Who are the Participants?
Young women and women ages 12 and up who are seeking a safe, therapeutic environment to gain self-mastery, deep feelings of self-worth, overcome negative behaviors and/or addictions, and connect with their loving Heavenly Father are welcome to participate in the Daughters of Light Program. Youth and adult groups meet separately. Additional groups are specialized for specific needs in overcoming target behaviors and addictions. Each group consists of 8-10 women who meet once a week for 1.5-2 hours in a safe, therapeutic environment.
What is Expected from Participants?
The outgrowth of actively participating in group and abiding by the agreed upon standards will change participants’ lives.
Here’s what’s expected:
- Confidentiality and Safety for all. Written confidentiality is promised and maintained by all who attend. This is encouraged through weekly pledging to one another their commitment to group rules and emotional safety. Any blatant disregards to the confidentiality or safety of the group will result in immediate dismissal from group and all Daughters of Light Programs.
- Active participation. Commitment and follow through with activities
- Consistent attendance. All participants, and their parents if minors, understand that if an absence is not excused 24 hours in advance they are charged for group. After three unexcused absences, participant must meet with guiding clinician to resolve concerns before rejoining group.
- Financial responsibility. Each participant, and their parents if minors, are responsible to ensure regular payment personally or through their ecclesiastical leader. If there are challenges in payment please contact the office immediately to work out a payment plan.
If you have any questions about the expectations, please feel free to contact our office.
What Happens During Group?
During group time women are mentored by the therapist and uplifted by one another.
Group begins with reviewing the confidentiality rules and recommitting to keeping the group a safe environment. After which, each individual does a feelings check-in, reports her weekly PoWeR (PWR) points, and progress towards her WoMaN (WMN) goals.
The feelings check-in encourages mindfulness and teaches self-awareness.
PWR (PoWeR) stands for:
P = Praying a minimum of five minutes (each prayer) twice a day
W = Writing a letter to God or a future spouse (journaling)
R = Reading or listening to a modern day prophet for a minimum of five minutes.
The PoWeR focus strengthens resolve and is a vehicle for personal revelation. The group is rewarded with a prize (lotion, bubble bath, lip gloss, etc.) when they average completing PWR six days a week, three times. Participants earn two bonus points for doing a perfect PWR. If a Daughter of Light cannot attend group, she is still expected to report her PWR points for the week. All unexcused absences and unreported PWR points are recorded as zero.
The three WMN (WoMaN) goals are set during the initial intake into group. WMN represent 3 separate goals, the first goal or “W” is to complete PWR regularly. The “M” goal is a goal that can be shared with the group, and the “N” goal may remain confidential between therapist and participant if desired. Attendees are held accountable to their WMN goals in group through the return and report system: sharing honestly with one another their successes and lost battles.
The WMN goals define behaviors to overcome and conquer and are the main focus and purpose of the Daughters of Light Program: to achieve self-mastery over negative behaviors. Daily, consistent, and consecutive progress towards the WMN goals are expected to achieve not only graduation from the program, but more importantly lasting results in life. As a woman learns not only how to persist toward these goals, she will gain strength, trust in God, and fulfilling self-worth as she sees herself achieve power over bad habits and addictions.
Full self-disclosure of private goals is not necessary for a participant to progress and overcome private issues that are addressed in individual therapy sessions.
During the last part of group, the therapist reviews or teaches a new skill that will assist each participant in overcoming her challenges and strengthen her resolve and ability to achieve her WMN goals.