About the Coalition

Our Mission

to promote statewide understanding of elder/at-risk adult abuse and the rights and protections available to elder and at-risk adults.


Since 1993, the Colorado Coalition for Elder Rights and Abuse Prevention (CCERAP) has established a secure reputation throughout Colorado for providing exceptional training opportunities and in-depth information, addressing the most challenging issues facing the elderly. CCERAP’s activities focus on the identification, prevention and treatment of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation (including financial exploitation). CCERAP provides education, training opportunities for professionals in the aging services network, and resources and referrals for all citizens of Colorado.

This is accomplished by quarterly training meetings, newsletters, a website, and collaboration with other organizations and agencies.

Please note: CCERAP is not a reporting site for the Mandatory Reporting law CRS 18-6.5-108.

Quarterly Trainings

Trauma-Informed Care for Elders

Presented by: Dr. Sheri Gibson, PhD.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Aurora City Hall – City Council Chambers
15151 E. Alameda Pkwy
Aurora, Colorado

This training will emphasize the importance of providing person-centered and trauma-informed care as a vital component to ensuring care recipients are involved in and respected for their individual differences and past traumatic experiences. Placing people at the center of their care has multiple benefits including improving the quality of services provided, helping people obtain the care they need when they need it, empowering people to be more active in their care, and reducing some of the pressures experienced by those working in law enforcement, protective agencies, and the helping professions. The training is tailored with the goal of better serving Colorado’s most vulnerable community members and their families while continuing to embrace a culture of partnership, collaboration, and individual empowerment.

Learning Objectives for Trauma-Informed Care Training

  • Understand what “trauma-informed” care means.
  • Understand why trauma-informed care is important in communities.
  • Learn how trauma-informed care can improve service quality.
  • Understand the impact that re-traumatizing events can have on a trauma survivor.
  • Increase competency in recognizing and responding to the effects of all types of trauma.
  • Appreciate the bio-psycho-social components of trauma-informed care to support survivors in rebuilding a sense of control and empowerment.

Who Should Attend? Social work practitioners, medical, psychologists and mental health, legal/judicial, law enforcement officials and personnel, home care placement agencies, court-appointed guardians and conservators, community-center board staff and clergy. All of the above – whether paid or unpaid.

Professional development CEU’s are available.


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CCERAP is supported by a grant from the Older Americans Act program within the Division of Aging and Adult Services, State Unit on Aging, Colorado Department of Human Services. CCERAP has received a grant from the Colorado Nursing Facility Culture Change Accountability Board, an organization devoted to providing education that supports continued transformation and evolution of long term care in Colorado.

The Cigna Foundation and the Wells Fargo Community Assistance Fund have provided grants for technical support of CCERAP activities during FY 2012-13.

Steering Committee

Troy Larson – Co-Chair

Dayton Romero – Co-Chair

Program Manager of Case Management Services

Silver Key Senior Services,

1625 S. Murray Blvd. Colorado Springs, Co. 80916


Betsy Hardy – Treasurer

Kyra Lanphier – Member

PACE Ombudsman

Denver Regional Council of Governments

Emily Heindel – Member

Adult Protection Caseworker

Larimer County Department of Human Services, APC

Fort Collins, Co.


Jenni Creasey – Member

Jewish Family Service/Senior Solutions Dept. Senior Solutions Operations Manager

3201 S. Tamarac Drive
Denver, CO 80231-4394


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