The Importance of Family Involvement

By Nicole Fuglsang | Added May 4

Calo doesnt enroll students into our program, we enroll families. The family is an integral part of the treatment and healing process for all our students. As the primary attachment figures our parents/guardians play an active role in the treatment team and their childs progress. At Calo, we strongly encourage our families to be on our campus at least every 6-8 weeks (more if possible and clinically appropriate) for individual family coaching visits. During these visits, as well as during family therapy sessions, family relationships and parenting are directly coached. Families are interactive in our milieu and participate in many of our experiential activities such as recreation therapy and canine training/therapy. Our leadership team, our therapists and our residential coaches are all part of this process. Attachment parenting is modeled and parents are directly coached on how to utilize and implement therapeutic touch, coaching and rhythm control in the home as it is utilized within the Calo program. Our campus is open to our families during family time and we invite our families to participate in their childs treatment and healing process.

Family time is from 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM Monday thru Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Families are welcomed and encouraged to be on campus during these times. These times are set in such a way that we respect our students privacy in the morning hours as they are preparing for their day and in the evening hours as they are settling down and preparing for bed. The clinical staff and support staff at Calo are prepared to offer assistance to parents during these times.

As you consider placement for your child consider the active role you will play in this process. At Calo, playing an active role is an expectation of all of our families.

About the Author

Nicole Fuglsang, MA, LPC, NCC Owner, Co-Founder, Vice President of Admissions & Business Development

Nicole has worked for over 20 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. 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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