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Changing Brains, Lives, Symposium

October 19-20th 2017

Changing Brains, Changing Lives explores the neurosciences of the developing brain. Nationally recognized professionals in the field provide education and strategies to support and enhance the brain development at home, in the classroom, in clinical settings, and in the community, specifically in areas of mindfulness and will power.

Join us as we empower our youth, our parents, and our community in establishing greater awareness and appreciation of mental wellness.

10.19 MOUNTAIN CHALET 630-830PM
WILLPOWER: THE SCIENCE OF SELF-CONTROL:
5 KEY TEACHINGS FROM DECISION-NEUROSCIENCE

10.20 GANT ASPEN 830AM-415PM
THE NEED TO BELONG: THE OUTSIDER, MINDFULNESS, AND THE SEARCH FOR MEANING

YOUTH SYMPOSIUM (MIDDLE-HIGHSCHOOL)
10.20 GANT ASPEN 445-545PM

GROWING UP STRESSED? OR GROWING UP MINDFUL?

 2017 Conference AGENDA

The 2017 roster of best-selling authors and experts include

Dr. Christopher Willard (PsyD)

is a psychologist and educational consultant based in Boston specializing in mindfulness with young people.  He has been practicing meditation for nearly 20 years, and leading workshops internationally on the topic of mindfulness with young people. He currently serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and is the president of the Mindfulness in Education Network. He is the author of Child’s Mind (2010) Growing Up Mindful (2016) Raising Resilience (2017) and three other books. He teaches at Harvard Medical School.

TOPICS COVERED: The neuroscience of mindfulness / Approaches that address compassion, suffering and ‘otherness’ / Mindfulness and compassion as a social contagions.

Christopher La Tourette La Riche, MD

is a board-certified psychiatrist, award-winning psychotherapist and board-certified addiction psychiatrist. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and specializes in treating patients with addictive disorders, anxiety, depression, panic disorder, bipolar disorder and adult ADHD. He received degrees from Yale and Columbia University, and his medical degree from the Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico.

TOPICS COVERED: Advantages of belonging to a group / Understanding the OUTSIDER and detriments to social exclusion / Risk of addiction, depression, inflammation, alterations in endocrine/stress system / Neuroscience and overlap between social pain and physical pain / Neuroscience informing psychotherapy, parenting, life decisions / Finding purpose and the search for meaning

Audience

Educators, mental health professionals, corporations, parents, and community members.

CEU Provider

CeDARs is an affiliate organization that provides CEUs through NAADAC for mental health and addiction professionals. Participants will receive 5.5 hours of CEU credits for the one-day conference. Educators will receive a certificate of attendance for the conference.

Location & Accommodation

The conference will be held at the Gant Hotel. A block of rooms has been reserved at a discounted rate for conference attendees. Discounted rates are available. Please contact them for accommodations, and mention Aspen Strong Symposium room block. The group rate is available until September 14, 2017.

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you are interested in being a sponsor for the 2017 Changing Brains, Changing Lives Symposium, please CLICK HERE or contact Christina King.

PLATINUM- $10,000+
GOLD – $5,000+
SILVER – $2,500+
BRONZE- $1,000+

Cost

Before September 1, Early Bird: 1st: $125; $150.00 for professionals seeking CEUs.

Before October 13th, General Admission: $175.00; $200.00 for professionals seeking CEUs.

Post General: $195.00; $220.00 for professionals seeking CEUs.

Grants have been provided for those in need of subsidized support – please contact info@aspenstrong.org.

Questions

Please contact Christina King at (215) 833-5817.

WE ARE PROUD TO RECOGNIZE OUR 2017 SPONSORS

Betty Jane Schuss Donor Advised Fund

at the Aspen Community Foundation

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ROSE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

WE ARE PROUD TO RECOGNIZE OUR COMMUNITY PARNTERS

ASPEN BRAIN LAB

  • Lawrence Altman, CBD Trading & ASF donor.

    I realized younger in life that it was important to help other people any way I could. I have been involved in many causes that I thought were important, but mental health as dominated my interest. My own mental health struggles led me to a wonderful doctor and through him I started the Aspen Mental Health Fund which lead me to an amazing young woman Christina King. Christina brought the Aspen Strong Foundation idea to me. I was so impressed with her incredible energy and determination to make a difference in the world of mental health that it had become my passion as well. I believe we help many people who desperately need it. We are determined to rid people of the stigma of getting help for mental health issues. I am proud to be involved with Aspen Strong!

  • Ericka Anderson, MA LPC, Trauma Specialized Psychotherapist in Roaring Fork Valley & ASF Provider

    Because of Aspen Strong there is a place to turn to when someone needs help. I am deeply appreciative of their commitment to mental health in our valley.

  • Amanda Friend, Valley Settlement Project (2015 Symposium)

    I am so grateful to the Aspen Strong Foundation for bringing such amazing information and experts to our valley. I walked away from this symposium with a toolbox of strategies for immediate implementation that I use with my students, my children, and myself. I am a better parent, better teacher, and better self after this amazing experience.

  • Christopher May, Forum Phi founding partner and ASF event sponsor

    We felt that mental illness is under-addressed by society and Aspen Strong fills this gap locally. Your mind is an organ like any other and deserves treatment and resources. One single point of contact and coordination is especially helpful for the most in need, the young and the poor.