All Kinds of News for January 06, 2016
Lake Ozark MO: Calo Teens has always been known for being on the cutting edge of trauma and attachment treatment and for having an impressive therapeutic program for adopted teenage boys. Last month, Calo Teens announced the creation of an innovative, specialty “program within a program” called The Chiefs.
Given most boys require a certain level of physical fitness, adventure and competition in order to engage in treatment, boys-specific programming has always been a priority at Calo Teens. Currently, this unique programming includes, but is not limited to, wake boarding, skiing, basketball, rock climbing, canoeing, fly fishing, wilderness survival skills, backpacking, rappelling, climbing, cycling, and high and low element ropes. Further, the Calo Teens location, right on Lake of the Ozarks, provides a very unique setting for teenage boys to engage in treatment and heal.
Calo Teens has invested even more into gender specific programming. This new programming is designed to address the specific developmental, social and emotional needs of boys. The Chiefs program is centered on understanding that disinhibited boys require a different environment and program than inhibited teenage boys. The program is meant to be a temporary placement to meet the acute emotional and physical needs of a male student who needs more structure and safety. “Students placed in The Chiefs home are in need of additional support and enhanced security measures to keep themselves safe. By increasing the staff/student ratios and focusing only on the core program elements, we believe placement in this home will allow students to experience long-term success at Calo” said Chris Perkins, Calo Lake Ozark Chief Operating Officer.
Even though the core Calo CASA Model, the core interventions, and root cause issue are all of the same, it is still important to create innovate programming that caters to various personalities, learning styles and behaviors. The Chiefs is designed specifically for those adopted adolescent boys who at times need more than Calo Teens’ traditional relational treatment program. "When a student demonstrates the need for placement in The Chiefs, their behaviors are a reflection of their emotional hurt and disorganization, thus the focus is on providing care and safety by staff," said Rob Gent, Calo's Chief Clinical Officer. "In this way we can continue the healing process without disrupting the placement."
Nicole Fuglsang, VP of Admissions, expanded: “After placement in The Chiefs, if the student is developing “Trust” and desiring privilege, then they should be moving toward being in the typical program. When predictable care is established, then the student moves toward a place of desiring more intimacy which is experienced through relational trust and increased privilege. The placement in the team is not to be a punishment; rather, activities and interactions are based on emotional and behavioral regulation needs.”
“We have developed a safe, therapeutic environment where boys are not confronted, but rather engaged and challenged to work on emotional regulation, communication skills, stress management, accountability and being of support and service to others”, said Perkins.
Channing Major, long-term Calo employee (4+ years) and new Team Lead for the Chiefs, went on to say, "Teenage boys have different social issues that often call for different treatment methods and strategies depending on their behaviors. The Chiefs program employs a highly structured, but non-adversarial approach, where boys tend to be kinder and more collaborative, feel a true sense of safety to discuss sensitive issues like abuse, neglect and depression, hold each other accountable for participation, and have less posturing".
To learn more about Calo Teens go to http://caloteens.com/