Black Butterflies

Sister2SisterSister 2 Sister Presents Black Butterflies CEA's Community Wellness Initiative is a holistic therapeutic program to support the wellness of children, adults and families in comfortable and natural community settings. The goal of this culturally specific initiative is to foster an environment of empowerment for youth and their families to determine and advocate for their needs, improve their health and pursue their aspirations. In an effort to provide more comprehensive services CEA's Community Wellness Initiative is designed first and foremost as a community-based collaborative system that includes health care providers, community and faith based organizations, schools, and other community leadership. It also incorporates a family-centered partnership-- trusting, collaborative, working partnership with families,..-->

Art Therapy for Girls: Building Self Esteem

Community Empowerment Association, Inc. (CEA) has developed The Black Butterfly Model, which is a developmental gender and culturally specific empowerment and healing support system for girls (aged 6-18) entering and going through adolescence.

We noticed that the females in our programs and society were challenged with:

  • Role-reversal issues at home
  • Verbal and physical abuse at home, in school and other social interactions
  • Lack of an environment to express themselves
  • Negative identity issues, etc.

However, we also noticed the strengths they possessed and how they were manifested in things that the girls liked to do:

  • - Dance
  • - Sing
  • - Draw

So we decided to develop a therapeutic program using their interests to help them awaken to their beauty and strengths, equip them with skills to address challenges and thus help them develop a positive and strong sense of self!

Black Butterflies: Take Flight & Soar.

A 14 week therapeutic art program designed to build the self esteem of adolescent girls who have experienced and continue to experience psychic trauma resulting from physical, emotional, and verbal abuse

Girls in our program are encouraged to illustrate their thoughts, feelings, and dreams through a myriad of artistic methods. More specifically, through the introduction, facilitation and implementation of self esteem building techniques and mechanisms, our goal has been to imbue these young women aged 6-18 years with healthy self images created through a love for themselves and growing admiration and respect for others

This model aims to counter the social and interpersonal forces that impede girls' growth and development by promoting an emotionally safe setting and structure in which girls can develop caring relationships and discover their life meaning

Black Butterflies integrated Relational Theory, resiliency practices, and skills training in a specifically structured format and is designed to increase positive connections, personal and collective strengths, and competence in girls

Through art therapy, youth in the program:

  • Perform self evaluations to identify strengths & weaknesses
  • Identify and explore history of negative images they might attach to themselves
  • Explore environmental pressures (e.g. School, home, community, society) that might affect self esteem and how to develop coping skills
  • Explore family dynamics and their role in the family
  • Celebrate cultural roots and spirituality
  • Explore dreams for the future, possible, barriers, and barrier resolution
  • Explore relationships and boundaries
  • Celebrate their lives in spite of the spaces that they might be in
  • Learn how to turn challenges into opportunities for growth

In order to reverse the impact of negative images and stereotypical beliefs and help build positive emotional and mental health of the young participants, the Black Butterflies intervention system is designed to achieve following major goals:

  • Enhanced self-esteem (e.g., general feelings of self worth or self value);
  • Clarified self-concept (e.g., positive beliefs about one's self, sense of stability, and security)
  • Improved self-confidence (e.g., belief in one's personal worth, sense of competence, and openness to challenges)
  • Intuitive self-efficacy (e.g., coping and conflict resolution skills, introspective assessment abilities, and interpersonal aptitude)
  • Clarified self-concept (e.g., positive beliefs about one's self, sense of stability, and security)
  • Improved self-confidence (e.g., belief in one's personal worth, sense of stability, and security)
  • Higher adaptability skill (e.g., cultural pride, sense of belongingness, ethical and moral values, and principles of integrity, and enlarged social network support.)
  • Increased protective factors (e.g., cultural pride, sense of belongingness, ethical and moral values, and principles of integrity, and enlarged social network support.)

For more information about CEA's Black Butterfly model, please contact us at(412)-371-3689

Last modified on Friday, 06 December 2013 21:00