The Calo Therapeutic Model
Based on the belief that most emotional and many behavioral disturbances in young people respond best to attachment, relationship interventions.
The Calo model is based on the principles of commitment, acceptance, security, and attunement.
Research has shown that group therapy with adolescents is highly effective; primarily because adolescents pay overwhelming attention to their peer group and try to emulate group behavior. During adolescence, the persuasion of the peer group is often far more influential than parental advice and direction. Due to the importance of the peer component to treatment, Calo students are exposed to a variety of group therapies. Groups led by therapists are often more formal, specializing in clinical topics or issues. Staff or student-led accountability groups, power groups, or transition groups are also very helpful in keeping the student community honest, open, and regulated.
Home and Holiday Visits
As students progress in their treatment, an important step for growth is experiencing home life without the walls and safety of Calo. Therefore, all home visits are approved by the treatment team and should be “therapeutic visits.” Please be aware that home visit policies are dramatically different depending on the needs of each family. Each student’s holiday plans will be made in accordance with his/her progress, personal needs, the needs of the family and the guidelines of the treatment team. If the student remains on campus during a holiday, family members are encouraged to spend time with their student on campus.