The LifeScripting Facilitator Graduation on Jan. 8 featured nine inmates. At left is CherylAnn Mendonca, FOPS, Virginia Dunstone (center) and Warden Deborah K. Johnson is at right.

The LifeScripting Facilitator Graduation on Jan. 8 featured nine inmates. At left is CherylAnn Mendonca, FOPS, Virginia Dunstone (center) and Warden Deborah K. Johnson is at right.

88 inmates graduate from LifeScripting program

By Lt. Brian Davi, AA/Public Information Officer
Central California Women’s Facility

Virginia Dunstone, a therapist, introduced a program called LifeScripting in early 2014 to the Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF).

LifeScripting, billed as “a therapeutic approach for successful living,” offered a workshop in which participants “are taken on a journey of self-discovery, allowing them to experience deep awareness of the love that exists within their being,” according to organizers.

Using this workshop, Dunstone personally trained nine inmates over the course of eight months to be inmate facilitators for this program and to assist with sharing what they learned with other inmates.

On Jan. 8, 2015, the original nine inmates received their recognition as Certified Trainers and became the first LifeScripting facilitators at CCWF.

Warden Deborah K. Johnson and Associate Warden CherylAnn Mendonca, Female Offenders and Program Services/Specialized housing (FOPS), congratulated each of the nine facilitators for their accomplishments.

The nine inmates at CCWF began an intense workshop and instructed the inmate general population at CCWF. On May 4, 88 inmates were recognized as the first LifeScripting graduates.

Warden Johnson and Chief Deputy Warden Sonja Bodiford attended the graduation to show their appreciation for the facilitators and to congratulate the graduates.

Warden Johnson reiterated her administration’s goal for inmate rehabilitation during the graduation ceremony.

“Regardless of our circumstances, we have to strive to be better,” she said.

The ceremony consisted of a number of inmate speeches who relayed what they learned or took from the program to the group of graduates and the CCWF administration and staff.  Some graduates said they experienced understanding of their life and how they were able to recognize negative patterns in their behaviors and the tools needed to change it. Others spoke about how LifeScripting gave them an understanding or a better sense of who they are.