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CALO (Change Academy Lake of the Ozarks)

Residential Treatment Center

CALO (Change Academy Lake of the Ozarks) Program Information

Gender: Coeducational
Ages: 13 to 18
Grades: 7 to 12
Estimated Enrollment: 48
Length of Stay:
Program was founded in: 2007
Accreditations: Affiliations:

CALO (Change Academy Lake of the Ozarks) Contact Information

130 Calo Lane
Lake Ozark, MO 65049
Phone: 877-879-2256
Fax: 573-365-2224
School Contact: Nicole Fulsang, MA,NCC,LPC
Alternative Contact: Ken Huey, Ph.D., CEO
Therapy Provided?: Yes

Program Description:

Looking at our CALO logo you can see our name and the CALO symbol consisting of sun, earth, tree, and water. It is metaphoric of our treatment model and congruent with our approach to academics.

Trust of Care is represented by the sun. The sun rises and sets every day, whether it can be seen or not. We can put our trust in this. Students can trust that we will meet their academic needs and provide them with what they need, not what they earn.

Trust of Control is represented by the earth. The earth is stable and solid and is where we build our homes and the material we use to sustain us in myriad ways. Earth represents our teachers’ commitment to be there for each student and go the distance. By providing authentic teaching and building meaningful rapport teachers provide a firm foundation for student learning.

Trust of Self is represented by water. Water is fluid and ever-changing and is indicative of our students’ development of self-control. Just as the earth regulates and guides a body of water, students depend on teachers to help regulate and guide their development of self-control.

Interdependence is CALO’s ultimate goal for all our students. The tree on our logo represents that interdependence. We want students that take from their environment, just as trees take water and sunlight and nutrients from the earth. We also want students who give back to their home environment, much like a tree gives back oxygen. Our academic program focuses on helping students become life-long learners who are able to connect to people and resources around them in order to gain information, gain understanding, and make informed choices—ultimately giving back to society by becoming part of the workforce or their community in a meaningful way.

Many programs utilize “packets” for all their academic needs as a cost-saving measure. One solid step up from that would be sole reliance on a solid, accredited online program. CALO academics offers much more than either of these options found at other programs. BYU course work is one part of our education. Using that online program as the basis for much of our curriculum, we also hold weekly seminars to offer students another path towards authentic learning. Seminars consist of high-energy motivational teaching techniques in a classroom setting. Topics for these seminars cover a wide-range of school and social learning needs. We have seminars on etiquette, friendship, character, and similar topics. We also have seminars on science, English, and traditional school subjects.

CALO provides:

Transferable attachment through the care, nurturing, and potential adoption of purebred canines.
A secure base created through relationships with staff, peers, guardians, and purebred canines.
Direct coaching of relationship skills to the primary care relationship (parents/guardians).
Experiential successes through aquatic challenges and activities on the Lake of the Ozarks.
CALO targets:

Issues of emotion, attachment, and trauma.
Consistency and rhythms versus a regimented, inflexible, group-based level system.
Effectiveness over efficiency.
Lifelong attachment and healing between families and their children.
Low staff to student ratio (never more than 1 to 3).
The correction of negative core beliefs.

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