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May 24, 2005

 Colorado Alliance For Cruelty Prevention

Meeting Participants

  • Theresa Abeyta, Colorado Department of Human Services
  • Diane Balkin, Denver DA’s Office
  • Joan Casey, Animal Assistance Foundation
  • John Cogley, CCA Trauma and DVT
  • Kay Dahlinger, City of Aurora
  • Aura Leigh Ferguson, Animal Advocate
  • Guido Gonzalez-Lewis, Dumb Friends League
  • Judy Gordon, Consultant to CBA
  • Bill Henry, Metro State College
  • Michelle Miller, CBA
  • Corey Price, Dumb Friends League
  • Barbara Riedell, Trainer
  • Bill Riedell, Deacon
  • Kathleen Schoen, CBA
  • Martha Smith, CFAWA




Next Meeting

Tuesday June 28, 2005, 12:00-1:30PM at CBA, 3rd floor small conference room (bring your own lunch).  CACP member Bill Henry of the Department of Psychology, Metro State College, will present information on the study he has been conducting asking students to self-report their perpetration of animal abuse. Over 600 students have participated in the study to date.





  • Kath conducted a train-the-trainers session by giving an abbreviated version of the 90-minute training she presents on behalf of CACP.
  • She showed her PowerPoint presentation (many slides taken from Diane’s presentation) and distributed a handout of the slides. The additions Kath made to Diane’s presentation focus on domestic violence and Bruce Perry’s work on the violence model and brain development and trauma.
  • It was noted that each trainer would do some customizing of Diane’s presentation, depending on their audiences and their own expertise and interests.
  • Kath emphasized (as Diane does, also) that statistics in the presentation must be current. is an excellent resource for those statistics.



  • Joan shared the good news that the Animal Assistance Foundation has awarded CACP $5,000 (of the $10,000 that was requested) to expand its service area to the rest of the state and to develop additional communication tools.
  • A steering committee will spearhead plans for the use of those funds. Kay, Corey, and Barbara agreed to serve on that steering committee.


Training and Training Resources

  • There are no new requests for training other than the ones Michelle announced at last month’s meeting.
  • But all members are encouraged to volunteer to be trainers – and to develop their own presentation – especially now that funding has been received to help pay for trainers’ travel.
  • It was suggested that all trainers’ PowerPoint presentations be available to all other CACP trainers to reduce duplication of effort and to share good resources. Diane’s presentation is currently available on CD from Michelle; Kath’s presentation will be made available on CD; and Corey’s presentation will be made available on CD. When Kay conducts training for probation folks in Glenwood Springs in September, her presentation will be made available on CD. Each presentation will be labeled with the audience for which it was designed. These resources will be listed on the CACP intranet site (
  • Another resource is attending any of Diane’s trainings. She welcomes any members to do so. Contact Diane directly for details.
  • Martha indicated a concern about doing training – she worries she won’t be able to answer participants’ questions. Other trainers indicated that each audience is different and will always have questions that the presenter will not have the answers for at the time of the training. It is reasonable to take the question and the participant’s contact info and get back to them after checking with other CACP members for the answers. A trainer can also be selective about the audience to which they present – if they feel most comfortable with animal welfare professionals versus probation officers, they can say “yes” to the first and “no” to the second when asked to do training.
  • It is also a good idea to leave behind a listing of other CACP members as resources – we are our own best support system.
  • Members concurred that in all trainings’ participants like to tell their own stories (sometimes more than asking questions). And the issue can become how to limit the time stories take in the presentation.


Log of Trainings

  • Judy will continue to keep a log of trainings on the Intranet site. Members can send her that info as they have it.



Minutes prepared by Judy Gordon