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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 One?” Sometimes doing…
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Adjusting to Southwestern College and New Mexico by Mackenzie 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…
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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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Finding a Therapist

How to Find a Good Therapist Here are suggestions from the Academic Council of Southwestern College on how to find a good therapist: Seek referrals from people you trust – ask your friends, social network, fellow students and colleagues who they have found to be helpful. Just because a therapist is great for…
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SWC Student Writes about Art Therapy for “Psychology Tomorrow”

The Mirror and Portal of Art by Allegra E. Borghese I have been studying art therapy formally for a little over a year. Really though, it has been much longer. While my initial creative interest was fashion design, it lost its luster when a series of events cast me into a dark…
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