Rhythms

As opposed to structure alone, living life in consistent rhythms helps students manage their moods and affect long-term. Students are more vulnerable and open to change and trusting of staff when adults caring for them are managing the rhythms of the milieu. This provides the consistency and the metaphorical "safety net" students need. Residential coaches talk to the students about almost everything that is going on in the students personal lives, on campusvisits, off-campus visits, activities, sessions, etc. Rhythms are the energy of the students. Every change in the students schedule and structure alters the rhythm of the program. The more consistent the rhythms, the more vulnerable and trusting the students are of the staff caring for them.

Calo strategically structures the daily rhythms to support the student energy throughout the day. There are points in the day when rhythms are expected to be high, such as Recreational Therapy, gym class on Saturday, etc. There are points where rhythms need to be low, like therapy groups, bedtimes, etc. Coaches help manage the rhythms by coaching students, providing closeness, being proactive, holding groups, preparing students with pivotal information, and planning ahead to make things go right.