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Trauma Informed Counseling for Older Adults

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Watch Trauma Informed Counseling for Older Adults on YouTube.

Many older adults have been exposed to trauma in their lifetime. They may have been exposed to violence, discrimination, natural disasters or have survived a past crime.

The accumulation of past trauma experiences can exacerbate symptoms related to a current trauma.

In this webinar, attendees will learn:

  • the importance of referring older survivors of crime to counseling services, 
  • the factors that increase an older adult's risk for future victimization,
  • how counseling services can help a survivor and aid in your professional role,
  • and what types of counseling resources are available to older adults.

Issues pertaining to cultural sensitivity and ethical dilemmas will be explored.


Sheri Gibson, PhD

Dr. Gibson received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Geropsychology from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS). She is an instructor and clinical supervisor for the Psychology Department at UCCS and a faculty affiliate with the UCCS Gerontology Center.  Dr. Gibson serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, is a member of the Research Committee for the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA), and a member of the Pikes Peak Elder Abuse Coalition.

Updated November 8, 2023

Elder Justice