Colorado is a large and diverse state. Recognizing the need for tailored technical assistance, the CCASA Regional Training & Assistance Program (RTAP) is designed to leverage victim/survivor advocates within Colorado communities in order to provide on-the-ground, in-person training and technical assistance to CCASA members while elevating the statewide advocacy expertise beyond the coalition.
How Communities Benefit
CCASA member agencies across Colorado will benefit from direct peer support from CCASA Regional Specialists working in the victim/survivor advocacy field in Colorado. Service providers can contact the Regional Specialists for consultation on a specific issue or case or to facilitate CCASA-sponsored training in their community or at their agency.
Regional Specialists may train on the following topics as well as those listed as their areas of expertise below:
- Victim Impact and Trauma Response
- SART Development & Sustainability
- Sex Offender Dynamics
- Intimate Partner Sexual Violence
- Sexual Assault 101
- Advanced Sexual Assault Dynamics
- Colorado Legislative Update
*NOTE: RTAP is only available to CCASA members.
Meet the CCASA Regional Specialists
Four Regional Specialists from CCASA member agencies work as contractors to provide training and technical assistance to CCASA members and their community partners across Colorado. Regional Specialists have both regional experience as well as experience within specific areas of expertise (i.e. serving survivors with intellectual/developmental disabilities, SART development, advocacy to Spanish-speaking survivors, campus advocacy, etc.).
Current Job: SART & CCR Coordinator, Hilltop’s Tri-County Resources
Current Location: Delta, CO
Chip’s areas of expertise include:
• SART creation and development
• Leadership Coaching
• Marketing and PR
• Focus groups and facilitation
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Chip Meneley is the SART and CCR coordinator for Delta, Montrose and Ouray counties located in rural western Colorado. Chip was hired in 2010 as an advocate for Hilltop’s Tri-County Resources, a community based, dual domestic violence and sexual assault program providing shelter and outreach services for the previously mentioned 3 counties. Chip was promoted to Program Supervisor in 2011. He currently oversees the day-to-day operations of an emergency crisis shelter in Delta, CO, is responsible for support and supervision of staff advocates and gives numerous sexual assault and domestic violence awareness presentations and trainings.
Chip maintains a private practice, Confluence Coaching, LLC, focusing on business, organizational and life coaching. He received his Life and Business Coaching certification from the Coaches Training Institute in 2009. Chip also has undergraduate degree in Psychology, from the University of Texas at Austin. Before working in the sexual assault and domestic violence movement, Chip had a successful 20 year career in sales and marketing. Chip is an unabashed “fun hog”, spending his free time mountain biking, white water rafting, fly fishing, skiing and hiking with his family in Paonia, CO.
Current Job: Director of Marketing and Development, The Arc of Aurora
Location: Aurora, CO
Jean’s areas of expertise include:
• Understanding people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (training, co-advocacy with disability advocates, intake forms and process, publications, etc.)
• Training development – goals to objectives to implementation
• Grant writing strategy and support
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Jean has worked at The Arc of Aurora with and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) for 22 years. For the past 12 years she has coordinated the organization’s work raising awareness about the incidence and prevalence of perpetration of crimes against people with I/DD, as well as developing and implementing education opportunities for responders to those crimes. Jean is the editor of The Arc of Aurora’s monthly victimization publication, VTrail, and of the organization’s monthly membership newsletter. She also coordinates fundraising events for The Arc of Aurora.
Jean’s Master’s work led her to the Alzheimer’s Association where she worked before coming to The Arc of Aurora. She headed its national office’s education department in Chicago and first volunteered for and then worked in fundraising for its Denver Chapter when she and her husband transferred to the Denver area. Jean’s undergraduate degree is in education, and she’s taught at the middle school, high school and college levels.
Current Job: Assistant Director for Victim Services, CSU Women & Gender Advocacy Center
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Kathryn’s areas of expertise include:
• Issues related to victim advocacy on college campuses
• Confidentiality and ethics
• Inclusiveness and social justice
• Grant writing and program development
• Hotline/advocacy development and training
• Trauma-informed care and services
• Intersections of intimate partner violence and sexual assault
- Advocacy vs. Therapy services at your agency, understanding the difference
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Kathryn Woods, MSW MPA LCSW is the Assistant Director for Victim Services at the Women and Gender Advocacy Center at Colorado State University. Kathryn coordinates victim services for the CSU campus, including the 24-hour Victim Assistance Team advocacy hotline. Kathryn obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University in 1997 and her Master of Social Work from Arizona State University in 1999. Kathryn then spent 8 years coordinating crisis and victim services for a non-profit agency in Arizona, where she obtained her clinical license and became an experienced grant writer and manager. Kathryn moved to Colorado in 2007 and began her work at Colorado State University while completing a second Master’s in Domestic Violence Program Management from the University of Colorado Denver in 2010. She then began her studies toward a PhD in social work at CSU, and she is currently in her 5th year of that program researching ethical dilemmas in college campus victim advocacy. Kathryn is an experienced instructor and trainer on topics related to sexual assault and intimate partner violence. She is involved with CCASA on the Inclusiveness Team and Survivor Task Force. Kathryn loves reading and snuggling with her 3 dogs and sings with the Denver Women’s Chorus.
To learn more about the Regional Specialists and RTAP, contact Agueda Morgan, Director of Programs, at email@example.com or 303.839.9999.