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              January 2013 Newsletter



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In our November 2012 newsletter, we introduced you to the Neurosequential Model in Education (NME), our newest application of developmentally-informed, trauma-sensitive practices specifically designed for use in educational settings.  Next week we are thrilled to launch the inaugural NME Training Series - a five-week, practice-based Training Series targeting educators and caregivers using the same combination of didactic and case-based learning that we use in our long-running NMT Case-based Training Series. Thank you to NME Project Director, Steve Graner, for all of his work over the past year in bringing this moment to fruition.  We are looking forward to sharing some of the other good work being carried out by our partners and Fellows.  Look to future issues of the Newsletter for updates. 



Michelle Maikoetter Joins CTA Group of Fellows  

Michelle Maikoetter, MA, NCC, LPC-S, is a ChildTrauma Academy Fellow and has been working in a variety of childcare settings for almost twenty years.  She grew up in Three Rivers, TX and completed her post-graduate work at Stephen F. Austin State University.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor, a National Certified Counselor, and has received training in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

     Michelle began her first six years in childcare at a long term, residential wilderness camp in East Texas.  This period of time influenced and set a strong foundation for experiential learning and a strength-based perspective.   Her experience has mainly been with children and adolescents - in residential programming, wilderness

 programming, after school programming, juvenile justice, and domestic violence/sexual assault outreach and counseling.  Michelle has served in the role of program development and/or administration in each of these areas. 

      Michelle's professional interests include creating a holistic program for professional parenting including brain friendly information, utilizing daily learning opportunities, and using professionals as caregiver consultants rather than direct service providers. She is also interested in teaching and applying growth, learning, and neurodevelopment principles across all levels of an organization - not just to children in care. 

      Currently, Michelle serves as the Administrator of Program Development at Cal Farley's Boys Ranch in Boys Ranch, TX, one of the largest non-profit residential childcare facilities in the United States.  She is responsible for training, crisis intervention, counselling, and developing a daily "operational guide" for professional parents in a residential, group setting. 

Dr. Gene GriffinG.Griffin Named MacArthur Foundation's "Champion for Change"

CTA congratulates Fellow Dr. Gene GriffinAssistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine on his recent honor: Dr. Griffin was named by the MacArthur Foundation-supported Models for Change initiative as a Champion for Change in juvenile justice reform for his work in mental health for juveniles in the justice system.  "Gene's experience with, knowledge of and dedication to serving youth with mental health needs in the juvenile justice system is unparalleled," said Julie Biehl, Children and Family Justice Center, Northwestern University Law School. "He has worked in nearly every child serving system in Illinois and with his unusual J.D./Ph.D. training, he's uniquely qualified to impact the future of juvenile justice systems across the nation."

     Griffin was a founding member of the Models for Change Mental Health/Juvenile Justice Action Network team in Illinois. He was lead developer for the Mental Health Training Curriculum for Juvenile Justice geared toward non-clinical staff working in juvenile justice settings, like detention centers and correctional facilities. His firsthand experience working in similar settings was as valuable as his clinical knowledge of the field's increased understanding of childhood trauma.

"Gene's work has resulted in the development of a new training tool that every state in our Action Network is using," said Kathy Skowyra, Associate Director of the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice. "Without question, there has been no one within the network who has had the kind of impact that he has had on the juvenile justice system and its response to youth with mental health needs."

Cal Farley logo Cal Farley's Boys Ranch Becomes NMT Flagship Site 
Cal Farley's Boys Ranch in Amarillo, TX is a large, privately-funded, nonprofit child and family service organization specializing in both residential and community-based services at no cost to the children and families in their care. 
     Cal Farley's began NMT Site Certification Training in 2010 and recently completed the full Training Certification process.  We are pleased to welcome them in 2013 to our distinguished group of Flagship Sites.  CTA Flagship sites distinguish themselves through demonstrated creativity and excellence in various program actives and a willingness to share with, and learn from, colleagues and other programs.  Flagship Sites work with CTA and the NMT Network to continue improving practice elements, create outcome-based modifications in implementation, and work to generate quality evidence in context of developmentally sensitive, trauma-informed programs upon which to develop and refine "evidence-based" practice within their organization and the broader community.  
In closing, we want to thank all of our NMT Certification Sites for their time and commitment to NMT Model. We work with a fantastic group of organizations across the globe, and they are helping us make great strides in the development and implementation of our model.  
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Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D.
The ChildTrauma Academy