Calo Preteens and Calo Teens have merged to create Calo Programs, the first residential treatment programs focused on adopted preteens and teens. The programs implement a true relational-based treatment approach to create change from the inside out – heart first and behavior second. Uniquely focused and well-equipped to treat students and families impacted by trauma occurring in developmental periods, Calo Programs helps students develop a healthy sense of self, and often address attachment issues.

Our students learn to develop attuned, empathetic and safe relationships through healthy, repetitive relational therapy. Implementing a relational treatment model, Calo uses evidence-based attachment research combined with the science of neurobiology to create real change. Their proprietary treatment approach is comprehensive and holistic, helping students find co-regulation and joy. Going beyond behavior modification, the specially trained staff at Calo seeks to understand what causes behaviors and feelings, correcting the core in an accepting and non-judgmental environment.

Calo Programs uses the Commitment, Acceptance, Secure, Attunement (CASA) Treatment Model to establish acceptance and security. Through the commitment and acceptance of caregivers, students can feel secure and attune, beginning to form healthy and safe relationships. The CASA Model is the neurobiological framework for creating secure relationships.

Students participate in weekly family and individual therapy, although at times, a crisis may change the frequency of the therapy. All therapists hold at least a Master’s Degree and therapy sessions are tailored to meet the unique needs of each family and student. Calo Programs rely on family support and encourage family members to visit every 4-8 weeks. Each student is also encouraged to call his or her family weekly. Additionally, Calo hosts 4 annual parent events to give families an opportunity to connect with others who are on the same journey while engaging therapeutically with their child and therapists.

Calo primarily helps students impacted by trauma such as from adoptions (or more accurately relinquishment from birth parents), chronic stress, disruptions in early childhood, and inconsistent care from caregivers. Most students at Calo have struggled to be in a healthy relationship with their family and/or peers, often experience emotional dysregulation, and have difficulty maintaining safe behavior at home or in school. Students come to Calo Programs struggling with adoption issues, identity issues, reactive attachment disorder, and/or personality disorders. The average stay for students is 12-15 months as they prioritize emotional, mental, behavioral, and physical health.

Calo Programs are open to both females and males. Calo has a preteen program for boys and girls between the ages of 10-13 while their teen program serves older teens, ages 14-18. Both programs use unique interventions like adventure therapy, canine therapy and neurofeedback therapy while also prioritizing academics and helping students balance the demands of life, play and school.

Meet The Team

Nicole Fuglsang, MA, LPC, NCC

Position: CEO Calo Programs
Nicole is one of the founding members of Calo. She has worked for over 25 years with adolescents and their families as a youth leader, therapist, and Admissions Director. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado, and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Denver Seminary. Her graduate focus was in child, adolescent, and family psychotherapy, and course work allowed her to complete all academic requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor in the State of Missouri. Nicole’s clinical experience includes work in community and crisis counseling centers, national youth service and ministry organizations, long-term residential treatment programs, and short-term behavioral health care facilities. In these environments, she has provided a broad range of mental health and general support services including individual, group, and family psychotherapy, clinical assessments, treatment planning, case management, and referral services. Her areas of clinical expertise include the facilitation of adolescent behavioral interventions, treatment of mood and motivational difficulties, eating disorder treatment and prevention, and family crisis management. Nicole is a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. As a trained and experienced clinician, she provides a depth of expertise to families and referral sources. As one of original founders of Calo, she has been with the program since the beginning, serving in many capacities, including admission and business development. Currently, she serves as the program CEO. Nicole and her husband Matt, live in Osage Beach, Missouri with their three children, Jacob, Abigail and Madalyn.

Nicole Fuglsang, MA, LPC, NCC

CEO Calo Programs

Nicole is one of the founding members of Calo. She...

Richard Pope, LIMHP/EMDR Provider/MSW

Position: Preteens Executive Director
Richard joined the Calo team in October 2021. He has worked in residential settings for over 20 years beginning as an overnight staff and eventually moving into the Regional Director for the State of Nebraska. Richard has also worked for Juvenile Probation and Boys Town, helping to develop programming for youth and families, promoting trauma-informed care. Over the last 5 years, Richard has worked specifically with youth with trauma and trauma-related mental health disorders and strongly endorses a relational approach. He and his wife relocated to the Lake of the Ozarks to join the Calo team.

Richard Pope, LIMHP/EMDR Provider/MSW

Preteens Executive Director

Richard joined the Calo team in October 2021. He has...

Ryan Neal, Ed.D

Position: Teen Boys Executive Director
Dr. Ryan Neal is the Executive Director for Calo Teen Boys. He is a native of the lake and came to Calo after 25 years in public education with experiences in teaching, coaching, building administration, and district-level administration. He has also been an adjunct college professor since 2012. Ryan received his Bachelor’s degree from Central Methodist University and his Masters, Specialist, and Doctorate degrees from William Woods University. He and his wife Michelle live in Camdenton Missouri and have three children, Winton, Aidan, and Aubrey. Ryan is excited to be at Calo where he can put his extensive experience with students and their families to work for, the purpose of healing.

Ryan Neal, Ed.D

Teen Boys Executive Director

Dr. Ryan Neal is the Executive Director for Calo Teen...

Serenity Brendon, BA

Position: Teen Girls and Transition Home Executive Director
Serenity joined the team in 2021 as a Teen Girls Residential Manager. She has since been promoted to Executive Director of Teen Girls and Transition Homes. Serenity came to Calo with an extensive career in mental health with over 15 years of serving young adults and adolescents from across the spectrum, with a background and thorough training in trauma care. She is a licensed Interstate Foster Crisis Care Provider. Outside of caring for the kids at Calo, Serenity is a dedicated mother of 5 children, one of which is a foster child whose formal adoption became final this year. In her down time, she enjoys crafts, swimming, reading, and spending time with her three grandchildren.

Serenity Brendon, BA

Teen Girls and Transition Home Executive Director

Serenity joined the team in 2021 as a Teen Girls...

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