Giving Thanks – A Parent’s Letter

By Carrie Kaarre / November 22, 2017 / Comments Off on Giving Thanks – A Parent’s Letter

I just want to let you know how much we appreciate the support and guidance you each have each provided to our daughter. The grades and comments on her attached academic progress report reflect her tremendous growth in school, but most importantly personally and emotionally over the last 10 months. We also know how much…

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Focusing on Success, Executive Functioning at Chrysalis: A therapeutic approach…

By Carrie Kaarre / October 2, 2017 / Comments Off on Focusing on Success, Executive Functioning at Chrysalis: A therapeutic approach…

Executive Function Behavioral Categories Impulse Control The ability to stop and think before acting Emotional Control The ability to manage feelings by thinking about goals Planning/Prioritizing The ability to create steps to reach a goal and to make decisions about what to focus on Flexibility The ability to change strategies or revise plans when conditions…

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Music and Art at Chrysalis

By Carrie Kaarre / August 15, 2017 / Comments Off on Music and Art at Chrysalis

Chrysalis is excited to announce our growing music and art program! This fall singer/song writer Michelle Lynn and artist Sean Tribble will be joining the Chrysalis team. They each bring an expertise that will expand the creative offerings for our students. Michelle taught music at Chrysalis years ago, and we’re excited about her return. She…

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When School Anxiety Turns Into School Refusal

By Carrie Kaarre / April 3, 2017 / Comments Off on When School Anxiety Turns Into School Refusal

Did you know that school refusal is a diagnosis? Many people associate school refusal with defiance or truancy, but often that is not the case, particularly for a Chrysalis student. Outpatient clinicians are noting that they’re seeing an increased number of students who are refusing to attend school. By definition school refusal is the refusal…

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Community Involvement

By Carrie Kaarre / March 30, 2017 / Comments Off on Community Involvement

There is no denying that Chrysalis is located in a small town (which happens to only be an hour north from what National Geographic considers to be the 7th best ski town in the world), but unless you’ve lived in a small town you probably aren’t familiar with the incredible benefits of small town life.…

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Growing Excellent Leaders

By Carrie Kaarre / March 15, 2017 / Comments Off on Growing Excellent Leaders

As Dolly Parton says, “If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then you are an excellent leader.” At the Chrysalis School in Montana, the most anticipated trips are the two annual Leadership Retreats. These trips are by invitation only, with invitations extended to…

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Who Really is a Chrysalis Student?

By Carrie Kaarre / January 12, 2017 / Comments Off on Who Really is a Chrysalis Student?

I frequently get asked: “who really makes sense for Chrysalis,” or “what type of student do you work with?” While these are good and important questions, sometimes I find it difficult to answer. Yes, Chrysalis is treatment. Yes, we are a therapeutic boarding school. Yet when you step on campus it doesn’t feel like treatment,…

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Establishing a Bright Future through Therapy

By Carrie Kaarre / July 13, 2015 / Comments Off on Establishing a Bright Future through Therapy

What do hanging off a rock cliff, hiking in the Canadian Rockies, building trail in Glacier National Park, and floating in your PFD in a cold mountain river all have in common? For one thing, they are all exciting, outdoor adventures. They are also all activities that the girls at Chrysalis will have an opportunity…

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A Reminder of Hope

By Carrie Kaarre / June 30, 2015 / Comments Off on A Reminder of Hope

The need for residential treatment can make me angry at modern culture. In fact, I occasionally wish that my job (or rather the need for my job), didn’t exist. As the Admissions Director at Chrysalis I am regularly learning about families who are considering out of home treatment for their daughter. After working as a…

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Connections and the World Languages Classroom

By Carrie Kaarre / June 9, 2015 / Comments Off on Connections and the World Languages Classroom

This time of year as the grass turns green, the sun edges out behind the clouds, and the flowers develop buds and blossoms,  I  always begin to look forward to summer.  The departing of Spring always has a reflective quality to it as well.  I think back over the year remembering where we started, and…

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