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Changing Brains, Lives, Symposium

Changing Brains, Changing Lives


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

Stay tuned for the 2017 Conference Agenda Document

Stay tuned for the 2017 Conference Grid

The 2016 roster of best-selling authors and experts include

Heather Bryant, M.Ed

is the Director of Innovation and Impact for Momentous Institute. She has worked in the education field for 27 years. Heather graduated from Texas A&M with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, and from the University of North Texas with a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education.

Michele Kinder, M.Ed, LPC

is the Executive Director of Momentous Institute in Dallas, TX. She has worked in the field of children’s mental health for the last 18 years. She graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts and the University of Texas with a Master’s in Educational Psychology.

Sandy Nobles, M.Ed 

is a 38-year veteran in education. Nobles began working with the Momentous Institute in 2006 as the school principal and now also serves as the Director of Education. She graduated from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Science and went on to obtain her master’s degree in Education and Principal Certification from A&M Commerce.


Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D

is the co-author of the New York Times Best Selling Books The Whole Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline. She is a psychotherapist and the Executive Director of The Center for Connection in Pasadena, California, where she offers parenting consultations and provides therapy to children and adolescents. She keynotes conferences and conducts workshops for parents, educators, and clinicians all over the world

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.

Dirk Schultz 

Dirk combines the world of fitness with mindful movement. He focuses on high intensity training with intention by teaching participants strategies they can use to work within while working out. Dirk designs and implements programs to unblock and overcome obstacles to help people live their full potential in both their personal and professional lives. Dirk is a fitness professional, Life/Corporate/Wellness Coach, program designer and educator. He activates the power of intention in peoples’ personal and professional lives, guiding them to reach their full potential and goals.


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

CEU Provider

CeDARs is an affiliate organization that provides CEUs in the state of Colorado for LPC, LMFT, and LCSW. Participants will receive 6.0 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, 2016.

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+


Before August 1, Early Bird: 1st: $150; $190.00 for professionals seeking CEUs.

Before September 14th, General Admission: $170.00; $210.00 for professionals seeking CEUs.

Post General: $200.00; $210.00 for professionals seeking CEUs.

Registrants may receive 15% off when you register three or more from your organization.


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



Betty Jane Schuss Donor Advised Fund

at the Aspen Community Foundation

Rose Community Foundation

Aspen Brain Lab

Basalt Education Foundation

  • 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.