Diversity at CALO



By Nicole Fuglsang | Added December 8

Diversity is defined by Websters Merriam dictionary as the condition of being diverse: variety; especially the inclusion of diverse people in a group or organization. Wikipedia notes that diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences. It is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.

These two definitions I believe encapsulate the diversity I see within CALOs small family oriented community. Though we have a small student/family community we also have a diverse community due to our specialized focus. We have students from all over the country, of varying ethnicities, religions, backgrounds, both adopted and not adopted, etc. Our relationship based attachment model embraces the individual differences within our students and their families. CALOs unique ability to individualize treatment for each student/family allows for and embraces diversity.  The diversity at CALO brings the students and families together and unites them as we all work toward the common goal of healing and moving toward interdependence. CALO provides the safe, positive, nurturing environment such that real change may occur.



About the Author

Nicole Fuglsang, MA, LPC, NCC Director of Business Development & Admissions and Co-founder

Nicole has worked for over 19 years with adolescents and their families as a youth leader, therapist and Admissions Director. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado, and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Denver Seminary. Her graduate focus was in child, adolescent, and family psychotherapy, and course work allowed her to complete all academic requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor in the State of Missouri. Nicole's clinical experience includes work in community and crisis counseling centers, national youth service and ministry organizations, long-term residential treatment programs, and short-term behavioral health care facilities. In these environments she has provided a broad range of mental health and general support services including individual, group, and family psychotherapy, clinical assessments, treatment planning, case management, and referral services. Her areas of clinical expertise include facilitation of adolescent behavioral interventions, treatment of mood and motivational difficulties, eating disorder treatment and prevention, and family crisis management. Nicole is a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is also a member of the American Counseling Association as well as the American Association of Christian Counselors. As a trained and experienced clinician, she provides a depth of expertise to inquiring families and referral sources not often found in admissions departments. Nicole and her husband Matt, live in Osage Beach, Missouri with their three children, Jacob, Abigail and Matalyn.

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