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Courageous Compassion at the Crossroads of Conflict

Courageous Compassion at the Crossroads of Conflict is a talk President Ann Filemyr gave to Unity Santa Fe on the morning of Sunday, September 13. It is an invitation to consider what we can bring to the conflicts within and around us at this time of social unrest and global pandemic. She shares an old story…
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Courageous Community Conversation on Decolonial Practices

This is part of a series of conversations hosted by Southwestern College and held via zoom to invite sharing on pressing social topics. This conversation led by Ann Filemyr, Southwestern College President and Director of the Ecotherapy Certificate, on August 16 focused on investigating how we have been shaped by ‘colonial mind’ and how we…
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Ecotherapy, Self Care, and Nature

This conversation between SWC President Ann Filemyr, who also serves as Director of the Ecotherapy Certificate, and alumna MelindaJoy Pattison, explores the benefits of ecotherapy, especially during the pandemic with the higher levels of stress we are all experiencing. Simple ways to access nature, even on a city street or in a backyard, and receive…
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Conversations I Never Had with My Daughter, By Deborah Schroder, Program Chair MA in Art Therapy/Counseling

  I asked her permission to write this. It’s more her story than mine, but she doesn’t have time to write anything, being a mom of three small ones. My daughter stopped in to pick up treats I’d made for my grandson who’s struggling. It seemed like time to check in with her about more…
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Distance Art Therapy in the Time of COVID-19

By Laura Lansrud-Lopez At the beginning of March 2020, New Mexico experienced a statewide and rapid shift to physical distancing and stay-home requirements in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and global health crisis. Even with so much unknown, the leadership team at Tierra Nueva quickly recognized the impact this might have on our clients. The…
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Southwestern Soundbites: Whitney Tressel on Certainty in Uncertain Times

Photo of Whitney Tressel, taken by Adria Malcolm. Welcome to Southwestern Soundbites! In this episode, Courtney Shackelford talks to Whitney Tressel; current Art Therapy and Counseling student, graduate assistant, travel photographer, and all around amazing human. Whitney talks about going to grad school, how the pandemic clarified her path, and the power of getting still.…
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Creativity & Healing and an invite to “SWC Creative Commons” by President Ann Filemyr

Creativity & Healing Social distancing does not have to limit our creativity. Are you dancing in the living room? Playing the ukulele in bed? Singing in the shower? Penning poetry by the window? Perhaps this time apart has offered you an opportunity to express yourself. What are you longing to say in this moment? So…
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Southwestern Soundbites: A Second Master’s Degree and Art Therapy

Hello, and welcome to Southwestern Soundbites. In this episode, Dru Phoenix talks about her experience as someone who already had a Master's degree and later decided to pursue another Master's degree in Art Therapy. She also discusses the power of art and what led to her decision to go in this direction. Tune in for…
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A Therapist in Times of Covid-19 : by alum Allegra Borghese

            As I write this, I am completing my final doctoral externship at a VA medical center in New York. My last day in the office was Friday, March 13th, after discovering three people I had direct contact with tested positive for Covid-19. I moved my caseload to telehealth the following Monday, and since then…
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Southwestern Soundbites: Trauma Theory

Welcome to Southwestern Soundbites– quick audio clips featuring current students, staff, and faculty discussing SWC’s various certificate programs and happenings at Southwestern. This episode features Courtney Shackelford, current student in the Art Therapy and Counseling program and also admissions staff, and Dru Phoenix, alum of the Art Therapy and Counseling program and Director of Enrollment…
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Some Reflections on Providing Therapeutic Services in the Changing Times of COVID19

By Val Valentine Wow, what a difference a month can make!  I went from a full private practice with between 25-30 face to face clients a week, to 15-20 clients per week with every session either on-line or by phone; some clients ready and discharged and some needing to take a break during this time…
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Message from Alum Carie King during the Pandemic

Photo by Carie King, taken on a road trip to Grand Junction, CO.  Carie grew up in Maine with a wildlife biologist / photographer, so her appreciate of Earth’s beauty is life-long. Colorado’s lakes and mountains rival Maine’s. Message from Carie:  I think I’ve been experiencing “stages of grief” … (I’ve definitely gone through…
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An Alum Updates us during the Pandemic

Aloha my Southwestern colleagues!  My name is Tess Yong Kim, and I am a graduate of 11/10/2018.  I began my clinical practice on 2/6/2019 as an LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor).  I’ve been working throughout this COVID-19 pandemic. I Just ended my weekly, “Substance Abuse Group Therapy,” with 8 clients through the Zoom video at…
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Message of Reassurance to SWC Students during COVID-19 from President Ann Filemyr

A Message of Reassurance   Dear Students, Today I was deeply moved to read the responses to the student survey distributed by our Student Success Team under the leadership of Emilah DeToro, Director of Student & Career Services. I was touched by a student who wrote that they would like a “message of reassurance from…
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Holding the Heart

By Deborah Schroder An individual Zoom meeting with a student inspired me to think about this, and I so appreciate that. The student was wondering how faculty members were working to keep the heart of Southwestern present as we implement these new ways of teaching and “seeing” clients. Prior to my first class this quarter,…
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Soundwestern Soundbites: Applied Interpersonal Neurobiology and Psychodrama with Ben Miller

Photograph by Whitney Tressel at whitneytressel.com. Welcome to another episode of Southwestern Soundbites– quick audio clips featuring current students, staff, and faculty discussing SWC’s various programs and happenings. In this episode, Courtney Shackelford speaks with current Art Therapy and Counseling student, Ben Miller, on his journey to Southwestern, his art, and his experience in Southwestern's…
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Southwestern College and the Temple of Chavin: Educational Centers for the Transformation of Consciousness

By Laura Addiss, current counseling student at Southwestern College, and Juan Rivas Palacios, medicine guide and wisdom keeper of Chavin Laura: As future counselors it is essential that we go into our own shadows, to observe and understand our emotions, thoughts, and fears. We must find the courage to look at our unresolved trauma and…
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Certificates on Certificates on Degrees: Three Reasons to Add a Certificate Program to Your Education

By Courtney Shackelford As someone who works full time and attends grad school I have enough on my plate. So why would I add any additional certificates to that workload? I have three reasons: The information is critical to my future clients. In grad school, you will develop a strong foundation for practicing…
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Southwestern Soundbites: AAR Holistic Models and Biological Aspects of Addiction and Recovery

Welcome to another episode of Southwestern Soundbites– quick audio clips featuring current students, staff, and faculty discussing SWC’s various certificate programs. In this episode, Courtney Shackelford (Admissions Associate and current student) talks to her friend and peer, Amanda LaMendola. Amanda is both a student in the Art Therapy/Counseling program and the Addictions, Abuse, and Recovery…
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