Dragonfly Transitions is a nine to twelve month program in Klamath Falls and Ashland, Oregon. It is designed with progressive phases and a variety of living environments based on student interest.
Being a modern young adult involves balancing the demands of school, family, friends, jobs and extracurricular responsibilities. This can be overwhelming for some young people who find they can’t navigate these challenges and still achieve personal success. Many students at Dragonfly Transitions take college-level classes or complete high school—experiences that help them learn self-discipline as…
By Gary Borjesson, PhD Dragonfly students are well aware of the challenges and opportunities that life transitions bring. In the past few years, I’ve made some big transitions in my own life, one being a career change from philosophy professor to a therapist on Dragonfly’s Ashland campus. I recently had the opportunity to bring my…
The therapeutic milieu of Dragonfly is hands on, up close and personal. There are abundant opportunities to create an individualized therapeutic experience for students both inside and outside of a traditional session.
Students participate in individual and group therapy as well as family therapy during conference calls and family workshops. Psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and other services are provided to students as needed by Dr. Chad Brown. Students meet with staff mentors once per week and mentors are available everyday to support the structure of Dragonfly.
Most Dragonfly students have had difficulty developing or consistently executing the skills necessary to live a healthy, balanced, and successful life in college and beyond.
All students are encouraged to complete high school and continue their education at the post-secondary level — even if this is only to experience a few classes and learn what is required in terms of time management, study skills and self-discipline necessary to succeed educationally.
We believe work is a great way for students to develop and explore new skills, learn to live a balanced life, and practice personal responsibility.
Dragonfly provides support for students who wish to work throughout their stay. Staff provide guidance through exploring interests and resume and interview workshops. Dragonfly Transitions provides structured vocational training through its cafe, A Leap of Taste.
Our students are required to join the local gym where they have access to a personal trainer who helps them set and attain reasonable fitness goals. Gym trips take place every morning, Monday through Friday, and occasionally on weekends if there is demand.
At Dragonfly, students take weekend day trips to try new things. On breaks from school, mentors coordinate travel to nearby destinations. These trips can be cultural excursions to places like San Francisco or to natural wonders like the Cascade Mountains.
Students on the Ashland campus have demonstrated readiness and motivation to continue their growth and development with increased independence. Students typically start in Klamath Falls and have the option to transition to Ashland as they progress through the program.
While enjoying a smaller community, students at our young adult transitions program can immerse themselves in the gardening schedule, work on maintenance projects, cook, attend group therapy, and develop relationships with their peers and the Dragonfly team.
Aerie Acre is a non-profit farm and garden project located at The Dragonfly Homestead and made possible by the generosity of The Mychal Rushwald Foundation. We believe in local sustainable agriculture and grow fruits and vegetables using organic methods to improve our own diets and to contribute to the overall health of Klamath County.
In February 2010, Mona and Glenn took ownership of A Leap of Taste to further the mission of Dragonfly. A Leap of Taste is a friendly environment for young adults in Dragonfly Transitions to acquire job skills, learn social responsibility, and build relationships within the Klamath Falls community.
A Leap of Taste employees are a mix of local Klamath Falls residents as well as students from Dragonfly Transitions. Throughout the week, local musicians and sometimes Dragonfly students perform live music. The café also hosts an occasional Open Mic Night.
Dragonfly Transitions offers therapeutic services to facilitate change and healing in all family members who choose to participate. We have seen first-hand the power of family involvement in a student’s therapy. Families more willing to delve into therapy alongside their loved one can nurture more effective and lasting change.
School Prep Day will be a shorter version of the September Prep Day and prepare students for the upcoming college term with a tour of the OIT campus and presentations by staff and students.
Memorial Day Weekend. The Upper Phase Trip is designed to acknowledge upper phase students in their growth in Dragonfly, their personal processes, and offer an opportunity for them to get away from the day-to-day.
Dragonfly Transitions believes that the process of change needs to occur within the entire family system. Our workshops provide an opportunity for face-to-face interaction and for families to gain a greater depth of understanding of their child, Dragonfly, and the therapeutic process. Family Workshop starts on Thursday at 9:00 am and finishes on Friday after dinner….
Journeying to Bend, Oregon and the surrounding area, Dragonfly students will camp, explore lava tube caves, rock climb in world famous Smith Rock State Park, kayak mountain lakes, hike the surrounding forests and see what the city has to offer. All students will participate in this trip, which will be outdoors and led by experienced Dragonfly…
We will be offering a selection of 3-day weekend trips to students. These trips will take place in the northern California or Oregon. Note that this will not interfere with the school schedule if students are taking classes. #1 July 7-10, 2017 #2 July 21-23, 2017 #3 August 4-6, 2017
Ten Dragonfly students will be embarking on a very special journey to Cambodia. Dragonfly invites students who have demonstrated their engagement in the program and that we feel comfortable traveling with internationally. The trip is staffed with a Dragonfly therapist and two experienced mentors. Each year students have returned having had a profound experience. The trip combines…
Students vacation on neutral ground, return home, or if not yet ready will remain at Dragonfly at the Homestead. All students depart from Klamath Fall (LMT) or Medford (MFR) on the morning of August 19th and return before 9 pm on August 28th. Families will work on home contracts and logistics with their Dragonfly therapist.
Each of the respective treatment teams comprised of the therapist, mentors, and the students on their caseload will go on separate trips to different locations, length of trip is about 10 days. These trips will be organized by caseload and therapists will be participating with the students. Therapist staffed trips are a wonderful way for…
Dragonfly hosts a Thanksgiving Dinner at the Dragonfly community center. Students and staff participate in decorating and in preparing side dishes to share. It’s a fun time to share holiday traditions and many prepare their favorite dish from home. We encourage students to remain at Dragonfly over the Thanksgiving weekend, and families are welcome to join…
The annual trip to Portland focuses on service to those in need, as well as highlights the unique cultural activities that Portland has to offer. This trip presents the students with an opportunity to get to know the city, take part in cultural experiences, and broaden their horizons. Many of our students come from cities…
Students vacation on neutral ground, return home, or if not yet ready will remain at Dragonfly at the Homestead. All students depart from the Portland airport (PDX) on the morning of December 17th and return to the Klamath Falls airport (LMT) or Medford (MFR) before 9 pm on December 27th. Families will work on home…