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: Jackie Currie, MA, LPCI, NCC When I was a wilderness therapy field guide, I worked with a young adult who struggled every day in finding purpose and connecting with his family. I watched this student go into a Brainspotting session with his therapist and was amazed at what I witnessed. Every day thereafter of his…
By: Anne Purkerson, MA A group of Dragonfly young adults recently had the opportunity to participate in a solo experience near Mt. Shasta. Solos are individual in nature. Students decide to go on the journey for various reasons, but the overall purpose is for individuals to sit with themselves alone in nature. They confront the discomfort that may arise while reflecting on…
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.
Spring Break conjures images of partying teenagers and twenty somethings on beaches and boats with drink in hand. While spring break is a welcome reprieve from school and the responsibilities that come along with it, and a much looked forward to time of year for most college students, for some it leads to poor decision…
This trip is designed for students who want to spend more time outdoors camping and surrounded by peers who are equally invested the process of the trip. This trip will take place from Saturday morning to Monday afternoon, giving the groups a couple of days to explore some of the local Oregon scenery. The trip…
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….
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…