Southwestern College: Santa Fe, New Mexico

About Southwestern College

Southwestern College is an accredited, private, not-for-profit, consciousness-centered graduate school located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. SWC’s early roots can be traced to 1945, when it was called the Quimby Memorial Library. At that time, it was established by a group of individuals who began a collection of spiritual and metaphysical books by the Father of New Thought, Parkhurst Quimby.

By 1976, Southwestern College, then referred to as Quimby College, was ready for dedication. It was at that point the founders, Dr. Neva Del Hunter and Dr. Robert Waterman, set forth SVU as an innovative and holistic school. While the library is still central, it now houses over 18,500 books, journals and audiovisual items.

Since its first classes in 1979, Southwestern College continues to teach in a holistic way. Students are challenged to acquire skills and knowledge through a rigorous, applied course of study. Look for Masters Degrees in Counseling and Art Therapy / Counseling that prepare students to seek licensure. In addition, students who want to develop professionally may find a variety of certificate programs.

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Mission, Vision and Values

The mission of Southwestern College is “Transforming Consciousness Through Education ” which is fostered in several ways. One is to create a professional environment for those who strive to learn clinical skills. Another is an intentional exploration of the spiritual dimension and ethical development of their students.

Enrollment, Attendance, Graduation

Based on Fall 2015 data, the total graduate enrollment was 168 studentsi

  • 38% attended part-time, and 63% full-timei
  • 100% enrolled in campus graduate programs i
  • For the 2015-2016 period, 60+ masters degrees and 10+ graduate certificates were awardedi

Financial Aid

Federal financial aid may be available for eligible students.i In addition, there may be several scholarship opportunities for qualified new students who enter Southwestern’s M.A. in Counseling and M.A. Art/Therapy Counseling programs.

Admission Requirements

Students can apply to Southwestern College through an online form. All Master of Arts students must have a bachelors degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or better. In addition, they must submit the materials listed below, along with the application and fee.

  • Official Transcripts
  • Resume
  • Personal statement and goals
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Program specific prerequisite coursework

Start Dates

Southwestern College admits M.A. students in the fall, winter, and spring quarters. Their rolling admission process means you might apply anytime.

Faculty

Based on Fall 2015 data, there was a total of 4 full-time and 34 part-time faculty at SWC.i.

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Why Consider the Southwestern College?

Southwestern College is not attached to a specific clinical or theoretical modality, so students are exposed to numerous perspectives. As a result, they are encouraged to articulate their own model. Plus, small classrooms may provide personal attention and mentorships to help develop one’s own identity as a professional counselor.

Location, Location!

One of the reasons students might choose Southwestern College is for the natural beauty and vibrant culture of Santa Fe. The oldest and highest capital in the United States, the city of Santa Fe was founded in 1602 by Spanish colonists. Its markets, mountains, hot springs, and festivals make a lively backdrop to an education steeped in transformation, healing and spirituality. Here you might find time to visit local ashrams, Tibetan Stupas, or just commune with nature.

Transformation and Study

With a school mindset that favors transformation, students can take advantage of the school library and its collection of rare books on comparative religion and metaphysics.

On Site Practicum

The Tierra Nueva Counseling Center serves many Northern New Mexico individuals and families per year. As the SWC center, students go through the TNCC for their supervised practicum. This may provide access to a diverse client base. This practical experience is required for holistic mental health counselors and may help students ‘get their feet wet’ in several domains: Counseling, Art Therapy, Sand play therapy, Trauma & grief renewal, Applied interpersonal neurobiology, Tranformational eco-psychology, and Substance abuse and addictions.

Program Model: Holistic and Integrative

Southwestern College masters programs provide clinical training from a holistic and integrative perspective. Classes offer dynamic discussion and the application of skills and knowledge. Then, for at least one year of their program, students complete a practicum and internship. Practicum occurs at the Southwestern Counseling Center; internships can be accomplished in or out of state in the last two quarters of the program.

Student Support Services

There are several student support services in place at Southwestern College. One of these is “program advisement” which is set up to help students meet their educational goals. The other is “professional advisement” which may help students decide which certificate to pursue or the type of internship that might meet their career goals. Students may learn about prospective careers through a monthly posting by the school president.

Services and Programs for Service Members and Veterans

Some qualified servicemembers and veterans may receive assistance through the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.i

Southwestern College Accreditation

Southwestern College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and approved by the American Art Therapy Association (AATA).

Southwestern College Academics and Degree Programs

Southwestern College offers two masters programs, the Master of Art in Art Therapy/Counseling and the Master of Arts in Counseling. One of the unique features of SVU programs is that all masters students are required to fulfill a personal therapy requirement. This consists of 40 face-to-face hours with a mental health professional licensed in New Mexico. The experience of being a client may help counseling students to grasp the nature of the therapeutic relationship. It could foster personal growth, emotional balance and therapeutic skills as well.

