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Solstice East, a residential treatment center for teen girls ages 14-18, utilizes charms and charm necklaces as a way to represent specific strengths that will benefit students throughout their healing journey.
During a student’s time at Solstice East, her healing journey is marked by phases. These phases follow the archetypal Hero’s Journey found in many books, movies and films. As students progress through phases, they learn more and more about themselves and face their innermost fears.
When students enter the Initiation phase, the third phase of the Hero’s Journey, their student mentor or “big sister” will choose a charm that represents a strength they see in the student. Each charm represents a different virtue or principle that students display. During the Charm Ceremony held during group therapy, the big sister passes the charm around the group.
During this ceremony, each student offers a specific example of how they have seen the specific strength or virtue displayed by the student. They might also discuss a way they believe this virtue will serve the student well during their healing journey.
After each student speaks, the Initiation student receives the charm and expresses their commitment to using this specific virtue to strengthen their relationships with others during their journey.
“The Initiation phase is the time in which a student overcomes increasingly difficult challenges, supported by their peers and mentors,” says Jenny Selent, LMFT, Clinical Director at Solstice East. “The first charm ceremony helps them build confidence and commit to their healing journey.”
The next charm ceremony takes place during the Atonement phase, which marks the completion of the Hero’s journey. When a student enters the Atonement phase, the treatment team chooses a charm that is representative of the ways in which a student is seen and experienced by others now that they have achieved personal growth.
The treatment team creates a charm necklace for the student and holds a presentation of the charm to the student. During this ceremony, the charm necklace is passed around the circle where each person gives an example of how they saw the charm’s virtue displayed during the student’s journey at Solstice East and discuss how that virtue has impacted and enhanced their relationship with the student.
“The final charm ceremony celebrates the progress a student has made during their time at Solstice East,” comments Selent. “It gives the treatment team an opportunity to reflect on the student’s strengths and reinforces the relationships students have formed at our program.”
Both charm ceremonies mark important points of a student’s healing journey during their stay at Solstice East. For more information about the Hero’s Journey at Solstice East, please visit our Hero’s Journey page.
About Solstice East
Solstice East, located just outside of Asheville, North Carolina, is a residential treatment center that has helped hundreds of struggling teens on their journey to solving issues like depression, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma and associated symptoms, drug abuse/addiction, and behavioral problems. Solstice East offers specialized, clinically intensive programs based on the specific needs of young women. At Solstice East, young women discover their full potential.