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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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Aim is Everything

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, that…
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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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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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Art Therapy Supervision

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, working…
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How to Choose a Graduate School in Counseling or Art Therapy

I have come to realize that a lot of prospective students looking at master’s degrees in counseling or art therapy really just don’t get it. This graduate school journey is only very partially about “getting a master’s degree in counseling or art therapy.” It is really about: 1. Realizing your dreams (No kidding.) 2. Recognizing…
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Integrative Mental Health: Holistic Psychology at Southwestern College, Santa Fe

Integrative Mental Health: The Road to the Cutting Edge                 The recent history of Psychology, while interesting in so many respects, is also marred by the fragmentation that is so ubiquitous and endemic in the American university system. What do I mean by “fragmentation?” Well, consider that in some universities, the field of Psychology alone is broken…
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Ecopsychology Alchemy

Jim just posted a piece on photography and I cannot resist sharing photos that he took while in a Transformational Ecopsychology class taught by Carol Parker. I call the series the “Phoenix series” for obvious reasons. Jim was one of the attendees and laid on the ground and took pictures of Carol and students through…
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Southwestern College Keeps Soul in the Curriculum…

Holistic Education Requires Soul in the Curriculum, say SWC Leaders...   Today, eight leaders of Southwestern College (Me, Robert Waterman, Katherine Ninos, Webb Garrison, Deborah John, Jason Holley, Laura Lansrud-Lopez, and Gabrielle Viethen), met for over two hours, discussing the role of  "Soul" and  "Consciousness" at Southwestern College, among a great many other things... We discussed how…
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