90% of adults 65 and older have been exposed to at least one potentially traumatic event during their lifetime.

With increased demands on social service providers called in to managing distress in response to complex life situations, traumatic stress, and elder abuse, social service providers are overwhelmed, burned out, and often at a loss for how to help.

Trauma Informed Care with Older Adults


-6 CE Ethics Credits-

In this course you'll ...

>> Learn the basics of trauma, including trauma theory, prevalence of trauma among older adults, and how trauma impacts physical and mental health over the life span.

>> Discover trauma screening tools for health care and senior care systems.

>> Gain insight into the principles of Trauma Informed Care as defined by SAMHSA.

>> Learn how to apply Trauma Informed Care in health care, senior care, and home-based settings.

>> Explore methods for integrating anti-oppression, cultural humility, and equity and ways to ensure health care/senior care for all

>> Gain strategies for building psychological safety and reducing the risk of vicarious trauma or secondary stress for yourself and your workforce.

Course Description:

Approximately 90% of older adults have experienced a traumatic event and these experiences can have lasting effects on their well-being (Bryant et al., 2017). It is worth noting that PTSD symptoms in older adults may manifest differently than in younger populations (Bryant et al., 2017). Recognizing the unique impact of trauma on older adults and minoritized older adults, more specifically, is essential for providing compassionate and culturally responsive care. Trauma in the context of their intersecting identities can have a profound and lasting impact on their well-being across the lifespan (Bryant et al., 2017).


Trauma-informed care is an approach that recognizes the widespread impact of trauma and seeks to address it by creating a safe empowering and healing environment for patients (O’Donnell et al., 2017). Cultural humility on the other hand emphasizes the need for healthcare providers to approach patients with an open and respectful attitude recognizing that each patient’s cultural background experiences and beliefs shape their health and well-being (O’Donnell et al., 2017). These frameworks share a common goal of promoting patient-centered care that is sensitive to individual needs and experiences.


This 6-hour workshop is designed for health care and senior care providers working with older adults. In this interactive workshop, participants will discover the impact of traumatic stress on health and well-being, deepen their understanding of racism-based trauma and identify how it impacts minoritized individuals across the lifespan, learn to apply the principles of Trauma Informed Care and cultural humility, and gain tools for implementing culturally responsive Trauma Informed Care in social service and senior care settings.


Learning Objectives:

1.    Demonstrate 3 ways in which older adults may be more vulnerable to post-traumatic stress reactions.

2.    Describe racism-based trauma and identify how it impacts minoritized individuals across the lifespan

3.    List the 6 Principles of Trauma Informed Care as defined by SAHMSA, 2014.

4.    Define cultural humility and the benefits of integrating cultural humility in trauma informed care

5.    Apply Trauma Informed Care (TIC) and Cultural Humility Principles in Senior Care and Home Based Care settings using vignettes


9-10:30 - Cultural Humility, Equity, and TIC – 90min

·     Differentiate Cultural Competence, Humility, and Equity, including the 5 principles of cultural humility

·     Link between TIC and Cultural Humility

·     Benefits of Integrating Trauma Informed Care and Cultural Humility

·     Understanding health disparities for marginalized/minoritized populations (gender differences, LGTBQ+, disability, non-English speakers, Migrant communities, age) and intersections therein.


10:30-10:45 Break


10:45- 12:15 - Trauma Basics (90min)

·     Trauma basics and general theory: what is trauma and how does it manifest?

·     Different types of traumatic experiences

·     Understanding trauma triggers

·     Racism-based trauma and minority stress: what is it and how does it impact people across the lifespan. Including the cumulative effects of racism-related stress

·     How trauma impacts the body and health conditions (physical and mental health) across the lifespan.

·     Trauma and unique considerations related to people living with chronic medical conditions

·     Prevalence of trauma among older adults

·     Trauma and unique considerations when working with older adults

·     The role of trauma in suicidal behavior

·     Important role of resilience in older adults

·     Trauma screening tools for healthcare and senior care systems


12:15-1:15 Lunch


1:15-2:45 - 6 Principles of Trauma Informed Care (TIC) – 90min

 ·     Review the 6 Principles of Trauma Informed Care (SAMHSA, 2014)

·     Benefits of Trauma Informed Care

·     Managing resistance to Trauma Informed Care

·     Applying Trauma Informed Care (TIC) in health care settings, senior care settings, home based settings


 2:45-3:00pm Break


3pm- 4:30pm TIC in practice– 90min

·     Framework for having difficult conversations

·     How to respond to complex interactions in which trauma may be playing a role

·     How to start a conversation about the recommendation for mental health care and refer

·     How to apologize when you misstep

·     The impact of trauma on health care providers

o  define secondary traumatic stress

o  vicarious trauma

·     Strategies to deal with secondary stress or vicarious trauma

·     Explore own experiences with trauma, focusing on the ways in which trauma impacts one’s work.

