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Posts by Magdalena Karlick

The Magician

by Kat Dison   "Carl Jung realized that archetypes are not based on interactions and experiences between actual human beings, but on simplified characterizations. These simplified characters, or archetypes, perform roles that are essential to our understanding of the world. The magician archetype, for example, does not seek answers from external resources, but instead searches…
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Bird Sculpture

by Lisa Marie Paradis   Where do you hail from? You and yours snug tightly In between the dream Awaken to five year old father's soul inhabited by butcher's Chicken floating gently across the room- enter the back of the neck- boulders upon the fleeing road-where do you hail from? barbed wire divisions in size-fait-memory-Is the …
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Where Do Southwestern Grads Work? Michele “Ama Wehali” Rozbitsky

1990 Grad, Michele “Ama Wehali” Rozbitsky has developed a domestic violence program for the Eight Northern Pueblos called ‘Peace Keepers’, worked as a crisis counselor, art therapist and in outpatient mental health services at St. Vincent’s Hospital, and in private practice. In the last six years she has become a Shamanic practitioner and has written…
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Where Do Southwestern Grads Work? Rick Cotroneo, Counseling

1985 Graduate, Rick Cotroneo I started a part-time practice in classical homeopathy. My background in Education made me a candidate to serve as a commissioner on the Accreditation Commission for Homeopathic Education in North America (ACHENA). Just as Southwestern College has grown over the years through the process of accreditation, so now I am working…
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Creative Shoes, Another Journey

My 2013 section of Current Trends in Art Therapy's Journey Shoes! Check out the directional video on Vimeo, which was used in Art Therapy Alliance's Six Degrees of Creativity 2. The students seemed to enjoy the process of recreating the shoes that they brought in to class. Some brought old shoes, uncomfortable shoes, shoes with…
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Creating Characters

 I love gluing things together to create beings. Broken toys, bits of jewelry, feathers, recycling, stones, pistachio shells.. the list of gluable-together items is infinitely long! Crone Calm Observance and her sidekick Slowdown and Protect Snail This is a common directive that I use with clients as well, we use pieces that I have collected,…
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Art-Based Genograms: Ancestors Visible

by Debbie Schroder The idea seems simple, initially. When making a Genogram (kind of a family tree) use an image instead of a square or circle (how Genograms are usually done).  Each week in my Family Art Therapy course, one or two students shared their art-based Genograms. Never doubting our…
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Shadow Boxes

Shadow Boxes created in my section of Current Trends in Art Therapy, Winter 2013. After exploring a population that students have a form of resistance to working with (from lack of information to disinterest, to strong opposition) through a research and reflection paper, they were asked to look at how their resistance is a part…
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Scenes from Supervision

 by Debbie Schroder A few months ago I wrote about the importance of words. Today I’m having trouble finding the right ones to describe my experience in supervision this quarter. Not wanting to add to the old myth that art therapists don’t talk, I’ll try to summon some words to express what I’m very aware…
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Family Art

Materials: Markers, Colored Paper, Scissors, and Glue These days, most presents for family and friends are family creative efforts; Mama and Judah (2 1/2 years old) taking lead. My folks and my brother are all Scorpios, with their birthdays within two weeks of each other. This year we made a collage with spontaneous scribbles, hand…
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Words are Good

by Deb Schroder  On a beautiful October Saturday, eight of us who teach in the Art Therapy Program gathered to share ideas, concerns and breakfast. I feel like I just want to say out loud that we have amazing, passionate teachers here! I’m also going to say something else out loud in order to hold…
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Insights Rise to the Surface

Capstone Project: Artist Statement Suzanne Otter, Fall 2012 Making art as a way to work through complex personal issues was helpful to me during the many years I worked as an organizational development consultant. I continued this “self-art therapy” during my formal study of art therapy and counseling at Southwestern College. The image-making and journaling…
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Self Betrayal II

 by Rush Cole        ...blackness.  Trapped.  Overwhelmed.  No way out.  Tired, so tired.  Sudden energy from the surge of self-hatred that roared through me.         “Get it over with, you don’t deserve to live!”  The blade against my wrist.       The Voice, coming from a part of me I didn’t know existed. “Put down the…
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No Black Crayons

by Deb Schroder As we prepare for the beginning of a new academic year, I take inventory of our art supplies and start compiling lists of what needs to be ordered. From teaching and making art in the large art therapy classroom I became aware this summer, of the scarcity of the color black. Black…
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An Art-Based Ritual

An Art-Based Ritual by Deb Schroder Artwork created by Magdalena Karlick A summer ritual in the art therapy program has begun again. We’ve started our annual “Portfolio Review” process which is a part of the transition for first year students who are ready to begin second year in the fall. Deborah John and I will…
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A Mandala a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

by Eliza Combs Okay, so maybe not once a day, although that would be an awesome practice but at least once a week for 8 weeks or so. I loved getting to come to Seren's Art Therapy Techniques class last quarter and make my 10-minute mandala with watercolors. This was a project I wanted to…
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Group Mandala

Termination Phase ~Group Mandala~ Betsy Sohmer & Camille Grec Presentation Project for Art Therapy Techniques, teacher: Seren Morris Intention: To create a space and activity for the group to experience visual cohesion of the things we’ve learned in class while maintaining perspective of each member’s distinctive contributions. Materials: Two Large pieces of butcher paper Various…
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