Treatment at Calo utilizes an attachment framework for understanding troubled teens. With attachment being the goal, relationships are the primary change agent. This relational model works best with issues of emotion, trauma, and attachment. Calo improves the lives of troubled youth by harnessing the power of three central change agents: 1) Relationships, 2) Transferable Attachment, and 3) Experiential successes.
Relationships are the lynchpin to the change process. Behavioral interventions are scarce at Calo. There are no level systems. Calo believes that fairness is not necessarily about getting what you have earned, fairness is getting what you need. Calo still believes in accountability and improved behavior but only as motivated by nurturing relationships.
Transferable Attachment is Calos name for what is learned through the care of and bonding with purebred Golden Retrievers. Clinically appropriate youth in the program have an opportunity to adopt a dog in the beginning stages of the program. Myriad transferable lessons of self-discipline, healing, commitment, unconditional love, and genuine attachment are learned in the process.
Located on the shores of Lake of the Ozarks, youth are provided a number of aquatic therapeutic recreational activities. It is intended that Calo youth will struggle against water challenges and overcome them with the help of staff and family, learning lessons of trust, teamwork, communication, and self-reliance in the process. This is done through sailing, rowing, canoeing, power watersports, and other aquatic challenges. Calo also has a comprehensive indoor ropes course for use during the winter months.