All Kinds of News for July 06, 2016
Susan Wittrock is Calo Teens’ and Calo Preteens’ first Program Experience Director – and likely the first position of its kind in our field. In this role, Mrs. Wittrock actively engages with families, students, program leaders, department managers, and frontline staff to plan and monitor strategies that improve the student and family experience. Ms. Wittrock also evaluates progress, synthesizes client feedback and identifies barriers to success. "We are fully committed to client engagement and this model does just that," said Chris Perkins, Calo Lake Ozark Chief Executive – who oversees both the Calo Teens and Calo Preteens programs. "Enhancing this position and its impact on our family’s experience is one of our top priorities."
Mrs. Wittrock has been with Calo for almost seven years – one of many that represent a strong nucleus of highly experienced and tenured teammates at the Lake Ozark campuses. Over the years Mrs. Wittrock has fulfilled multiple positions from Calo Teens Coach to Shift Lead. Susi understands what it's like to be a mother of a teenager in this day and age; she has two boys who recently finished high school. An adoptee herself, Susi can also relate firsthand to the experience of early trauma that the students at Calo are learning to heal. Born in Boston, MA and surrendered at birth, Susi required multiple major surgeries due to a birth defect of the digestive system, resulting in an extended hospital stay. Susi was then placed in foster care for two months before being adopted by her parents. This early trauma shaped Susi's outlook on life and provides her with deep compassion and empathy for the young people and parents who come to Calo to find healing and hope from the effects of early trauma, and the complications deriving from the experience of adoption. Susi explains, "I tell everyone that I never go to work. I simply leave one home and family in the morning to go to my other home and family across the lake". Mrs. Wittrock graduated from The Winchester-Thurston School and then attended Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. She has been married to her husband, Gary, for nearly 24 years and has two sons - Jacob and Jonah.
About Calo Teens
Created with the need for specialty care in mind and with almost a decade of outcomes (over 400 families), Calo Teens is the first treatment center focused on adoptive families. Calo Teens implements a true relational-based treatment approach to create change from the inside out… heart first, and behavior second.
About Calo Preteens
A small and exclusive program offering an idyllic and natural therapeutic setting for adopted preteens to experience connection and acceptance. One of a kind treatment for adoptive families.
About Calo Programs
Calo (“kay-low”) Programs (www.caloprograms.com) is a behavioral and mental health provider specialized in healing the effects of complex developmental trauma. Calo is comprised of Calo Teens, Calo Preteens, both residential programs located in Lake Ozark, MO predominately serving adoptive families, New Vision Wilderness, trauma informed outdoor behavioral health programs in Wisconsin and Oregon (NVW”), Calo Young Adults, a transitional living program for young adults on Winchester VA and Embark by Calo a therapeutic workshop and family intensive assessment and treatment program for those reeling from issues of trauma, attachment and adoption.