We have an amazing team of volunteers both in Oklahoma and Colorado. We went from over 70 inmates in OK down to 34 last Friday. Four STAR Volunteers – Susan, Melva, Konrad, and Patty – were in the Oklahoma Women’s Prison (Mabel Bassett) last Friday and led four amazing circles of Acknowledgement Throne Exercises. The numbers have dropped, with the ones who couldn’t really connect to this work gone, and with the others in smaller groups of 8-10 mothers, it was in the zone.
In all our programs we teach 8 modules:
- Levels-of-Listening & Powerful Questions
- Intuition and Acknowledgement
- Personal Values
- Saboteurs or Inner Critic
- Perspectives, Balance Wheel
- Action and Accountability
- Who’s Driving Your Bus of Life, Take Your Power Back
In the Acknowledgement Throne portion of the second module, we talk about how acknowledgement (talking about who they are, who they want to be, as they are accomplishing something positive, vs. compliments, which talks about what they accomplished, or just general positive comments or what they did) have each person sit in a chair in the front of the room, and each person, some more than once, acknowledges them. The person on the Acknowledgement Throne can only take it in, perhaps saying thank you. The other participants use their intuition and say from their heart, “You are _______”, examples, you are courageous, you are tenacious, you are loyal, you are powerful, you are humble…
We’re introducing a new all day Saturday Train-the-Trainer workshop scheduled for Nov. 23rd, from 2:00 to 8:00 pm, this will accommodate Mabel Bassett’s visiting hours of 9:00 to 2:00 pm. We have 11 ladies who have been through our program and in various different Train-the-Trainer workshops over the past three years; they will be co-leading our new program on the main yard (general population). We’re excited about this program as it’s in partnership with the Friends for Folks dog program, which is a new program for Mabel Bassett but it has been active at the men’s prison in Lexington, OK for the last 28 years. It’s time the women got exposed to this amazing program and we are proud to be their partners!
I’ll be sharing more about the successes of the Friends for Folks program over the coming weeks – stay tuned!
Our Denver Women’s Prison program has been on a roller coaster from 15 ladies to only 2, two weeks ago (that was two female inmates and me). With such a small group, I had the opportunity to hear the tragic story of one of them, Juanita, through teenage drugs, the death of one of her twins, the death of another child, and about the other twin and a 2-year old daughter. I took her through the Perspectives Wheel on the topic of “living thru November” – the month her twin died, with the current perspective that she couldn’t control herself in this month, it just takes over and she acts out. She moved from hopeless and uncontrollable to the perspective of hope and new life, the perspective thru the eyes of her 2-year old daughter.
This week it was very noticeable how engaged and how effective at coaching in triads Juanita was, she was smiling, happy, and she is becoming a real competent coach in the triads. She will celebrate Thanksgiving this month for the first time in 10 years.
We will run this program every Tuesday evening thru December 17th.