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Posted August 7th, 2019 by & filed under Counseling at SWC, Where do SWC Grads Work, Featured.
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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…
Posted July 18th, 2019 by & filed under Top News.
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.
Posted July 10th, 2019 by & filed under Counseling at SWC, Student & Alumni Stories, People of SWC, Consciousness & Mindfulness, Top News.
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…
Posted July 9th, 2019 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, People of SWC, Top News.
By Courtney Kayser
When I found out I was accepted to Southwestern College, I was ecstatic! I was also terrified. My whole life had been on the East Coast, and the idea of leaving my roots was scary. Here is my advice for a successful and stress-free (or should I say minimal stress) relocation:
Posted July 8th, 2019 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Student & Alumni Stories.
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…
Posted July 5th, 2019 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Counseling at SWC, Student & Alumni Stories.
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…
Posted July 1st, 2019 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Counseling at SWC, People of SWC, SWC Blog, Featured.
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…
Posted June 27th, 2019 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, People of SWC, Wild Heart Gallery, Creativity & More, Featured.
by Dru Phoenix, MA, LMHC
The upcoming Wild Heart Gallery art show at Southwestern College is titled “Anger and the Feminine Self.” The idea was to invite the feminine into a visual and written dialogue on anger and to give permission for anger to be present since many of us have been raised to avoid…
Posted June 25th, 2019 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Student & Alumni Stories, People of SWC, Featured.
By Deb Schroder
I’ve come to really value small moments of joy. My life isn’t lacking happiness but on many days it gets crowded out by stress. One night after work as I dragged myself through the grocery store I found myself staring at the usual row of healthy cereals that do seem to be…
Posted June 21st, 2019 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Student & Alumni Stories, Top News, Featured.
By Courtney Shackelford
The brain is special and magnificent, strange and mysterious. It is powerful enough to send messages to assist in regulating our bodies, but is also a vulnerable 3 pound organ encased in bone and liquid to keep it safe from the various hazards of the world. A millennium later, humans still do…
Posted June 21st, 2019 by & filed under Counseling at SWC, Reflections from the President, Student & Alumni Stories, People of SWC, Consciousness & Mindfulness, Featured.
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…
Posted June 17th, 2019 by & filed under Counseling at SWC, Student & Alumni Stories, People of SWC, Featured.
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…
Posted June 14th, 2019 by & filed under Counseling at SWC, Student & Alumni Stories, People of SWC, Top News, Featured.
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.)…
Posted June 12th, 2019 by & filed under Counseling at SWC, Student & Alumni Stories, Consciousness & Mindfulness, Featured.
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.…
Posted July 4th, 2018 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Counseling at SWC, Featured.
Communicating Creatively: Art, Music, and Alternative Addiction Treatment Therapies
--by Michelle Peterson
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…
Posted April 23rd, 2018 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Student & Alumni Stories, Where do SWC Grads Work.
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…
Posted March 27th, 2018 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, Wild Heart Gallery, Creativity & More.
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,
I am blind,
Posted February 8th, 2018 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, Wild Heart Gallery, Creativity & More.
Within the Hallowed Bones
at this unearthly hour.
So, I rise,
on this desert morn’.
This unearthly warm,
A cup of chamomile tea and honey.
I sit by the fire.
As the silvery blue light of the moon dozes on the window sill.
Posted January 18th, 2018 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Student & Alumni Stories, Consciousness & Mindfulness, Featured.
“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…
Posted October 26th, 2017 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, SWC Blog, Featured.
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…
Posted April 22nd, 2017 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Counseling at SWC, Reflections from the President, People of SWC, SWC Blog, Featured.
Voices in America chose Southwestern College/New Earth Institute as a unique, unsung, yet storied institution, to feature in television slots between full PBS broadcast shows.…
Posted April 3rd, 2017 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, People of SWC, Ecotherapy.
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…
Posted February 20th, 2017 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Counseling at SWC, Student & Alumni Stories.
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,…
Posted February 11th, 2017 by & filed under Counseling at SWC, Student & Alumni Stories, Where do SWC Grads Work, Featured.
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…