A Chrysalis Girl
Who is a typical girl seeking help from Chrysalis?
Adolescent girls, ages 13 to 18, who have generally struggled academically, socially, emotionally and at home. Our students have typically made poor choices in family, peer or other social relationships. Often, these issues have led to a path of confusion and loss of self-esteem.
It is important that students enter our school at least somewhat willingly, curious about themselves and, to some degree, already acknowledging the challenges that have been in the way of their growth and success.
What are the diagnoses and challenges commonly seen at Chrysalis?
- Body image issues
- Disordered eating
- Distorted self-image and dysregulated moods
- Esteem problems
- Learning struggles
- Mild attachment issues
- Poor executive functioning skills
- Poor peer relationships
- Recovery from chemical dependency and abuse
- Trauma and stress-related conditions
Chrysalis does not provide primary treatment for addiction, eating disorders or self-harm.
Substance abuse may have been an issue in the past, but students must have established a period of sobriety and be committed to their recovery prior to acceptance. If eating disorders have been diagnosed, primary treatment and a similar commitment to recovery are expected prior to acceptance. We accept students who have struggled with suicidal ideation or self-harm in the not-recent past; it is important that the basis for these behaviors was primarily to be noticed.
What are the academic requirements?
Chrysalis students have various learning styles and academic needs; a student must have at least one full year of high school left. An overall IQ of 90 or higher is necessary for acceptance. Academic challenges should be responsive to tutoring, special accommodations, low student-to-teacher ratios, our minimal-distraction learning environment, comprehensive therapy, general program structure, the therapeutic milieu and medications (when applicable).
How long do most students stay?
Length of stay is not fixed, but rather reflects each student’s individual needs and can be extended as long as clinically and academically necessary. The typical stay is about 12-18 months.
How do you determine if a student is a good fit?
The Chrysalis admissions director, clinical leadership and academic director work together to assess a student’s appropriateness by reviewing psychological and educational testing, interviewing her former or current therapist, interviewing the family and reviewing the completed application. Each prospective student is assessed on a case-by-case basis to make the best decision possible.
Any questions regarding a Chrysalis student’s clinical profile or a specific family should be addressed to our admissions director, Robin Greene, at 406-260-2803 or [email protected].
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