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Dragonfly Transitions

Young Adult Program/Transitional Independent Living Program

Dragonfly Transitions Program Information

Gender: Coeducational
Ages: 18 - 24
Grades: High School Completion or GED
Estimated Enrollment: 20
Length of Stay:
Program was founded in: 1999
Accreditations: Affiliations:

Dragonfly Transitions Contact Information

919 High Street
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
Phone: (888) 437-2112
Fax: (866) 341-3053
School Contact: Mona Treadway, MSW, CADC I
Alternative Contact: Glenn White
Therapy Provided?: Yes

Program Description:

Founded by Mona Treadway and Glenn White, Dragonfly Transitions is an independent living program for young men and women age 18-24.

Dragonfly Transitions is located in downtown Klamath Falls and serves 18-24 year old men and woman who are struggling to launch in their potential in academics, occupation and relationships. Dragonfly Transitions is designed to address problems that result from:

• Mood and Anxiety disorders

• Adjustment Disorders

• Substance-Abuse

• Trauma

• Problems related to delayed emotional development

Dragonfly TRANSITIONS is home away from home for young adults who are struggling with the transition to healthy, productive independence. TRANSITIONS offers a supportive peer group, strong accountability and calming, manageable surroundings. Our dedicated faculty supports residents in their quest for independent living skills, personal growth and emotional maturation.

Dragonfly Founders’ Vision and Philosophy

Mona Treadway and Glenn White, Dragonfly founders, have over 30 years of combined experience working with adolescents and adults in the outdoors and other therapeutic settings, including those who struggle with depression, substance abuse, emotional or physical abuse, mood disorders, personality disorders, trauma, identity issues, grief, and loss. After witnessing the positive changes participants experienced through the enhanced self-worth, increased communication skills, and fitness achieved through wilderness experiences; Glenn and Mona were determined to bring these life-enriching experiences to a wider circle of people.

In June 2000, Mona and Glenn founded Dragonfly Adventures based on a belief that the outdoors is an effective vehicle for growth, awareness, self-discovery and change. At Dragonfly, we believe the wilderness should be used to enhance people’s lives and relationships, not punish them. We strive to provide an environment of respect, compassion, support and challenge where young people and their families can discover their strengths, develop their talents and move towards a successful future.

While guiding therapeutic adventures, we found that a number of young adults participating in the Dragonfly Adventures program needed a safe, supportive environment in which to continue their personal growth and transition to independence. In June 2002 Dragonfly expanded to include Dragonfly Transitions, a 9-12 month independent living, and personal development experience for young adults. Transitions is for young adults struggling with maturation or motivational challenges, often coupled with substance abuse recovery, providing a fresh start in a small, manageable environment affords them an opportunity to try on new perspectives, attitudes, and behaviors as they mature and move towards healthy independence.

Licensure / Certifications / Professional Affiliations
Dragonfly Adventures is licensed by the Oregon State Office for Services to Children and Families, is bonded and insured, and certified as an Oregon Outfitter/Guide through the Oregon State Marine Board. Dragonfly has been a member of the National Association for Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) since 2005.

Dragonfly TRANSITIONS is home-away-from-home for young adults who are struggling with the transition to healthy, productive independence. Our dedicated faculty support residents in their quest for independent living skills, personal growth and emotional maturation. TRANSITIONS partici-pants learn balance and efficient time management experientially as they juggle schedules filled with individual and group therapy sessions, recovery meetings, academic and/or vocational studies, complimented by a wide variety of outdoor and indoor sports and recreation options.

The program is structured into three progressive phases based on the Stages of Change model. Participants move through the program at their own individual pace, exploring their own unique challenges and issues at every phase. Students collaborate with their mentors and counselors to set and achieve an individualized set of goals. Though no two residents’ progression (or issues) are alike, the following “themes” are the focus at each phase:

Phase I: Acceptance — orients participants to the program, giving participants and staff time to get to know one another. Working with Dragonfly staff, participants examine behaviors and concerns that have brought them to Transitions and develop an individualized treatment plan that addresses their unique goals and issues. For new participants that are re-integrating into the “real” world from a wilderness program, Phase I helps translate the lessons learned in the wilderness into everyday life within a structured and supportive environment. Staff and participants work together to create a healthy structure that meets the student’s needs implemented through a schedule incorporating exercise, nutrition, service/apprenticeship, and emotional growth.

Phase II: Consistency and Effort — participants take on increased responsibility for making changes and demonstrate consistency and readiness to try new things. In this phase, participants attend school, find employment, or complete apprenticeships while continuing the emotional growth work started in Phase I. Participants are encouraged to explore new activities and experiment with new behaviors and lifestyles. Along with other critical life skills, participants focus on learning budgeting and personal finance in preparation for Phase III.

Phase III: Independence and Future Planning — participants have demonstrated that they are reliable, trustworthy and able to be consistent in their everyday efforts and over a period of time. Phase III participants open checking accounts at local banking establishments and take on increased responsibilities for their everyday living expenses. At this stage, participants are expected to also take on increased leadership within their peer group and use the tools and skills learned throughout Phase I & II. Students look to the future and develop a concrete exit strategy to help in the transition into the next phase of their life.

We strongly encourage students to complete all phases of the program as the impact of that alone on the graduate’s self-perception counters the many years they did not follow through on commitments. In addition, each phase focuses on core challenges and “developmental milestones” experienced by most young adults. Though many young people that arrive at Transitions have “quit” on themselves and their commitments in the past (especially when hard work, focus, and emotional conflict were present), most find the discipline and drive to slow down and experience all that comes with the three Transitions phases.

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