Dr. Nolan has been the president of Southwestern College since June of 2006. He earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from The Ohio State University in 1989 after pursuing graduate studies in English and Irish Literature. Indeed, in addition to humanistic psychology luminaries such as Carl Rogers and Carl Jung, Dr. Nolan’s early views on psychology were influenced heavily by the likes of Shakespeare, James Joyce, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Herman Hesse, Jack Kerouac, and Taoist and Vedic literature. Unfettered by the narrow constraints of so-called “scientific evidence”, these visionaries could ask the great questions of the Spirit, and could receive Truth in whatever form it appeared, scientific or mystical.
During Dr. Nolan’s tenure at Southwestern College, the school built an Art Therapy Building, added several professional certificate programs, was granted a ten year re-accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, and has enrolled its largest class ever. In addition, he completed Phase 1 of “The History of Quimby/Southwestern College”, which is captured in the college’s Heartlink newsletters. His vision is to grow the College and its influence in the world, while keeping it consciously aligned with its historical lineage, its more recent roots, and its unique mission.
Under his leadership, the College recently built a new counseling center, and it is looking into additional degree programs. In addition to his many years in administration, Dr. Nolan has a long professional history in teaching, clinical work and supervision. One of his passions is to work within a Consciousness-based paradigm, while also staying in close touch with current developments in the professions of Counseling and Art Therapy, so that the career and employment needs of students are paramount in all decisions made at Southwestern College. Jim currently has a private Therapy, Life Coaching, and Clinical Supervision practice in Santa Fe, and he is considering doing distance work with Skype, telephone, and email.
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