Calo Programs Embarks on Clinical Leadership Intensive

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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.

The Changing Face of Adoption

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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.

New Vision Wilderness Soars To New Heights

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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. …

Inheriting your Grandma’s Trauma

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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

But I adopted my child at birth. What do you mean trauma?

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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 in the news: Using Relationships to Heal Trauma & Attachment

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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, …