All Kinds of News for October 10, 2018
Dragonfly Transitions, a co-ed Young Adult transitional program located in Southern Oregon, places a high value on adventure and student leadership. These aspects have helped shape the program and are defining features of the Dragonfly model.
In a research study completed with alumni of Dragonfly Transitions, the adventure and experiential component at Dragonfly was routinely highlighted by the graduates. One alumni shared that "one of my happiest memories was going on a rafting trip with Dragonfly. It was absolutely amazing. It really helped me with my team building skills and character building and being able to work with other people. Before it was all about me, I was very selfish. I didn’t want to work with people. I didn’t work in teams. I was lazy and never put the work in. It really helped me to be a team player and being able to implement those skills into real life, such as employment, playing on sports teams and friendships."
Dragonfly trips continue to this day and combine adventure, exploration, community service and relaxation. These trips bring the community closer together and provide students an opportunity to build confidence, resiliency and the impetus to step outside their comfort zone.
Each summer, Dragonfly students embark on a 10-day adventure before the start of the fall academic term. Each of the respective treatment teams (comprised of the therapist, mentors, and students) go on separate trips to different locations. This year, three groups traveled to Olympic, Yosemite & Yellowstone National Parks.
Therapist staffed trips are a great opportunity for the therapist to see young adult students in action with their peers. It provides valuable information to the therapist and real-world examples of the struggles and strengths of each student.
Dragonfly Primary Therapist Casey Sims traveled to Mammoth Lakes, California with 14 students as well as two mentors and fellow therapist Chelsea Kibbe. Casey commented "Students had the opportunity to hike in Yosemite, kayak at Mono Lake and camp under the stars. It’s amazing to see the formation of new friendships, and by the end a desire for the trip to last longer! The team was grateful for the patience, engagement, and flexibility that every student and staff brought on the trip to make it smooth, successful, and memorable."
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.