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Posts Tagged Transformational Education

A glimpse: Teacher as Student Part 1

    I am a third of the way through my second residency at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee Switzerland. This intermodal education challenges students to learn through our bodies, minds and hearts. Students and teachers from all over the world (Hong Kong, Canada, Costa Rica, Switzerland, Mexico, Germany, Mexico, United…
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Getting to know Kate Latimer – Program Chair for MA in Counseling

By Kate Latimer, MA, LPCC, Program Chair of the MA in Counseling (Clinical Mental Health) Program photo of Seren Morris, Joanna Conte and Kate Latimer at their SWC graduation I first heard about Southwestern College in 2002 while living in Morocco and teaching at a small international school located in the town of Ifrane in…
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When “assessment” is in the title for a retreat

This past Friday, June 29, the SWC leadership, including the members of the Academic Council, the Chief Finance Officer and the Director of Enrollment Services (me!) gathered together for our annual, “Assessment and Strategic Planning Retreat,” at Sunrise Springs. The setting was lovely, but the idea of sitting in a room for 7-8 hours talking…
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Self Care, a Symphony in Four Parts: Part Four

By Awbrey Michelle Willett   Ann Filmyer, Ph. D is an educator, poet, teacher, and mentor.  A traditional healer she trained with the late Keewaydinoquay Paschal in the Midewiwin tradition of the northern Great Lakes and is an Ojibwe herbal medicine woman.  Dr. Filemyr has a rich history as a teacher and was Professor of…
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Self Care, a Symphony in Four Parts: Part Three

By Awbrey Michelle Willett   For Jason Holley, MA, LPCC self-care is the beginning of all good therapy.  Jason is a psychotherapist in private practice in Santa Fe, prior to this he worked for the Life Healing Center of Santa Fe, where he helped to found its internationally-recognized sexual addiction treatment program.  Jason has a…
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Self Care, a Symphony in Four Parts: Part Two

By Awbrey Michelle Willett Katherine Ninos, MA, LPCC, is Executive Vice President of Southwestern College and Director of the New Earth Institute. She received her BA in Psychology from Alfred University, New York, and her MA in Transformational Counseling and Education from Quimby College in its first graduating class. (Quimby College later became Southwestern College.)…
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Unpacking My White Privilege

TLDR: 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…
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Wild Heart Gallery Featured Artist : Jessica Morris

Honoring the Spectrum of Self  On May 20, 2016 the Wild Heart Gallery hosted the opening night of Honoring the Spectrum of Self, an exhibition where Southwestern College staff, faculty, and students were invited to investigate the sacred pieces that have shaped them as an individual or within the collective. The show featured a variety of works installed within…
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Wild Heart Gallery Featured Artist Chelsea Call

Honoring the Spectrum of Self  On May 20, 2016 the Wild Heart Gallery hosted the opening night of Honoring the Spectrum of Self, an exhibition where Southwestern College staff, faculty, and students were invited to investigate the sacred pieces that have shaped them as an individual or within the collective. The show featured a variety of works installed within…
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Wild Heart Gallery Featured Artist Beth Lykins

Honoring the Spectrum of Self  On May 20, 2016 the Wild Heart Gallery hosted the opening night of Honoring the Spectrum of Self, an exhibition where Southwestern College staff, faculty, and students were invited to investigate the sacred pieces that have shaped them as an individual or within the collective. The show featured a variety of works installed within…
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Part 2 of 3 in a Series About Ownership Language

Part 1, if you missed it... Part 2: Practical Examples of Ownership Language    I look around and see so many things that say "Stop doing THIS!" or "Don't do/think/act THIS way!" or even "Fight THIS!" With so much negative bombardment, is it any wonder I feel so overwhelmed and defeated much of the time, especially…
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Ponderings on Life Purpose

Life purpose and vocation; I sometimes wonder how they are related.  Sometimes I hear life purpose described simply and clearly, like this quote from notetoselfphilosophy.com:  Note to Self: “What is my purpose in life?” I asked the void. “What if I told you that you fulfilled it when you took an extra hour to talk…
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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 graduates. …
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Flourishing in your Dharma at Midlife

I'd been exploring the intersection of Stephen Cope's book The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling, and Martin E. P. Seligman's book Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being in relation to a blog series when this photo quote by Brené Brown came across my Facebook feed. I think she hit…
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Embracing Intuition at Midlife: The Key to Living Your Dharma (Part 1 of 3)

Part 1 - Living Your Dharma As spirituality goes mainstream, there is much talk about “living your dharma”. But what does that really mean? René Guénon, in Introduction to the Study of Hindu Doctrines defines dharma as “the essential nature of a being, comprising the sum of its particular qualities or characteristics, and determining, by virtue…
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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. 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 personal growth.…
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