Thursday, September 2, 2004
Steamboat Springs Cate Potyen has spent the past 20 years trying to help her clients improve their lives.
This fall, the licensed psychotherapist is bringing lessons learned from her practice to a Colorado Mountain College classroom, where she hopes three new noncredit courses will help her students improve their lives.
The courses, listed under the title "The Mind of a Woman," are just three of a variety of new courses the school is offering to degree-seeking and community students.
Potyen's courses focus on women and the cultural conditions that can affect their emotional, creative and financial decisions and actions.
Each course meets once a week for a month. Interested students can sign up for individual courses or all three.
The first is titled "Women and Desire" and begins Monday.
"Women really are acculturated to look at other people to tell them who to be," Potyen said. "This course is about how that happens and how women can be more clear in who they want to be and how to do it."
The second course, "Women and Creativity," begins in October and focuses on freeing women from self-created restrictions on their creativity. Women often are more fearful, self-critical and less confident than men when it comes to creativity, Potyen said.
The third course, "Women and Money," begins in November and explores how women traditionally have been robbed of financial responsibility and power. Potyen said the course can help women build a more positive and productive relationship with money.
Potyen, who has previous teaching experience, said she's excited to address topics that consistently have arisen during her years as a psychotherapist. She emphasizes that the course isn't gender exclusive.
"I think it's a really great opportunity for women to start looking at these things and answer questions of themselves," Potyen said. "It's really exciting. This is very dear to my heart."
Other new courses offered at CMC this fall include a civic leadership class geared toward educating students and community members about the functions and roles of local government and how to actively participate.
The semester-long course is taught by Diane Mitsch-Bush and includes almost weekly appearances by local government and agency leaders.
The course is offered as a three-credit class and as a non-credit class.
"Not only is it for degree-seeking students, but it's really for the community," said Lance Eldridge, assistant campus dean for instruction. "This course is set up as a great introduction to how local government works."
Eldridge said he hopes the course will spark young residents to take a more active role in civic participation. The course meets Wednesday evenings, and though it began two weeks ago, Eldridge said interested students won't have any problem enrolling for the course and catching up with any work or lessons.
For information on "The Mind of a Woman" series, the civic leadership class and any other courses offered at CMC, call 870-4444, consult a course catalog or go online at www.coloradomtn.edu/campus_alp.
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