All Kinds of News for April 11, 2018
Dr. Mona Treadway, co-founder of the young adult program Dragonfly Transitions, was recently featured in a guest interview with Allen Cardoza on Answers for the Family. In this engaging discussion, Mona shares the findings of her academic research on “What Young Adults Identify as Key Factors that Support Growth and Change in Transition.” Noting that an overwhelming number of young adults experience anxiety and depression, the interview begins with a foundation of understanding that if left untreated, these young adults are at an increased risk for loneliness, academic struggles, substance abuse, continued anxiety and depression, and other mental health or developmental challenges (Pottick, et al., 2008). Fortunately, there are options to help young adults who struggle with these challenges and are seeking help.
Over the last 20 years, young adult transition programs have emerged in response to young adults who need support in order to launch into healthy, independent lifestyles. Dragonfly Transitions is a young adult treatment program based in Southern Oregon that supports young adults struggling with issues such as anxiety, depression, lack of motivation, lack of focus, ADHD, substance abuse, or technology abuse through the process and experiential development necessary to flourish in emerging adulthood.
In this interview with Answers for the Family, Mona and Allen discuss the findings of the research project, and answer questions asked by the listening audience. Topics include:
- Indicators of when a young adult may benefit from treatment
- The value of professional help
- Parental boundaries that empower a young adult to take ownership of their life
- Success stories
- Grit and resilience
- Family systems
- Value of completion
- Benefits and challenges of technology
- Importance of social connection and community
The full interview can be accessed at Answers for the Family Radio Show here or access a free subscription to the show on iTunes.
About Dragonfly Transitions
Dragonfly Transitions serves young adults 18 - 30 in three locations in Southern Oregon. The variety of locations allows for a continuum of care. The campus a student first enrolls in is based on the level of support desired and personal goals and interests. Students pursue educational, vocational, therapeutic, social and recreational life goals. Dragonfly offers opportunities for hands on experience in a supportive environment where students can flourish.