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Changing Brains Changing Lives | 2019 Symposium

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October 22nd-23rd, 2019

Changing Brains, Changing Lives is a collaborative effort with valley wide partners to provide the Roaring Fork Valley with an educational opportunity for community members, professionals, and mental health workers to increase their emotional literacy and empower their understanding and awareness of mental health for them self, family, and community.

The symposium focuses on the neurosciences of the brain providing education and strategies to support and enhance our ability to be present in this moment and resilient to future challenges.

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2019 roster of best-selling authors and experts include:

Keyon L. Dooling


Keyon Dooling is a retired professional basketball player who enjoyed 13 exciting seasons in the NBA with teams that include the LA Clippers, New Jersey Nets, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Memphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks and the Boston Celtics. Mr. Dooling served 8 years on the NBPA’s Executive Committee in numerous roles, including 6 years as a Union VP, 3 years as 1st VP and a role on the NBA’s Competition Committee. Since Keyon’s retirement, he’s become a successful entrepreneur, motivational speaker, certified life coach and author releasing his autobiography in 2014 entitled, “What’s Driving You? How I Overcame Abuse and Learned to Lead in the NBA”

Georgie Wisen-Vincent, LMFT, RPT-S

Managing Director and Head of Faculty for The Play Strong Institute

Georgie Wisen-Vincent, LMFT, RPT-S is the Managing Director and Head of Faculty for The Play Strong Institute, a continuing education and training organization for professionals and parents. She is a Teaching Professor in the Play Therapy Program at Loma Linda University and a Clinical Supervisor of Play Therapy Practicum at the Loma Linda Behavioral Health Institute. Georgie maintains a private practice working with children and families at The Center for Connection, headed by Tina Payne Bryson, PhD. She is a frequent speaker to parents and professional audiences on the topics of Play Therapy, Collaborative Parent-Child Play, and the Neuroscience of Play.

Cherise Northcutt, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Cherise Northcutt, PhD is a clinical psychologist specializing in working with young children, birth to five, and children and their families who have experienced significant struggles and vulnerabilities. She is a mentor with Dr. Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics and a certified trainer in Touchpoints, Trauma Informed Systems, Ages and Stages Developmental and Social-Emotional Assessment, and Zero to Three’s Growing Brain Curriculum. She has several publications on the Diagnostic Criteria for Young Children and developed the diagnostic guidelines for the DC: 0-3 and DC: 0-3R. She has served as a health psychologist at a major medical center, trained doctoral and masters level clinicians, provided clinical consultation to Sacramento County’s mental health birth to five programs and was the director for mental health programs at a children’s hospital.

Symposium Events Schedule

Community Event
& Panel Discussion

Wheeler Opera House
Tuesday October 22nd

For community members, business leaders, professionals, parents, teachers.

5:30 – 5:45 pm- Opening Statements
5:45 – 6:30 pm- Keyon Dooling
6:30 – 6:45 pm- Play As A Means Of Communicating
6:45 – 7:20 pm- Organized Panel Discussion

Professional Workshop
& Panel Discussion

Gant Conference Center
Wednesday October 23rd

For clinicians, teachers, professionals.

8 – 8:30 am- Registration
8:30 – 9 am- Opening Statements & Inspirational Speech By Keyon Dooling
9 am – 2 pm- Intensive Workshop & Lunch
2 – 2:30 pm- Panel Discussion



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

CEU Provider

Continuing Education Hours provided by the Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation (CeDAR). CeDAR is a NAADAC Approved Education Provider #693

Participants will receive 5.1 NAADAC Continuing Education Hours for the day event. and 3.2 NAADAC Continuing Education Hours for the community event. Educators will receive a certificate of attendance for the conference.

Location & Accommodation

The Intensive Workshop will will be from 8:30am to 2:30pm at the Gant Aspen including lunch, workshop sessions, and a panel discussion. 

The Evening community event will be hosted at the Wheeler Opera House from 5-7:20pm premiering Keyon Dooling sharing his personal story and hosting community leaders and other symposium speakers in a dialogue around the importance of COMMUNICATION. 

Hotel accommodations are recommended at the Gant Hotel. Discounted rooms are available before September or until filled. Please inform them you are a symposium attendee.

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you are interested in being a sponsor for the 2019 Changing Brains, Changing Lives Symposium, please review 2019 Symposium Sponsor Packet or contact Emily Supino at

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


Intensive Workshop Tickets:

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Community Event  Tickets:

Row 2&3: $2000 sponsored seat. Row 4&6: $1000 sponsored seat. Student tickets (must show ID) $15. General Admission: $40

All tickets can be purchased through the Wheeler Opera House.


CLICK HERE to complete a SCHOLARSHIP REQUEST for October 22nd event only.
All applicants will be notified of their acceptance.

Discounts and Benefits


Please contact Emily Supino at (970) 718-2842‬.



Louis’ Swiss Pastry

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    "This was a very effective presentation and helped numerous employees connect to local resources and improve their mental hygiene. We will want to do it again," 2018 Workplace Partner

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    "In Aspen we spend so much time talking about and working on our physical and spiritual fitness, but for some reason we completely ignore our mental wellness. Its as if we believe mental illness is reserved for those far removed from us, as if we are too "fit" for that type of thing. I would argue there is a fine and precarious line between mental wellness and illness. It is our duty to all of the parts of ourselves to keep our minds strong. Aspen Strong aims to do just that through ensuring that valley wide there are resources available to each of us that assess and support our mental hygiene, our mental fitness and our mental wellness. We can't be well in our physical and spiritual realms if our mental selves are not part of the equation. We truly are as great as the sum of our parts."

    Lady Fuller, International Gifting Company

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    "Aspen Strong plays an essential role-- increasing awareness of community resources, decreasing stigma, and advocating for the most vulnerable.  Their annual symposium empowers professionals in the community, and their year-round efforts educate and connect people to mental health resources in order to reduce substance abuse, mental health crises, and suicide.  By focusing on mental health hygiene and emotional literacy, as well as supporting the front line professionals, and promoting connections and various resources, Aspen Strong’s commitment to health wellness is inspiring."  

    Tina Payne Bryson, PhD; Co-author of The Yes Brain, and bestsellers The Whole-Brain Child, No-Drama Discipline; Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Connection & The Play Strong Institute

  • 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.