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Exploring Mammoth Lakes

Tuesday, 2. October 2018

Primary Therapist, Casey Sims works with young adult students at our Ashland campus.  Here is her reflection highlighting the caseload trip to Mammoth Lakes, California.  By: Casey Sims, MSW, CSWA As many of you know, Dragonfly Transitions is situated in an area with endless access to the great outdoors. Due to the extreme wildfires that occurred…

Adventure to Yellowstone National Park

Tuesday, 25. September 2018

Every September, Dragonfly young adult students prepare to embark on an adventure of a lifetime! Each of the respective treatment teams comprised of the therapist, mentors, and the students on their caseload go on separate trips to different locations.  This year, three groups set out for Olympic, Yosemite & Yellowstone National Park! Therapist staffed trips…

Summer Adventures at Dragonfly

Wednesday, 22. August 2018

Summer offers a wonderful opportunity for Dragonfly students to take a break from the school year with outdoor adventure-based trips. For many young adults who experience anxiety and depression, or who struggle to find new passions and direction in life, these outdoor trips invite them to explore new edges, deepen friendships, and develop self-confidence. This…

What in the World is Brainspotting?

Thursday, 28. June 2018

It’s widely agreed that unresolved trauma affects our nervous systems and contributes to depression, anxiety, PTSD, and many of the other challenges that lead young people to seek treatment in programs such as Dragonfly Transitions. Therapeutic techniques such as Brainspotting (a brain science based technique developed in the mid-1990s) and EMDR (short for “Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing”)…

Social Thinking and Supporting Individualized Development

Thursday, 31. May 2018

Misplacing homework, showing up late to appointments, forgetting instructions, and lack of follow through are all behaviors familiar to parents and educators who have worked with young adults who struggle with executive functioning. This familiar pattern can be frustrating and exhausting for everyone involved, especially the young adult. Despite creative organization tactics, empathy, or ultimatums,…

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