·     Tools to engage in a trauma informed reflective practice

·     How to care for yourself and create psychological safety among your team when providing TIC 

About the Presenters

Regina Koepp, PsyD, ABPP

Dr. Regina Koepp is a board certified clinical psychologist, gerontologist, and founder and CEO of the Center for Mental Health & Aging.- Your go-to place for mental health and aging. Dr. Koepp is a sought-after speaker and educator, and provides continuing education courses to professionals on topics surrounding mental health and aging as well as sexual health and aging.

Dr. Koepp was formerly a lead psychologist at University of Vermont Medical Center, Assistant Professor at Emory University Department of Psychiatry, and psychologist at the Atlanta VA Health Care System, where she provided direct patient care and consultation on the Geropsychiatry Outpatient Mental Health team for more than a decade and served on the VA Central Office’s Geriatric Mental Health Field Advisory Committee. 

Dr. Koepp is a contributing writer at Psychology Today and Psychotherapy Networker, where she discusses mental health and aging. She has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, Chicago Tribune, Next Avenue, AARP, and other national media outlets. 

Telsie Davis, PhD

Telsie A. Davis, PhD, is a licensed psychologist with 11 peer-reviewed publications; four book chapters; and hundreds of hours of education and training delivered through international, national, state, and local talks and workshops in the areas of evidence-based diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategies; and culturally responsive and empirically supported treatments for PTSD and co-morbid substance use.

Dr. Davis earned a B.S. in Applied Psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University, and completed pre- and postdoctoral training at Emory University School of Medicine (ESOM). At the Atlanta VA, she currently works as a Psychologist in Mental Health Specialty Services, Co-Chair of the APA-Accredited Psychology Training Program’s Diversity Rotation, and Co-Chair of the Mental Health Service Line DEI Committee.  At Emory School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, she serves as an Assistant Professor and Implicit Bias facilitator, and was a past Assistant Vice Chair of Faculty Development for DEI.  

Dr. Telsie Davis is also the Founder and Director of the Cultural Equity Institute, an organization whose mission is to eradicate racial and cultural inequities in mental health care through education, consultation, and advocacy so the American mental health care system can help every client thrive at their fullest potential.

What Students Are Saying About Dr. Koepp's Courses

"Dr. Koepp is phenomenally knowledgeable in this topic area. The examples used were relatable, applicable and relevant to my current practice and life and will vastly expand how I am able to assist several clients. Her presentation was culturally responsive to the needs of my clientele."

"Really enjoyed this training - was interested in content because I knew I didn't know what I needed to know but feel much more aware of working with folks and who/how to partner with caregivers or community entities to provide best levels of care if needed"

"Dr. Regina Koepp was definitely one of the more engaging speakers at the conference and I would very much enjoy hearing more from her in the future. The subject matter was also very interesting. I live in an area with many older people and the talk was very informative for not only my work, but for my opening my eyes and my heart to the older people around me. Thank you!"

What Qualifies this Course As A Certificate Program?

This 6-hour CERTIFICATE program was reviewed by licensed mental health professionals and subject matter experts who following in-depth review of this program, agreed that this program possesses the quality, depth, and breadth of training to merit certification in the stated topic.

Meet the Reviewers

Marissa Coleman, PsyD

Dr. Marissa N. Coleman is the Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Vermont Medical Center. She is a clinical psychologist and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont. Dr. Coleman has been a guest speaker at international conferences and media outlets including CNN Español, International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, and several local news outlets. She worked in multiple international contexts, particularly working with individuals and communities effected by human rights violations, conflict/war, torture, health epidemics, and trauma. Utilizing her expertise in social justice, traumatology, cultural and community psychologies, she seeks to contribute to local capacity building, infrastructure development, and culturally humble approaches to what is considered “best practice” in the areas of equity, belonging, and psychological well-being. She has worked in numerous countries including Jamaica, Brazil, Mexico, Kenya, and El Salvador. Notably, her work is impacted by her own multicultural background and transnational experiences. 

Jennifer Smith, PsyD

Dr. Jennifer Smith is a Geropsychologist and Geriatrics Psychology Program Manager. She is also an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine. She trains mental health professionals in the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Dr. Smith trains Psychology Interns and Postdoctoral Fellows in the use of Psychological Assessment. She is a graduate of the American Psychological Association Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology. Dr. Smith is a former President of the Georgia Psychological Association and a current Board Member of both the Georgia Psychological Association and the Georgia Psychological Foundation. She is the Georgia Representative for the American Psychological Association Council of Representatives. She believes being a psychologist is the best job in the world.

Jennifer Steiner, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Jennifer Steiner is a board certified clinical health psychologist, founder of Beyond the Body Health Psychology Services, LLC, Co-Director of Center for Mental Health & Aging’s Continuing Education Program, Adjunct Faculty at Emory School of Medicine, Board Member of the Georgia Psychology Association Board of Directors, Co-Chair of the Continuing Education Committee for Georgia Psychological Association, and Member of the Committee on Health Psychology and Integrated Practice. Dr. Steiner’s research and clinical practice focuses on chronic pain and interventions for chronic pain.

