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Posts Tagged Art and Healing

The Call of the Times and the Rise of Art Therapy

Featured Artwork: Mandala Buddha, acrylic on paper, 36"x24", 2012, Tejal Murray   Over the last few blogs, I’ve been exploring Stephen Cope’s The Great Work of Your Life in a general way with examples from my own life. Today, I’m going to dive more deeply into the teachings by profiling one of Southwestern College’s…
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A letter to potential SWC students

Hello! My name is Beth Lykins, and I am a current student at SWC. I am starting my final quarter of my first year in the Art Therapy and Counseling program, and I wanted to share a student’s perspective of life at SWC. I am attending part-time, so I generally take two courses per term.…
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The Unlistening Ear

We are asked to look within ourselves in our first few classes here at SWC. This process varies from person to person, but for me, it has been an incredible opportunity to work on some issues I had thought were already worked through. It only goes to prove the cyclical nature of self exploration and…
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Embracing the Frightened Child

On Monday evenings there is an informal gathering of writers in the art studio building on the campus of SWC. Facilitated by Ann Filemyr, this group in dedicated to self exploration and expression through writing. The rules are simple: keep your hand moving, suspend judgment, and it is OK to write bad stuff. The exercises…
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Transformation Through the Light of the Lens

I have had the honor of watching the power of art therapy first hand, in my personal life recently. I asked my husband if he would mind if I shared this story, and he told me to go ahead, so I would like to share it with you. It is a true testament of how…
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Home is where the HeART (Therapy) Is

By descending down into the depths of the soul, and not primarily by a painful acquisition of many manual skills, the artist attains the power of awakening other souls.~Ralph Waldo Emerson“Art therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork…
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Come Undone

Come enjoy Laura's Art Show at the Wild Heart Gallery at Southwestern College. It will be up until the beginning of June, with a closing reception on Saturday 5/30 at 5:30! by Laura Schoff I feel with such a passion that art has the capacity to heal in many different ways. It has been my…
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I Like Big (Art Therapy/Counseling) Books and I Cannot Lie

Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.                                                                ~Henry David Thoreau, WaldenOh, yes, yes I do… like big books, art therapy and counseling tomes (including books about expressive arts therapies and indigenous and ancient healing traditions) and I cannot lie. One of the best things about the…
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Capstone: The Beginning of a new Journey, and an ending.

  This weekend a group of Art Therapy students, soon to be interns, gathered for the Capstone Process. Debbie and I facilitated this weekend, focused on transition, group dynamics, an art offering and goodbyes. These students are moving from having multiple classes and seeing clients at the Southwestern Counseling Center, to entering into the full-time…
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Mandalas and Thoughts at Week 8

by Debbie Schroder Program Chair for Art Therapy/Counseling Program  It doesn’t really surprise me that as we approach the eighth week of the quarter, I’m finally able to spend a little time putting together an image that contains mandalas created by incoming art therapy students, during orientation. The quarter has been full – of teaching…
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Reclaim!

For those of us who create visual art, whether its for self or for others, it's known that pieces get stuck. Sometimes I will return to a painting or a drawing years later and finish it. Sometimes though, I can't move any further with a piece, and it needs to leave my space, to make…
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Outdoor Art Show

  When you come on to campus tomorrow, you will see that art has popped up here and there. There are heads coming out of the ground near the student lounge. There is a nest, made out of skis and tubing behind the main building. And a chair, with feet, waiting to see you. Enjoy the…
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REBOOT YOUR BODY, MIND, AND SPIRIT WITH COLLAGE!

by Karen Stefano Ed.M., M.A., L.P.C., NCC Karenstefano@icloud.com, www.tissuepapercollage.net How can you unwind your body and mind, listen to the inner stirrings of your spirit, and supercharge your creativity? It’s easy. Tissue Paper Collage! Mythologist Joseph Campbell said, “The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” The truth is that our…
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ONE LOVE

by Jessica Callaway, LPAT, LPCC, ATR-BC   I didn't know what to expect when I decided to go to Haiti. I realized when I was on the plane that I was partly, or mostly, going for selfish reasons. I was excited to practice art therapy and teach yoga in an environment I had…
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