Thinking about a Summer Transition Home

By Dr. Bob Burroughs Before joining Calo as its Academic Director, I was an educational consultant advising families on residential treatment. In general, families favored a treatment cycle that matched the traditional school calendar. If a student entered treatment in October, then typically parents hoped for a June or August transition back home, so that … Continued

Calo In the News: Building Trusting Relationships

Dr Bob Burroughs, Calo Academic Director, wrote for the Therapeutic Parenting Journal about Building Trusting Relationships with Teens.   Dr Burroughs discusses bringing calm to  the child’s inner chaos, supporting children in the classroom with attachment trauma, and the art of co-regulation. It’s a great journal article for parents, professionals and educators on Calo’s developmental … Continued

Calo’s growth over the last three years

From 8 employees to 85 employees From 4 students to 44 students From 4 golden retrievers to 19 golden retrievers  It has been an incredible privilege to be part of the birth, development and ongoing growth of a new program. Prior to becoming a founding member of Calo (Change Academy Lake of the Ozarks), I … Continued

The Downside of Resilience

Good read from Dr. Art Becker-Weidman: Summarized in the Sunday New York Times editorial by Jay Belsky titled,The Downside of Resilience, the article goes on to state: Evidence suggests that some children are ? in one frequently used metaphor ? like delicate orchids; they quickly wither if exposed to stress and deprivation, but blossom if given … Continued

Calo Provides a Safe Place to Discharge Trauma

At Calo we like to see our coaches more as caregivers.  Caregivers first and foremost need to Commit to those they are caring for then Accept them exactly as they are.  Commitment and Acceptance are foundational to the Calo Model. There are three responses to trauma: fight, flight or freeze.  Our students do not get … Continued


I wanted to share a few things with you all that Jill and I did today during her individual session. When I first went to get Jill she was pretty hyped up so I walked beside her as she road her scooter outside and she began to talk to me about her biological mother. Jill’s … Continued

Parent Retreats in Review

At the conclusion of our two very successful parent retreats this past week we wanted to spend some time highlighting why we host and plan these retreats.  First off, here is a note from a parent after the retreat.  We removed the student’s name for confidentiality purposes.  What is important is realizing just how impactful … Continued

Defining Intimacy

An intimate relationship is an interpersonal relationship that involves physical and emotional intimacy . Intimate relationships play a central role in the overall human experience.  Humans have a general desire to belong and to love which is usually satisfied within an intimate relationship. Intimate relationships provide a social network for people that provide strong emotional … Continued

Recent Setting and Achieving Goals Trip

The Adventure Team is excited to share some of the experiences we accomplished on our most recent Setting and Achieving Goals trip. During this Adventure sequence, we achieved two milestones for Calo's adventure therapy program. The first was taking 32 boys on an engineered experience (the most on any camping trip to date!) and the … Continued

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