CYC-Net Webinar - Never Enough: Working with Addictive Behaviors

  • 1 Aug 2023
  • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Webinar


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Webinar Provided by CYC Net in Partnership with ACRC

$20 Registration Fee ACRC Members
$40 Registration Fee Non-Members

Never Enough: Working with Addictive Behaviors

Tuesday, August 1, 2023
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CT

What do we know?  What do we think we know?  What do we want to know?

In our work with families and children who are struggling to survive, much less thrive – addiction is often a part of the equation.  We have received so much conflicting information about how to even view the issue of addiction – as a disease?  As a moral dilemma?  An example of insufficient personal fortitude?  And what role does race, social status, power and politics play into it?  Nothing?  Everything?  No wonder we are confused about what the answers are…we aren’t even sure what the questions should be. This training may leave you with more questions than answers…but maybe they will be the right ones.  


Michelle Maikoetter, MA, NCC, LPC-S
Chief Program Officer, Cal Farley Boy's Ranch

Michelle Maikoetter has a Master’s Degree in Counseling and retains licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Texas, as well as a National Certified Counselor and a LPC-Supervisor.

For over 30 years, she has worked in a variety of settings with youth and families including domestic violence/sexual assault, juvenile justice, after school programming, and wilderness programming.  The majority of her roles have been administrative positions and she feels the strongest connection serving in residential education settings and is passionate about ensuring leadership and programmatic systems are aligned. 

Since 2007, Michelle has been a leader at Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch in Texas, one of the largest nonprofit residential childcare facilities in the United States.  Housed in the middle of the campus is a “special purpose” school - Boys Ranch Independent School District, educating K-12 students. 

Currently serving as their Chief Program Officer she has led the organization’s transformation from a behavioral modification program into a healing, trauma-informed community. Working collaboratively with Boys Ranch ISD has galvanized these efforts. 

This transformation was in large part due to the relationship built with Dr. Bruce Perry and receiving training on his Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics beginning in 2009.  Michelle was one of the first Mentors named by Dr. Perry and Boys Ranch was among the first residential facilities to become Phase II site certified in the model.  This expertise has attracted clinicians and facilities around the country and the world seeking consultation and support from Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch under Ms. Maikoetter’s leadership.

As a long-time member of the Neurosequential Network, Michelle was named their Director of Special Projects (aka “the Sheriff) and plays a leadership role in organizing, managing and facilitating collaboration in the Neurosequential Model (NM) across programs, particularly when there is a high concentration of programs in a geographical area or a high-volume, complex collaboration in a single location. Currently, her two major areas of focus are in Arizona and TexasMichelle’s leadership in coordinating and communicating will be essential in optimizing the implementation and effectiveness of the NM as it expands in these settings.