The Chrysalis Phase System has been designed to help students and their families recognize the growth and development that is taking place in the multi-faceted journey provided at Chrysalis. We built this model incorporating the principles of Prochaska’s stages of change. Each phase is comprised of specific goals and challenges for students and families to complete. Ritual is important in our Chrysalis culture, and as a student moves from one phase to the next, we pause to reflect the milestones of the student and mark the transition with a special ritual. Privileges and responsibilities increase as the student moves from one phase to the next, turning greater privileges into more responsibilities.


1. Orientation Phase

Core Value: Safety

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Students arriving at Chrysalis are on Orientation Phase, indicating that a student is becoming familiarized with the Chrysalis community and routines. Basic expectations of this phase include participation and effort group therapy, academic classes, morning workout, household responsibilities, adventure activities, service work, individual therapy and Skype sessions with family. Safety is very important here, and we have extra focus on it during the Orientation Phase. Safety as a value at Chrysalis is described as ensuring that we live together in a community full of safe choices where both physical and emotional well-being is highly respected.


2. Acceptance Phase

Core Value: Responsibility

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Students on Acceptance Phase are perceived by the treatment team to have become fully oriented to the routines and structure at Chrysalis. The Chrysalis Acceptance Phase is closely tied to the value of responsibility.  Responsibility as a value at Chrysalis is described as accepting that we all need to do our part to create a functional and thriving community. In this phase, students are becoming keenly aware of how to be accountable, gaining an understanding of what it means to mature, and are beginning to exercise some leadership in the Chrysalis community.

The transition from Acceptance Phase to Trust Phase incorporates a special ceremony for the girl. In this phase, students are given more responsibilities and gain more privileges. Some of the privileges include: local visits and participation in all off campus activities.


3. Trust Phase

Core Value: Honesty

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Students on Trust Phase are more deeply engaged in their process of growth as shown by greater self-awareness and regular use of new coping skills. The Chrysalis Trust Phase is closely tied to the value of honesty. Honesty as a value at Chrysalis is described as being truthful to self and others. Openness and integrity are cultivated in this phase.

Students on Trust Phase are working to enhance their trust in relationships by accepting the care and authority of adults. The girls behavior is becoming more consistent, regardless of whether adults are watching or not and there is increased demonstration of trustworthy behavior. A deeper focus on healing through core issues, moving beneath behaviors, and an emphasis on developing core meaning exists. Students are beginning to explore their identity and reconnect with forgotten and lost aspects of self.

The ritual marking the move from Trust Phase to Action Phase is a special dinner in the student’s honor at her house. Some of the additional responsibilities on Trust Phase include: students begin to receive a weekly allowance, they can attend off-campus visits with family, the ability to attend international trips, they may have an iPod, and social calls with parents.


4. Action Phase

Core Value: Respect

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Students on Action Phase are demonstrating solid momentum across all aspects of their daily lives including peer relationships, family relationships, adult relationships, therapy, adventure, academics, exercise, service work, and residential life. The Chrysalis Action Phase is closely tied to the value of respect. Respect as a value at Chrysalis is described as approaching the world and self with mindful consideration. Tolerance and acceptance of individual and cultural differences, as well as the capacity for empathy is increasing.

The ritual marking the move from Action Phase to Stability Phase includes taking a special photo which will displayed on campus.The responsibilities in this phase include: increased allowance, increased home visits, correspondence with approved friends, and increased phone call time with family.


5. Stability Phase

Core Value: Wellness

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Students on Stability Phase are making strong, positive progress in all aspects of their life. Girls are consistently demonstrating the ability to function in a healthy manner in the Chrysalis community and at home. Consistent use of healthy skills are evident. The Chrysalis Stability Phase is closely tied to the value of wellness.  Wellness as a value at Chrysalis is described as striving for a healthy mind, body, and spirit. This is shown by ever-growing confidence and the commitment to exercise and nutrition. By this phase students have begun to emerge as leaders within the Chrysalis community.

The ritual marking when a girl moves from Stability Phase to Preparation for Transition Phase is a special planting of a flower, herb or tree so that the student is able to leave something behind. Responsibilities in this phase include increased freedoms among their current privileges. It also includes additional responsibilities in transition, increased allowance, the ability to hold a volunteer or paid job, and increased time at home and independent involvement in the community.


6. Preparation for Transition Phase

Core Value: Compassion

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Students on Preparation for Transition Phase have advanced and matured in a significant fashion.  Maturation away from a position of self-centeredness and toward greater levels of reciprocity in relationships is evident.  The Chrysalis Preparation for Transition Phase is closely tied to the value of compassion.  Compassion as a value at Chrysalis is described as having an awareness of, and caring for the thoughts and needs of others. Students are invested in service and consistently demonstrate kindness toward others. Self-love as a form of compassion is developed. Students show earnest work on transition, home plans, and home agreements.

The ritual marking when a student moves from Preparation for Transition Phase to Transition Phase is placing a stepping stone that includes an inspirational message in a walkway of her choice on campus. Responsibilities include: access to social media, access to personal phone as well as increased freedoms on privileges they already hold.


7. Transition Phase

Core Value: Spirit

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During the students final phase at Chrysalis, students will work toward closure.  The student and her family will apply final touches to her transition, home plans, and home agreements. The Chrysalis Transition Phase is closely tied to the value of spirit.  Spirit as a value at Chrysalis is defined as discovering awe and wonder through exposure to the natural world and service to others with an emphasis on meaning, direction and rejuvenation.  The student’s final graduation date is set.

In the Transition Phase the student holds the same responsibilities as held in the prior phases, as well as access to a laptop and cell phone.