Take a Class to Earn CEC’s and/or a Certificate

SWC Certificate programs may be taken for board approved CECs by counselors, social workers and art therapists, as well as for personal enrichment by the public. Offered through their New Earth Institute, much of the coursework in the certificate programs is offered in weekend seminars/trainings. Students may earn 20 CECs or 2 graduate credits. Some of the program emphases are as follows.

  • Applied Interpersonal Neurobiology
  • Children’s Mental Health
  • Human Sexuality
  • Infant Mental Health
  • Transformational Eco-Psychology
  • Trauma, Grief and Renewal

The certificate programs are open to people with an undergraduate or graduate degree. Many current M.A. degree students take coursework from the certificate programs to tailor their studies to a specific interest.

Program Highlights: Master of Art in Art Therapy/Counseling

Do you want to merge your artistic talents with the therapeutic process? Southwestern College offers a Master of Arts in Art Therapy/Counseling that may prepare you to sit for licensure in both Art Therapy and Counseling in New Mexico and other states. While it stresses the use of the visual arts as a therapeutic modality, other techniques may be explored. These might include the use of drama, movement, music therapy and sandplay.

Length of Program

The MA in Art Therapy/Counseling is available in two formats. One is a full-time two to two-and-a-half-year program, the other is a part-time option. Part-time programs may allow busy adult learners to complete their degree in three to three and a half years.

Course of Study

Students are required to complete 91 quarter units. This is equal to approximated 60 semester units. Some of these credits are allotted to capstone projects, rather than a thesis. As you might imagine, aside from courses in counseling theory and human development, several art therapy-focused classes are taught. Some of these are highlighted below.

  • Art Therapy Techniques: Studio Art
  • Theory and Practice of Family Art Therapy/Counseling
  • History of Art Therapy
  • Theories of Art Therapy
  • Psychology of Consciousness

Practicum and Internship

Aside from their coursework, students complete a practicum at the Tierra Nueva Counseling Center with faculty guidance and supervision. Internships may take place in any state.

Practicum students at TNCC see 2-3 clients per week (individuals, couples, and groups) for 20 weeks. The first 10 weeks students focus on individuals and the second 10 weeks focus on couples, families and group work. If students choose to continue part of their internship at the counseling center, they can work with 2-5 clients per week during the 6-month internship experience.

Admission Requirements

Students who apply to the MA in Art Therapy/Counseling program must have completed a minimum of 12 semester credits (18 quarter units) of undergraduate psychology coursework. This includes the courses listed below, with a grade of “C” or better in each course.

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology and
  • Two psychology electives of the applicant’s choice, for example, personality theory, psychology of adjustment or social psychology

Future students must also have completed a minimum of 18 semester credits (22.5 quarter units) in undergraduate studio art coursework as follows.

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Ceramics
  • 3-D or sculpture
  • Two studio art electives of the applicant’s choice

Program Highlights: Master of Arts in Counseling

Are you drawn to a holistic approach to psychotherapy? Southwestern College offers a Master of Arts in Counseling (Clinical Mental Health Counseling) that blends evidence-based practices in psychotherapy with exposure to alternative and indigenous healing points of view. Through it, students may be prepared to sit for licensure in New Mexico and most other states.

Length of Program

The MA in Counseling is available in two formats. One is a full-time, two to two-and-a-half-year program. The other is part-time and may be completed in three to three and a half years.

Course of Study

Students are required to complete 91 quarter units. This is equal to approximately 60 semester units. Aside from theory courses in counseling and human development, students take several courses that stay true to the mission of SWC. A sample of these topics are listed below.

  • Psychology of Altruism
  • Psychology of Consciousness
  • Archetypal Psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Multicultural Perspectives

Practicum and Internship

In addition to coursework, students complete both practicum and internship experiences. This provides hands-on supervised practice with diverse groups and concerns.

Admission Requirements

Students who apply to the MA in Counseling program must have completed a minimum of 12 semester credits (18 quarter units) of undergraduate psychology coursework. This includes the courses listed below, with a grade of “C” or better in each course.

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology and
  • Two psychology electives of the applicant’s choice, for example, personality theory, psychology of adjustment or social psychology

Choose a Program at Southwestern College

Are you ready to learn by ‘being, doing, and exploring your own truth’? Read about Southwestern College’s great masters programs as you scroll the paid programs below. Easily compare them to find the one that aligns with your purpose. Then, use the on-page form to submit your request for more information. Take that next step right away!

 

School Headquarters: Southwestern College, 3960 San Felipe Road Santa Fe, NM 87507

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