Endsley Real, LCSW, MPH

Endsley Real is a licensed clinical social worker. She has over 10 years of administrative experience in directing programs for those with substance use disorders, mental illness, and those living with HIV. Ms. Real is currently Chair of the Nominating Committee for Association of Social Work Boards charged with selecting the slate for the ASWB Board of Directors. She served for 5 years on the State of Georgia Composite Board for Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapist including 2 years as the board chair. Ms. Real obtained her MSW from Clark Atlanta University in 1997 and obtained an MPH from Emory University in 2014.

Traumatic Stress Reactions Can Increase With Age. Here's How:

  • Role changes and loss of independence may make coping with memories of earlier trauma more challenging.
  • Increase in stressors like retirement, health problems, decreased sensory abilities, reduced income, loss of loved ones, decreased social support, cognitive impairment, etc
  • Coping strategies used to manage post-traumatic stress symptoms in early and mid-life (e.g., over working or substance use), may be less effective or available in older adulthood.
  • PTSD symptoms may be more severe in people with cognitive impairment and dementia disorders

What Makes Us Different Than Other Continuing Education Companies?

  •  We are a mission-driven continuing education company that focuses solely on meeting the mental health needs of older adults.
  • Our presenters are at the top of their field and have proven expertise in the courses they teach. You'll have confidence knowing you're getting the very best training.
  •  We are a small, independent, woman-owned company. As licensed, board-certified clinical psychologist who works every day in clinical practice, founder, Dr. Regina Koepp understands what clinicians need.
  •  We include diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of our continuing education programs and strive to ensure that people historically left out of mental health care are included, not as an afterthought, but in everything we do.
  •  We provide topics that focus on the full aging experience, not just one corner of mental health care, like sexuality and aging and sexual consent in the context of dementia. No topic is off topic.

Continuing Education Approvals

Social Workers

Center for Mental Health & Aging, #1801, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Center for Mental Health & Aging maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/25/2023 – 03/25/2026. Social workers completing this course receive 6 continuing education ethics credits.


Center for Mental Health & Aging is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Center for Mental Health & Aging maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


Center for Mental Health and Aging (CMHA) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7230. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Center for Mental Health and Aging (CMHA) is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

Care Managers

CMHA is approved by the National Academy of Certified Care Managers (NACCM) as a continuing education provider, #21-905CMHA. This activity approved for 6 CMC contact hours.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs)

Center for Mental Health & Aging (CMHA), Provider #1032775, is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for California LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs. CMHA maintains responsibility for this program/course and it’s contents

Center for Mental Health & Aging is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. In many state licensing jurisdictions, APA approved continuing education programs qualify for LMFT CE credits. See what your state requires here.

About the Center for Mental Health & Aging (CMHA)

At CMHA, our goal is to de-stigmatize mental health and ensure older adults get the mental health care they need. Here's how we do it:

1. Training for Professionals

We provide evidence-based, culturally responsive and inclusive, continuing education training to mental health, senior care, and healthcare professionals. This helps to ensure that professionals have specialized training to meet the mental health needs of older adults.

2. Access to Licensed Mental Health Providers Who Specialize with Older Adults

We’re improving access to mental health care by building the only nationwide provider directory of licensed mental health providers who specialize with older adults.

3. Education & Resources for older Adults & Caregivers

We offer practical guides, articles, podcasts, tools, and online resources for helping older adults and caregivers navigate mental health, dementia, and caregiving needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

This recording of this course will be available on 12/5/23. This course is available live on 12/1/23 via Zoom (registration closed 11/20/23). You must attend LIVE to earn LIVE Ethics CE Credits. Attendance is taken for live participation. A Zoom link will be emailed following purchase. Registration for Live event closes 11/30/23. Can't attend live? No problem, when you register, you'll be automatically enrolled in the recorded version of this webinar- available on 12/5/23. You'll get instant access to the bonuses when you purchase this course (if you purchase within the "limited time offer" window).

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This is a limited time offer. To get access to the Ethical Dilemmas In Caring for Older Adults course at the "early bird" rate and the free bonuses, you must purchase by the deadline. If you miss the deadline, you can purchase these courses at their regular rates on our website here.

Participants will have their participation registered through the Center for Mental Health & Aging. To earn continuing education (CE) credits you must complete the following steps for on demand/pre-recorded courses::

Step 1: Attend 100% of the course. Attendance is tracked via the online platform.
Step 2: Successfully pass the course post-test (for pre-recorded courses only; You have a total of 3 attempts to pass the post-test).
Step 3: Complete the Course Program Evaluation & Attestation
Step 4: Download Your Certificate

Certificates of completion will be emailed immediately following submission of electronic survey and also available for download in the course platform. It's that simple!

Center for Mental Health & Aging is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in continuing education activities and will conduct all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. If participants have special needs, reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate them. Please contact [email protected] with questions, concerns or to request special accommodations.

CMHA will respond to grievances in a reasonable, ethical, and timely manner. Grievances may be submitted by course participants in writing to [email protected]. CMHA’s complete Grievance Procedure will be provided upon request. You may request Grievance Procedure by emailing [email protected].

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