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Posted March 17th, 2022 by & filed under People of SWC, Top News, Featured.
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adrienne maree brown, in Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds
“Developing your capacity for adaptation can mean assessing your default reactions to change, and whether those reactions create space for opportunity, possibility, and continuing to move towards your vision… I believe that regardless of what happens, there is an opportunity to move with intention—towards growth,…
Posted February 22nd, 2022 by & filed under Professional Training Certificates & NEI, Top News, Featured.
Looking out my window here in Minnesota, I see a lovely blanket of shimmering snow covering the ground. Here and there, the dried brittle skeleton of a plant pushes through. It certainly has its own beauty, but it is harsh. The kind of beauty that will give you frostbite. The glitter of ice coating a…
Posted February 17th, 2022 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, People of SWC, Top News, Featured.
I’ve been with Southwestern College for almost 20 years. As I get ready to move on to a new position in northern New Mexico, I’m aware of what an honor it’s been to teach and care for art therapy in this place. My heart has been touched by so many students over the years.
Posted December 2nd, 2021 by & filed under Professional Training Certificates & NEI, Reflections from the President, Top News, Featured.
Calling All visionaries!
By Ann Filemyr, PhD. President and Founder/Director of the
in PhD Visionary Practice & Regenerative Leadership
The new transdisciplinary PhD in Visionary Practice & Regenerative Leadership at Southwestern College in Santa Fe features a unique approach. This low residency doctoral degree is designed to support adult learners who seek to…
Posted November 17th, 2021 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Student & Alumni Stories, Top News, Featured.
Trans- (prefix): From Latin. (1) On the other side of : across : through : beyond
(2) so or such as to change or transfer
Southwestern College offers a curriculum that initiates transformational learning. Meaning, through the process of education one will emerge differently than they arrived. The mantra of the institution is “transforming…
Posted October 21st, 2021 by & filed under Counseling at SWC, Student & Alumni Stories, Consciousness & Mindfulness, Top News, Featured.
When I applied for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Southwestern, I knew I was seeking an alternative form of higher education. If the second half of the college’s name, “New Earth Institute,” didn’t give it away already, the school’s style of educating certainly does. “Transformational Learning”, a term used frequently by Southwestern, is…
Posted August 27th, 2021 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Featured.
Old Artwork, New Meanings
The packing up/moving stuff process has taken me a long time. As we try to get the old place ready to sell, I continue to find things tucked away that I had forgotten all about.
A recent find was a painting I did in class while teaching at Mt. Mary.…
Posted April 21st, 2021 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, People of SWC, Counseling at SWC, Top News.
As I reflect on the recent guilty x3 verdict of Dereck Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd, I hope Mr. Floyd’s family feel some relief with the jury’s decision, but I know from experience working with survivors of violent crime that the outcome of a trial does not erase loss or stop the…
Posted April 16th, 2021 by & filed under Counseling at SWC, People of SWC, Top News, Featured.
I recently read a New York Times article titled, Bad News Bias, (published Wednesday, March 24, 2021) citing a recent study showing that press coverage of COVID-19 was overwhelmingly negative in the US, compared to other countries. The article’s author, David Leonhardt wrote, “When Covid cases were rising in the U.S., the news coverage…
Posted March 29th, 2021 by & filed under People of SWC, Featured.
By Deborah Schroder
At Southwestern we believe that therapists should be grounded by their own connection to their spirituality. And we hold a wide view of what those spiritual practices and beliefs might be. Walking in nature, meditating, singing, being part of a faith community, so many varieties are represented in our diverse community.
Posted March 25th, 2021 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Student & Alumni Stories, Featured.
Finding My Inner Strength, March 2121
Inner strength is this magical power we all have yet often forget it’s there. When you tap into it you can achieve great things. When I think of times in the past when I had to be strong, I envision instinctual animalistic power. I don’t think about what I…
Posted March 9th, 2021 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, Where do SWC Grads Work, Counseling at SWC, Top News, Featured.
Dark Night © by Ross W. B. Putnam
Dark soul in the night
Not sleeping again
I rattle through the hallways of
Where I’ve been,
What I knew
What I used to do, …
Posted February 16th, 2021 by & filed under Ecotherapy, Top News, Featured.
Ceremony is inside of us
Sprinkled with stardust from galaxies that made us
Ceremony is inside of us
Walking in harmony with the mother’s beat
Hand within its wisdom’s dirt
Ceremony is inside of us
A sun dance of sunlight drumming tapestry
Ceremony is inside of us
Exchanging breath blessing with vision…
Posted February 11th, 2021 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, People of SWC, Featured.
This quarter I’m teaching two sections of one of my favorite courses – Family Art Therapy. As we’ve been exploring many aspects of intergenerational trauma and historical intergenerational trauma, it’s occurred to me that this pandemic we’re in will be reflected in genograms. How will that look, what will therapists see?
So many families’…
Posted February 8th, 2021 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, Ecotherapy, Consciousness & Mindfulness, Top News, Featured.
After W.S. Merwin
I see that I will be lying
in a patch of shriveled Juniper berries
all skin and seed
their life has fled like dead stars
their juice glimmers elsewhere
their juice glimmers in me
as I remember, piney and sweet
desert pearls embedded…
Posted February 8th, 2021 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Student & Alumni Stories, Consciousness & Mindfulness, Top News, Featured.
I see the road ahead,
to be long, and
The mountains I see,
and obstacles well-placed ahead of me.
from the weight of all I carry.
I feel my spirit,
ignited once more,
rising above the…
Posted February 8th, 2021 by & filed under Counseling at SWC, Student & Alumni Stories, People of SWC, Top News, Featured.
An Allegiance to Gratitude for Southwestern: Inspired by the Onondaga Thanksgiving Address
Today we are gathered to celebrate our graduation from Southwestern college. We look upon the virtual faces around us and we see that the cycle of life continues. We have been given the duty to live in balance and harmony with each other…
Posted September 22nd, 2020 by & filed under Reflections from the President, People of SWC, Consciousness & Mindfulness, Featured.
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…
Posted September 10th, 2020 by & filed under Reflections from the President, Consciousness & Mindfulness, Top News, Featured.
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…
Posted August 20th, 2020 by & filed under Reflections from the President, Student & Alumni Stories, Featured.
This conversation between SWC President Ann Filemyr, Ph.D., 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…
Posted August 17th, 2020 by & filed under People of SWC, Featured.
By Deborah Schroder
So Scruff and I have become pretty close during the pandemic. He doesn’t share his face on social media but he let me use a stand-in so you could see where he lives. He lives around and under the pretty little bridge in the back of campus. I walk out that way…
Posted June 8th, 2020 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, People of SWC, Featured.
During the pandemic and time of social unrest, similarly to many of us, reflections have been occupying most of my time. I have been ruminating on my role as a therapist and the path that led me here. My journey is nothing unique; however, during this time of transition I feel inclined to put my…
Posted June 1st, 2020 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, People of SWC, Consciousness & Mindfulness, Top News, Featured.
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…
Posted May 26th, 2020 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Featured.
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…