Calo's Clinical Approach

CASA Treatment Model

Calo’s remedy to this belief system and the painful situations that arise from it is relationship. Joy comes from experiencing acceptance, security, and attunement in a committed home (CASA).

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Therapy Interventions

Based on the belief that emotional and behavioral disturbances in our youth respond to attachment relationship interventions, we've provided many individual, family and group therapy practices.

Theory of Change

Our goal is not to focus on the behaviors (with rewards, advice giving), but what causes those behaviors- their feelings. Going deeper still, what causes those feelings is the core self-concept. At Calo, rather than just correct the behaviors, we’re actually going to the source. How we correct this core, is by providing an accepting atmosphere.

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Trauma Assessment

When a teen has been diagnosed with a behavioral health condition like reactive attachment disorder, they likely have had adverse childhood experiences (ACE) that impact their ability to form loving bonds with parents and caregivers. Calo is the nation’s leader in treating and understanding the neurobiological impact of these childhood experiences.

Issues of Attachment

In all of our interventions, relationships are the vehicle of change. Our residential treatment model for students with reactive attachment disorder focuses on relationships with parents, therapists, coaches and purebred Golden Retrievers. Our program creates real connections and meaning with others. 

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