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Job Outlook for Licensed Counselors

by Kate Latimer, LPCC Before investing in the 2-3 years of academic coursework needed to complete a graduate degree, students need to know what their job prospects will be upon completion.  After the devastating effects of the 2008 financial crisis that left many degree-holders unemployed, colleges have seen a national trend of lower enrollment in…
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Facing My Privilege of Congruency

By Deborah Schroder, MA in Art Therapy/Counseling Program Chair  I’ve always enjoyed sharing Virginia Satir’s way of working, with my students in my family art therapy course. This spring at the International Family Therapy Congress, I was faced with a belief I’ve held about congruency that was clearly formed by my own white privilege. In…
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Getting to know Kate Latimer – Program Chair for MA in Counseling

By Kate Latimer, MA, LPCC, Program Chair of the MA in Counseling (Clinical Mental Health) Program photo of Seren Morris, Joanna Conte and Kate Latimer at their SWC graduation I first heard about Southwestern College in 2002 while living in Morocco and teaching at a small international school located in the town of Ifrane in…
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On These Shoulders, I Stand

By Maqueita Eleazer  While taking the History of Art Therapy course, I was surprised to see that 7/301 pages mentioned the contributions that art therapists of color have made to the field of Art Therapy. Pioneers such as Cliff Joseph, Wayne Ramirez, Lucille Venture, Georgette Seabrook, etc. have made tremendous contributions to this profession, and…
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Santa Fe Pride 2019

By Laura Lansrud-Lopez This past Saturday on June 29th, fifty years after the historic riots at Stonewall Inn, a dedicated and enthusiastic group of students, friends, family, and staff of Southwestern College gathered with a meaningful intention: to announce to the Santa Fe community that Tierra Nueva Counseling Center is here, we care, and we…
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When “assessment” is in the title for a retreat

This past Friday, June 29, the SWC leadership, including the members of the Academic Council, the Chief Finance Officer and the Director of Enrollment Services (me!) gathered together for our annual, “Assessment and Strategic Planning Retreat,” at Sunrise Springs. The setting was lovely, but the idea of sitting in a room for 7-8 hours talking…
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Self Care, a Symphony in Four Parts: Part Four

By Awbrey Michelle Willett   Ann Filmyer, Ph. D is an educator, poet, teacher, and mentor.  A traditional healer she trained with the late Keewaydinoquay Paschal in the Midewiwin tradition of the northern Great Lakes and is an Ojibwe herbal medicine woman.  Dr. Filemyr has a rich history as a teacher and was Professor of…
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Self Care, a Symphony in Four Parts: Part Three

By Awbrey Michelle Willett   For Jason Holley, MA, LPCC self-care is the beginning of all good therapy.  Jason is a psychotherapist in private practice in Santa Fe, prior to this he worked for the Life Healing Center of Santa Fe, where he helped to found its internationally-recognized sexual addiction treatment program.  Jason has a…
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Self Care, a Symphony in Four Parts: Part Two

By Awbrey Michelle Willett Katherine Ninos, MA, LPCC, is Executive Vice President of Southwestern College and Director of the New Earth Institute. She received her BA in Psychology from Alfred University, New York, and her MA in Transformational Counseling and Education from Quimby College in its first graduating class. (Quimby College later became Southwestern College.)…
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Self Care, a Symphony in Four Parts: Part One

By Awbrey Michelle Willett I set out using each of my classes here at Southwestern to grow as a person, and to study self-care, and the various occupational hazards of caring, in order to understand how counselors and those of service, including myself, can sustain our work and live optimally well, balanced, and joyful lives.…
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Communicating Creatively: Art, Music, and Alternative Addiction Treatment Therapies

Communicating Creatively: Art, Music, and Alternative Addiction Treatment Therapies --by Michelle Peterson   recoverypride.org Millions of people who suffer the ravages of drug and alcohol addiction benefit from traditional, 12-step treatment therapies. Nevertheless, there are some recovering addicts for whom such methods are not effective, and who need the help of alternative approaches that a decade…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Caitlin Harper

I have been honored to serve the Nambé Pueblo community since October 2013. The reasons for my arrival to the little reservation nestled in a corner of the Sangre de Cristo mountains and hidden behind the winding backroads between Pojoaque and Chimayo, continue to be veiled in a mystery that deepens each day. I began…
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Inipi by Mark C. Speight

Inipi   Into the Inipi,               the pulsing womb,               the comfort of darkness,               the heat of intention,               the heartbeat of drums taught with flesh,               the suffocating smoke of the sacred,                              the ashes,                              the silence,                              the humanity.   I crawl.   I am blind,              …
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Is My Therapist “The One?” by Jane McConnell

“Consciousness is a fundamental thing, the fundamental thing in existence — it is the energy, the motion, the movement of consciousness that creates the universe and all that is in it – not only the macrocosm but the microcosm is nothing but conscious- ness arranging itself.” - Sri Aurobindo Is My Therapist “The…
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Adjusting to Southwestern College and New Mexico by Jane McConnell

Adjusting to Southwestern College and New Mexico It’s challenging to express what my experience adjusting to Southwestern College and Santa Fe has been like. Finding ways to describe how magical, fulfilling, and painful it has been almost seems impossible. I arrived in  Santa Fe from Oregon in August and I had almost two months…
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Ecopsychology of the Night: An Interview With Jason Holley, by Rene Tricou

A simple question. What is astrology? I would say astrology is a way to live in connection with natural cycles of time. It is also the correlation, “as above, so below.” We are a part of a connected universe and it’s cycles. For thousands of years, people have been making correlations to the happenings…
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From the Charm City to the Land of Enchantment! Discovering the Gift In Being the Only African American In My Graduate School Classes

It’s been approximately 60 days since I packed up Lotus, my 2003 Honda Pilot, with all of my belongings that I could fit into it so I could relocate to Santa Fe to pursue my MA degree in Art Therapy & Counseling at SWC! Yes, I left the “Charm City” (Baltimore, MD), leaving my beloved,…
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Being a Counselor Activist – SWC Alumna Kate Latimer

Being a Counselor Activist I was outraged from an early age.  They say if you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention, so I guess I was paying attention.  In 8th grade I protested my Spanish teacher who insisted that even the Mexican and Guatemalan kids in our class speak Spanish with a Castilian lisp, asserting…
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