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Part 1 of 3 in a Series about Ownership Language

Part 1: What is Ownership LanguageIn many of my classes our teachers have been training us to use “I statements” during discussions. For example, it applies when you fall into the habit of using we, or you, when you actually mean “I” in a statement, as I just did in this sentence. See what I did…
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Summer Beach Reading from the “Sea of Whiteness” by Deborah Schroder

Summer Beach Reading from the “Sea of Whiteness”I remember seeing lists of books in magazines that were deemed appropriate for “summer beach reading”, the assumption being that we all deserved a break from heavier reading material during the summer. I like that idea, in theory. But the truth is that I read what I read…
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Who’s Who at Southwestern College – Deborah Schroder

 I’m the chairperson of the Art Therapy/Counseling program. I moved to Santa Fe to teach at Southwestern College in 2002 and continue to be delighted by the insightful art therapy provided by our students, during Practicum and Internship. It’s been an honor to witness our students as they blossom into therapists. And actually, I also…
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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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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Lisa Ramirez

Lisa Ramirez ,  M.A., LCDC Women’s Behavioral Health Coordinator, DSHSI graduated from the Art Therapy/Counseling program at Southwestern College in 2005.   My career thus far has been primarily focused on advocating for  women and their families affected by substance use disorders.  My interest in working with women can be traced to early childhood experiences with gender inequality…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Bettina Milliken

Growing up in Switzerland, I developed a passion for  Circus Arts and Clowns. When I moved to NYC I was introduced to the Big Apple Circus and became a board member for 11 years, when we moved to Santa Fe. I clowned around with the professional Clown Care Unit of the Big Apple Circus and…
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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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The Odyssey of Therapy

The newest crop of counselors and art therapists from Southwestern College had its commencement on November 7, 2015 at the James A. Little Theater at the New Mexico School for the Deaf in Santa Fe. It was a beautiful ceremony unlike any other I have attended, and being a former college professor myself, I have seen…
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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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Self-Care and HedgeHUGS

I’ve always been the type to give my time, energy and love to just about everything except for myself. I eat junk food, I can’t keep a sleep schedule to save my life, and I only exercise on accident. I was able to get by doing the bare minimum for myself and not thinking too…
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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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Reduce Shame, Enhance Love: Reflections on Self-Love and the Journey to Find It

It was during my second week at Southwestern College, the second meeting of Tuesday’s Psychology of Altruism class, that Ann Filemyr presented us with this lesson: “reduce shame, enhance love.” We talked about feelings of shame and the aching, overwhelming presence it can have in our daily lives. Shame that can continually haunt us whether…
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The Hogwarts of Santa Fe

This morning I was chatting with one of my lovely classmates about our first two weeks at Southwestern College. She said something that instantly resonated with me- “I feel like we’re at Hogwarts!”Thinking more about this humorous comparison to Harry Potter, I began to see more and more striking parallels. We are summoned here by some…
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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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