Dragonfly Transitions supports young adults on a journey of personal exploration, health, and independence. Growth and change happen through connection, community, and experience. Dragonfly is designed with progressive phases, college and vocational options, recreation, therapeutic support, and a variety of living environments located in southern Oregon.
By: Alyssa Pimentel A group of Dragonfly young adults and staff recently packed up their gear and traveled to Jackson Campground in Jacksonville, OR over the Memorial Day weekend. The group arrived late Friday afternoon, set up camp, and explored the Applegate River. Saturday was dedicated to team building and creating connection within the group….
Co-founder of Dragonfly Transitions, Glenn White, recently traveled to Utah to connect with a handful of Wilderness Therapy programs. It’s always great to meet with colleagues and witness first-hand the incredible work happening in wilderness treatment. An estimated 75% of Dragonfly students start their journey with a wilderness program. It’s useful for Dragonfly to remain…
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.
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 in the morning on Thursday at 9:00 am and finishes on…
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. All students depart from the Portland airport (PDX) on the morning of December 21st and return to the Medford (MFR) before 9 pm on December 27th. Families will work on home contracts and logistics with their Dragonfly therapist.
Snowboard/Ski Trip (Optional) The New Year can be a difficult time for our students when they miss home, their friends, and some of the unhealthy activities from the past. It is important to the Dragonfly team that we offer a safe and fun experience over the New Year holiday. This is a unique chance for us…