All Kinds of News for April 05, 2017
For the upcoming Independent Educational Consultants Association 2017 Spring Conference in Denver, CO, Dragonfly Transitions will be facilitating a presentation on TRANSitioning: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Serving Transgender Young Adults. This will be co-presented by Clinical Director Jennifer Patzke, MA, LPC, Academic Director Phillip Squibb, MSW, LCSW, Outreach and Systems Director Sara Arredondo, MS and Mentor Michael DePew of Dragonfly Transitions.
This presentation will explore how to serve and best integrate transgender issues in a program environment by creating a forum to discuss best practices for serving transgender young adults. From a multidisciplinary approach that includes admissions, clinical, academic, vocational and programmatic processes, the presenters will offer insight into putting the student in the front and center of their own work, letting them guide the treatment within a residential therapeutic setting.
Providing a unique and client-centered perspective, the presentation will bring the voice of current transgendered students to participate through videotaped interviews. In addition, the presentation will explore perspectives in communication, working together as a team, inviting transgender students into their own treatment, and how to work in collaboration with transgender students in their process.
Over the past several years, Dragonfly Transitions has witnessed an increase in the percentage of students who identify as transgender and gender fluid. This also seems to be a wider pattern occurring across the field of young adult therapeutic treatment. Recognizing that these students are also often working with several primary treatment issues, this presentation will explore how to best serve transgender young adults throughout therapeutic treatment.
About Dragonfly TransitionsDragonfly Transitions serves young adults 18 -30 in three locations in Southern Oregon – Klamath Falls, Ashland, and the Homestead (for men, just south of Klamath). Students learn life skills and work to transition into a healthy young adult life with independence, autonomy, integrity and sustainability. Dragonfly provides opportunities for real world experience in a stable, supportive environment where students can flourish.