Drama Therapy at Southwestern College?
By Allegra Borghese
At Southwestern College we incorporate many modes and traditions of healing
into the classroom. For first year students in Consciousness I, we were
asked to represent our findings of a research project through an interactive
performance. While the introverted part of me was not…
Posted March 17th, 2013 by & filed under Consciousness & Mindfulness, SWC Blog.
A Blog on Grief and Loss, from Ted Wiard
What is the difference between grief and trauma? Sincerely, Just Interested
Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, grief and trauma are common topics in our world today. Grief is the natural emotional process of healing after a loss that allows the intensity…
Posted March 5th, 2013 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, Consciousness & Mindfulness.
3,000 Hours: Growthiness
adjective. 1. Generating personal growth. 2. Transformative.
Growth. Transformation. Expanding consciousness. Meaning the development of new psychological capacities, new relationships, new understandings.
Those are the goals. I believe they're the goals of every being everywhere, including mountains and rivers and clouds, if those can be said to have…
Posted February 4th, 2013 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, Ecotherapy, SWC Blog.
Pachamama is my teacher...........
by Candy Jones, student at Southwestern College
"I go among trees and sit still. All my stirring becomes quiet around me like circles on water. My tasks lie in their places where I left them, asleep like cattle." - Wendell Berry from A Timbered Chore Take Me to Bethlehem
Posted February 2nd, 2013 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Counseling at SWC, Student & Alumni Stories, Consciousness & Mindfulness.
ON BEING HUMAN at Southwestern College, Santa Fe
- Allegra Borghese
I sit in client-mode, staring at myself down a long, dark tunnel. I see a flicker of myself that has been mischievously hiding for a long time. The uncanny feeling that emerges is a potent reality check slicing through who I think myself to…
Posted January 9th, 2013 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Counseling at SWC, Consciousness & Mindfulness.
Professional Ethics in Art Therapy
“But I say to you that when you work you fulfil a part of of earth’s furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born. ...And in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life, and to love life through…
Posted December 23rd, 2012 by & filed under Wild Heart Gallery, Creativity & More.
On my elbows and knees,
trudging through thick mud.
Cut up, alone, and enveloped in darkness,
yet there is something delicious about the taste of this earth.
I chew it: its salty crunch cleans my mouth.
I pour it over me: it is thick and wet, and gives me a coat of warmth.
Posted December 8th, 2012 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Counseling at SWC, Student & Alumni Stories, Ecotherapy, SWC Blog.
Reflection Option #3: A Letter to My Teacher--By Colleen Dougherty
Dr. Carol Parker, Ph.D, LPCC
Southwestern College, Santa Fe, NM
Dec. 3, 2012
I am writing to tell you about my experiences so far in the AmeriCorps program called OARS-Opportunities in AmeriCorps for Re-entry Success. This program exists in four of New…
Posted November 28th, 2012 by & filed under Ecotherapy.
My Journey With My Ally Plant, by Dr. Carol Parker
About 10 years ago while leading one of my first Wilderness Fast ceremonies in a remote location in Death Valley, I was shocked when a young woman named Ricki returned from her solo site laden with three-foot long stalks of Wild Tobacco. I had no…
Posted October 26th, 2012 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, Consciousness & Mindfulness.
What is healing? by Andrea Mitchell
What is healing? I was asked that question on the first morning of my first class. Actually I was asked to make artwork that represented healing to me. I made a medicine wheel, it was the first thing that came into my conscious, and I have learnt to…
Posted October 25th, 2012 by & filed under Consciousness & Mindfulness, SWC Blog.
Light Figures and Consciousness: At the Core of Southwestern College's Curriculum (Santa Fe)
by Katherine Ninos, developer of the Psychology of Consciousness Sequence
As you all know, Southwestern College’s mission statement reads “Transforming Consciousness through Education.” Consciousness has always been at the center of our curriculum; indeed, our two quarter sequence “Psychology of Consciousness” constitutes…
Posted October 17th, 2012 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Counseling at SWC, Student & Alumni Stories, Consciousness & Mindfulness, SWC Blog.
by Amy Hautman Bates
Artist's Block "Who is an artist when she is not making art?"
(This is a doodle, not a painting.)
In September, my partner and I packed everything we owned to move from the Southeast to the Southwest. It was very cathartic to consider everything we had and decide if and why…
Posted October 17th, 2012 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, Ecotherapy, Consciousness & Mindfulness.
Psychopathology (and seeking Authenticity) In the Chama River Canyon
About to embark upon a day alone with Mother Earth, my Psychopathology class and I ceremonially share our hopes and thoughts before surrendering to what She has to give (or take from) us. At this point, I am well-adjusted to the process of intention-setting, and yet…