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Posts by Jim Nolan, Former President

Reflections on First Year, by Allegra Borghese

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…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Luisa Kolker

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…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Deb Heikes, Counseling

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…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Heather Wulfers, Art Therapy/Counseling

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…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Craig McAdams, Counseling

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…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Magdalena Karlick, Art Therapy/Counseling

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…
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Where Southwestern Grads Work: Shauna Perry, Art Therapy/Counseling

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…
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Experiential Learning at Southwestern College

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…
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What is the Difference Between Grief and Trauma? from Rev. Ted Wiard

 A Blog on Grief and Loss, from Ted Wiard Dear Ted, What is the difference between grief and trauma? Sincerely, Just Interested Dear 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…
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Growthiness, By Andrew Fearnside

3,000 Hours: Growthiness   Growthy [Grohth-ee] 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…
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The Teachings of Pachamama, Mother Earth

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 …
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SWC First Year Student Wrestles With Consciousness

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…
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A Poetic Journey through Ethics and Personal Transformation, by Student Camille Grec

Professional Ethics in Art Therapy Final Paper Camille Grec Autumn 2012 “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…
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A Southwestern College Intern’s Letter from Prison

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   Dear Carol, 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…
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What Is Healing? by Southwestern College Student, Andrea Mitchell

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…
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Light Figures: Finding the Core of Consciousness at Southwestern College, Santa Fe

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…
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Who Is an Artist When She Is Not Making Art?

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…
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Psychopathology in the Chama River Canyon: First-Year Student Blog

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…
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