Posts Tagged Art and Healing
Posted October 24th, 2015 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, Consciousness & Mindfulness.
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…
Posted October 14th, 2015 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Student & Alumni Stories, Mindfulness.
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…
Posted May 6th, 2015 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Student & Alumni Stories, SWC Blog.
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,…
Posted April 28th, 2015 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, Consciousness & Mindfulness, SWC Blog.
“Interesting how you are only using a black sharpie marker in your art today,” says my art therapist, as she gently points out my visible tension with perfectionistic, black and white thinking….…
Posted April 23rd, 2015 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Wild Heart Gallery, Creativity & More.
Come Undone by Laura Schoff
I feel with such a passion that art has the capacity to heal in many different ways. It has been my support, my processing, my guide, my inner world displayed. Without this art, I may have not have completed my first classes at Southwestern. A year and a half(ish) ago,…
Posted April 6th, 2015 by & filed under Top News, So you want to become a therapist? Tips and Advice for Prospective Students.
Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations. ~Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Oh, 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…
Posted March 5th, 2015 by & filed under Creative Writing from Southwestern College, Art Therapy at SWC, Wild Heart Gallery, Creativity & More.
Influenced by archetypes and art therapy, Sprout explores the interplay between the unconscious and conscious parts of the psyche. …
Posted November 15th, 2014 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, SWC Blog.
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…
Posted July 31st, 2014 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Wild Heart Gallery, Creativity & More, Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC.
by Debbie Schroder
The gardens on campus are lush and the temperature is hot – it must be Portfolio Review time!
Every year we ask our art therapy students who are moving into 2nd year, to bring in at least three pieces of art created during first year. By looking at their art and hearing…
Posted July 3rd, 2014 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Wild Heart Gallery, Creativity & More.
In April, 2014 a call was made: "Archetypally speaking, who is showing up for you lately? What mentors, thieves, medicine folk, or tricksters are asking you to speak their name, embody their abilities, and artfully express the connections you have? Please, answer the call, create the art, embody the voice that wants to be heard…
Posted May 29th, 2014 by & filed under Wild Heart Gallery, Creativity & More, SWC Blog.
A photographic journey of the passing clouds in New Mexico and Colorado.…
Posted May 13th, 2014 by & filed under Wild Heart Gallery, Creativity & More, SWC Blog.
by Karen Stefano Ed.M., M.A., L.P.C., NCC
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 culture is motivated,…
Posted May 1st, 2014 by & filed under SWC Blog, Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work?, Alumni News and Updates, Mindfulness.
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 never experienced,…
Posted April 25th, 2014 by & filed under Top News, SWC Blog, Featured.
An exploration of the stories, memories and personal significance behind the jewelry we wear. …
Posted April 15th, 2014 by & filed under Top News, SWC Blog, Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Featured.
I am a big fan of reusing materials into new forms. Broken bits glued together to make guardians; Torn fabric to make new yarn or a rug; Old shoes into a Journey; Or large boxes into castles. After reading, Endangered Threads: Socially Committed Community Art Action, by Janis Timm Bottos (2011), I knew that there…
Posted April 14th, 2014 by & filed under Top News, SWC Blog, Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Featured.
I'll start with an ending. One Art Therapy Techniques class in 2014 ended with each member of the group creating an altar of the art that was made during the quarter. We made Mandalas every class, as well as masks, body tracings, finger painting, inner guides and characters, and containers. In that class, I made…
Posted February 5th, 2014 by & filed under Creative Writing from Southwestern College, Wild Heart Gallery, Creativity & More, SWC Blog.
An art therapy experience of honing in on our soul's needs. …
Posted January 30th, 2014 by & filed under Top News, SWC Blog, Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Featured.
by Debbie Schroder
I can’t seem to stop smiling. I’m smiling because of my morning – I went to the Roundhouse, the New Mexico State Capitol Building, to watch Art Therapy intern Todd Nichols speak in the Rotunda. A number of senators and state officials also spoke, but they didn’t bring art! Todd…
Posted January 23rd, 2014 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Wild Heart Gallery, Creativity & More.
What is a Container?
There are so many types of containers, a person, place, or thing that holds. Many images come to mind: a milk carton, hands, shoes, a home, a room, a box, a nest, my heart, a chair, a mouth, a closet… Many sensations come to body: warmth, safety, fear, constriction, flee,…
Posted January 16th, 2014 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, Consciousness & Mindfulness, SWC Blog, Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC.
by Christine Miller
The initial quarter of classes I took at Southwestern College was both exciting and intimidating. It was through one of my first and most memorable classes that I learned the value of intention. Without a concrete intent to work on something, I would get lost in other thoughts and distractions or procrastinate…
Posted January 9th, 2014 by & filed under SWC Blog, Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Mindfulness.
by Debbie Schroder
I have a song stuck in my head. I think it’s staying stuck because we’ve entered a new year and part of the lyrics are “How am I gonna be an optimist about this?” The song is called “Pompeii”, by Bastille.
This quirky song’s melody sounds pretty upbeat but the lyrics really appeal…
Posted December 28th, 2013 by & filed under Wild Heart Gallery, Creativity & More, Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC.
by Debbie Schroder (2013)
The Wild Heart Gallery in the art therapy building is simply exploding with color! The show, entitled “The Hands That Guide” was hung this week and is a delightful mix of art created by faculty and staff at Southwestern College.
I’m always aware,…
Posted December 2nd, 2013 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, SWC Blog, Alumni News and Updates.
As an Art Therapist, I know that the art process is an important container. As a supervisor, I like to weave in art making and sand tray work in supervision, to articulate client and agency issues and express the multi-dimensional experience that a new therapist has.
Katelyn did her practicum and internship at a jail,…
Posted July 15th, 2013 by & filed under Top News, SWC Blog, Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Featured.
by Debbie Schroder
The front door was already open and as I opened the sliding glass door to my patio, a fierce gust of wind blew through my house, lifting an antique plate and a figurine right off of the shelf they were on. They crashed to the floor in jagged pieces as I quickly…