Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Landon Kirk and I will be at IECA together and are hosting a dinner briefing to share some of the developments underway in our respective CALO East Coast programs.
Please join us for an evening of fine dining and conversation at the Aura Restaurant in the Boston Seaport World Trade Center just a short walk from the conference hotel on Thursday, May 5th, 7:30-9:30. To reserve your seat, please RSVP to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, I want to update you on team development at CALO Young Adults. As a critical aspect of delivering the highest quality services to our current population, we have enhanced our treatment team to include a licensed therapist who specializes in trauma treatment and two of my former lead wilderness staff. Meet the most recent additions to our team:
Mary earned her doctorate in counseling from Virginia Tech. She brings to CALO over 30 years of experience in the treatment of childhood trauma, mood disorders, executive functioning and related disorders, anxiety and eating disorders. She is trained in both EMDR and DBT. Mary believes helping students to increase self-awareness and resilience is essential to navigating the challenges they face as emerging adults.
Zach Pratt, B.S. – Director of Operatins received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Conservation and Management from Missouri State University in 2010.
Zach became a field staff for Second Nature in 2011; he boasts, “I’ve spent over 900 days in the wilderness working with kids!” He is Wilderness First Responder certified and holds certifications in conflict resolution and de-escalation strategies, and has extensively trained assertive communication and reflective listening skills to young people in treatment.
Zach is looking forward to overseeing operations and staff development to develop a culture of mutual support, respect, empathy and compassion. He is also enthusiastically exploring the many opportunities to integrate outdoor activities for weekend and expedition hiking and “leave no trace behind” (LNT) camping, biking, skiing, rafting and canoeing at CYAPratt, BS,
Lacy Ely, Neurofeedback Technician – worked as a field staff for SNWP for almost three years. She is a Certified Wilderness First Responder with additional certifications in conflict resolution and de-escalation strategies, and extensive training in teaching and coaching assertive communication and reflective listening skills to young people in treatment. As the neurofeedback technician, Lacy is passionate about the use of mindfulness techniques to empower young people to quickly reverse the nervous system responses. Lacy will split her time between NFB training sessions in the office and counseling/coaching our students at home and in the community.
We look forward to seeing you soon at IECA or CALO Young Adults in Winchester.
Kathleen E. Donovan, LCSW-C