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, 2019 by & filed under Reflections from the President, Consciousness & Mindfulness, Featured.
The initial impulse to create a unique higher learning institution devoted to consciousness began in 1976 in Alamogordo, NM. Then in the fall of 1979 the first 12 students began their course of study.
In the first entering class was Katherine Ninos, M.A., LPCC, who now teaches and mentors other teachers in the Consciousness curriculum.…
Posted January 15th, 2017 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories.
White privilege is entrenched in our society, and not where it might be expected. Many people who consider themselves "not racist" act in ways that are still oppressive. Racism and oppression are as much "ways of being" as "words" that are said. I was surprised that I have a history of being an…
Posted October 21st, 2016 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, Consciousness & Mindfulness.
The writing group at SWC is a place where students, faculty, and staff can come together and share in a communal free-writing experience each Thursday at noon. Patterned after Natalie Goldberg's exercises, we start with a prompt of some sort and write for a few minutes, then, if we want, we share what we wrote.…
Posted October 3rd, 2016 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories.
So what's cool to do and see around here?
If you are like me, you are new to New Mexico and the Santa Fe area. Part of what drew me to come to SWC was the location. The moment I stepped into New Mexico for the first time I knew my soul was coming home!…
Posted August 5th, 2016 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories.
Living in New Mexico has always been a dream of mine, and when I had the chance to move here to come to SWC, I jumped at the opportunity! It wasn't long before I was itching to explore my new world, and when I did, I was truly awestruck by the beauty within minutes from…
Posted April 13th, 2016 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Where do SWC Grads Work, People of SWC, Consciousness & Mindfulness.
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 graduates.
Posted April 1st, 2016 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, Wild Heart Gallery, Creativity & More, Consciousness & Mindfulness.
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.…
Posted March 30th, 2016 by & filed under Consciousness & Mindfulness, SWC Blog.
In my last blog, I talked about the intersection of dharma (our sacred duty in this lifetime) and flourishing at midlife.
The issue that typically arises from someone exploring dharma at midlife is fear. Fear that they’ll have to throw away most everything they’ve created and worked for in order to follow their dharma. Sometimes,…
Posted October 10th, 2014 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, Consciousness & Mindfulness.
Exploring my own mortality by making choices regarding a living will and green/natural burial options, heightens my ability to live more fully right now. …
Posted September 25th, 2014 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Counseling at SWC.
The Masters Degree in Counseling you were looking for......…
Posted July 13th, 2014 by & filed under Professional Training Certificates & NEI, Student & Alumni Stories, Ecotherapy.
Sylvan Schneider goes on a Vision Quest at Southwestern College, and shares his experience....…
Posted May 1st, 2014 by & filed under Where do SWC Grads Work.
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 February 22nd, 2014 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Counseling at SWC, Consciousness & Mindfulness.
Vice President Katherine Ninos shares her understanding of the essence of Quimby/Southwestern College...…
Posted January 23rd, 2014 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Wild Heart Gallery, Creativity & More, SWC Blog.
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 December 2nd, 2013 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Wild Heart Gallery, Creativity & More, SWC Blog.
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 June 20th, 2013 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Counseling at SWC, Wild Heart Gallery, Creativity & More.
by Debbie Schroder
As it got close to 6:00 on Monday evening I could feel my eagerness to begin painting. Every Monday evening the in-state art therapy interns and I engaged in amazing relationships with our canvases. We painted for an hour, then shared our work and talked for the rest of…