A multitude of recent studies strengthen the case for dogs in therapy and Calo Programs, an innovative behavioral health organization, has taken the use of canines to a whole other level
Lead by Rob Gent and Steve Sawyer, the three days of professional development focused on intensive immersion into the CASA Developmental Trauma Treatment Model and how it sets the foundation for all other complimentary therapeutic interventions.
A review of recent literature (Family Studies 2015, International Journal of Behavior Development 2010, University of Minnesota 2008) has shown that adopted children are more vulnerable to a host of psychological and school-related problems compared to their non-adopted peers, and that the rate of referral of adopted children to mental-health facilities is far above what would be expected given their representation in the general population. Our understanding of the basis for these problems remains unclear. This article will trace evolving adoption practices and offer some insights into the problems facing helping professionals who work with adopted children, and the children themselves.
Since the Golden Gate Bridge opened in 1937, thousands have jumped to their death. Only 37 have survived. Kevin Hines is one of those 37 and is now telling his moving story. However, only part of the story has been told. Here is the other part. Read more
New Vision Wilderness (NVW), located in Bend, Oregon and Medford, Wisconsin is celebrating its highest census in history. NVW was founded in February of 2007 as the first wilderness therapy program in the state of Wisconsin. Co-founders. Drew Hornbeck and Steve Sawyer created NVW with the goal of providing an affordable, clinically intensive, and trauma informed treatment experience for youth. …
When many of us consider inherited traits we immediately think of hair color, eye color, skin tone, height, etc. More rarely do we reflect on the possible inheritance of psychological trauma – also known as intergenerational trauma. Click to Read More
The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest and most interesting assessments of health and its relationship to early trauma. Perhaps the most unusual aspect of the ACE Study is how it all began. Click to read more
It is not uncommon for adoptive parents to come to Calo feeling out of options for their difficult child and overwhelmed about what could have created all of these DSM diagnoses and intense feelings and behaviors. Especially if the child was adopted at or near birth. “We adopted our son at birth. We brought him home from the hospital ourselves …
Calo Teens Academic Director Dr Bob Burroughs discusses how we treat developmental trauma and heal it through relationships. It’s a great journal article for parents, professionals and educators on Calo’s developmental trauma model of treatment. At Calo, we summarize our relationally-based treatment model as CASA, which stands for Commitment, Acceptance, Security, Attunement. The ultimate goal of the model is Joy, …
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