Shining the Spotlight on Calo


Calo treats a very specific subset of the struggling teen population: we heal the effects of childhood trauma using an attachment paradigm. Adopted teens with a history of trauma (often abuse or neglect) are our focus. Our teens are damaged in the areas of empathy, altruism, and relationship formation. Healing this damage requires that lasting change be created within the context of safe relationships, not by virtue of consequences and rewards. Consequences and rewards are the most basic forms of behavior modification.

The problem with using behavior modification as the primary treatment methodology for traumatized and attachment-disordered children is that behavior modification mimics an abuse environment. Traumatized and emotionally broken teens have already learned how to survive in controlling environments. They know how to keep quiet and look as if they are compliant in order to escape punishment. Behavior modification produces changed behavior for these teens but does not create internal change. Calo is a relationship-based change program. Creating safe, repetitive, and meaningful relationships with parents or guardians, therapists, residential coaches, and even purebred Golden Retrievers (what we call “transferable attachment”) are at the heart of our treatment model.

As of November of 2014, Calo opened brand new facilities for preteens on acreage adjoining our main campus. Using the same model of care, we now serve these preteens and their families in our two large new cottages.


NATSAP is proud to shine the spotlight on our wonderful member programs. If you would like to participate, please e-mail with your program description.

NATSAP Shines the Spotlight on EDGE Learning and Wellness Collegiate Community


EDGE Learning and Wellness Collegiate Community provides transformational transitional support for success in college and beyond.  Located in the heart of Chicago’s theater and college district, EDGE gives students unparalleled access to the benefits of urban living and the support to balance their academic, social, emotional, and relational lives. Each student is paired with a Learning Coach and a Life Coach who provide accountability and support to overcome challenges.  Many students who have been successful at EDGE are motivated to succeed in college following treatment, therapeutic boarding school, or a wilderness program experience. If you’re aged 18-24, committed to being sober, and looking to get started in college for the first time or you’re returning to school, EDGE can make all the difference.   To learn more about us, go to


NATSAP is proud to shine the spotlight on our wonderful member programs. If you would like to participate, please e-mail with your program description.

NATSAP Shines the Spotlight on Fulshear Treatment to Transition

We Are NATSAP Fulshear

Fulshear is a treatment to transition program for women in their late teens and early twenties (18-24) located just outside of Houston. We are passionate about helping women become healthy, strong and influential.   We are experts in serving women who are struggling with mood, personality, attachment and trauma issues.  We offer Residential Treatment Center level of care at our ranch location and also offer Transitional Services in our apartment settings.

Depending on the clients’ needs they can participate in both our treatment and transition services or they may only participate in our transition only track. While at the Ranch (RTC) clients focus on deep healing.  As they progress toward independence, clients will continue to receive support while simultaneously being employed, volunteer or continuing education.  On average clients are with us for about 7 to 9 months.

We would love to share more with you about how we can help women realize their unique potential.


NATSAP is proud to shine the spotlight on our wonderful member programs. If you would like to participate, please e-mail with your program description.

NATSAP Shines the Spotlight on Heartspring


The Heartspring School is a not-for-profit day and residential school serving children ages 5-21, from across the country. Boys and girls come to Heartspring with various developmental disabilities such as autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, speech and language impairments, cognitive impairments, and other multiple disabilities.

Most of our students also have challenging behaviors (often severe), that interfere with their academic progress, participation in home-life, as well as access to the community.

Our program focuses on decreasing inappropriate behaviors and increasing independence in academics, communication, and activities of daily living. In addition, our program is highly individualized. Every child has an IEP and student support plan (behavior plan) specific to the strengths and needs of each student.

Our program is comprehensive; including behavior/psychological services, medical services, speech and occupational therapies, special education teachers and trained residential staff.


NATSAP is proud to shine the spotlight on our wonderful member programs. If you would like to participate, please e-mail with your program description.

SAMHSA Announces Several Upcoming Webinars

SAMHSA Webinar: National Prevention Week 2015

The Power of Social Media: Reaching the Prevention Community

April 9, 2015 | 11 a.m. Eastern Time

SAMHSA invites you to participate in a 1-hour webinar on how to use social media to promote your organization and National Prevention Week 2015.

The webinar, The Power of Social Media: Reaching the Prevention Community, will:

  • Present communications trends and tools, and provide guidance on methods for effectively addressing the communication challenges of today.
  • Provide techniques for how to promote and participate in online conversations about prevention and National Prevention Week, and include case studies on how organizations are already using social media to discuss prevention.
  • Help organizations leverage digital tools to ensure that more individuals and communities alike are promoting the importance of prevention and helping people lead healthy, productive lives in their communities.

Presenters: Kaitlin Abell, SAMHSA, and Aleena Hasnain, Edelman Public Relations Note: The webinar will be recorded and posted on the National Prevention Week website following the presentation.

How To Participate in the Webinar Register for the Webinar Join the Webinar Dial-In: 1-719-325-2073 / Passcode: 202-756-2428

Save the Date for Two Upcoming Webinars

“Happy Hour” Restrictions: From Theory to Practice

May 6, 2015 | 2 p.m. Eastern Time

Join SAMHSA in learning more about this environmental approach to reducing underage and high-risk drinking among college students through restrictions on low-price, high-volume drink specials.

Presenters: James Mosher, J.D., Alcohol Policy Specialist, and Ted Mahony, Chief, Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission

Responding to the Prescription Misuse Epidemic: Promising Prevention Programs and Useful Resources

May 20, 2015 | 2 p.m. Eastern Time

Join a National Prevention Week webinar on prescription misuse and addiction. The webinar will describe the relationship between prescription opiates and heroin, then discuss alternatives to opiates in treating acute and chronic pain. It will explain how to tell if you or someone you know might have an opiate problem. It will review the problems of prescription drugs in the workplace and dangers of sharing drugs at work. It will also discuss what employers are allowed to ask employees about their prescription use, including variations by occupation. It will then describe the youth “study drug” epidemic. The webinar will close with a review of promising prevention efforts focused on community-based prescription misuse and the fact sheets and tools available from SAMHSA to support them.

Presenters: Deborah Galvin, Ph.D., Division of Workplace Programs, SAMHSA; Georgia Karuntzos, Ph.D., Vice President, Research Triangle Institute; Sandra Lapham, M.D., Director, Behavioral Health Resource Center of the Southwest, Pacific Institute for Research & Evaluation; Ted Miller, Ph.D., Pacific Institute for Research & Evaluation and Director of SAMHSA’s Preventing Prescription Abuse in the Workplace Technical Assistance Center; and Christopher Ringwalt, Ph.D., University of North Carolina Injury Prevention Resource Center

Registration information will be sent at a later date.

National Prevention Week 2015 Is May 17–23

Daily Health Themes:

Monday, May 18: Prevention of Tobacco Use

Tuesday, May 19: Prevention of Underage Drinking and Alcohol Abuse

Wednesday, May 20: Prevention of Opioid and Prescription Drug Abuse

Thursday, May 21: Prevention of Illicit Drug Use and Youth Marijuana Use

Friday, May 22: Prevention of Suicide

Saturday, May 23: Promotion of Mental Health and Wellness