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 had never had the opportunity …

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 a lot of care and …

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 to "choose" the response.  The …

Chalk

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 rythmes came down and we …

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 these retreats are to our …

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 attachments, and fulfill our universal …

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 second was having all 32 …

A call from my biological mother

My biological mother just called me. She wanted to know if I had struggled with reactive attachment disorder. I explained that I had some attachment issues that created distress for me in my younger life but that by my mid-twenties I felt I had worked through that. She listened to me intently. I could feel her brow furrow as she …

As this day of Thanksgiving winds down…

Dear Calo Family, Thanksgiving always causes me to hit the pause button and remember that to be thankful for what we have is more fulfilling than recounting what we may want. At Calo we want things, like any company. However, what we have is a great group of families and students to serve, and wonderful coworkers to whom we owe …