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Free Talk: Activating Masculine Archetypes, Embodiment Practice for Men

Join us for a free discussion on men’s embodiment practice, led by men’s leader Pieter Van Winkle.
Located in the Kiva. Open to all genders.

Mental Health First Aid Training-English

Mental Health first aid is an evidence-based, public health training program that teaches participants the signs and symptoms of mental health challenges or crisis, what to do in an emergency, and where to turn for help. MHFA is implemented around the U.S. and the world. Research has shown that the training reduces stigma, enhances behavioral health literacy, and improves participants’ behavioral health.

Coordinated by Garfield County Public Health.
Instructor: Iliana Rentería. The course is FREE for all participants, but you must register at Breakfast and lunch are not provided.

Mindful Life Program Foundations Course

Learn to Live Mindfully!
Start 2019 off with this engaging course that combines meditation and daily mindfulness tools focused on cultivating genuine happiness.
This 8-week course will be practical and accessible, empowering you to engage in life with attention and intention.
Scholarships Available. Call or email Aaron for an application.
CEU’s CPD’s available for counselors, therapists, social workers, and teachers.

Tuesdays: January 29th – March 19th, 2019 6:15-8:30pm
Call Aaron at 970.340.8151

Mindful LIfe Program Foundations Course

Learn to live mindfully!
Start 2019 off with this engaging course that combines meditation and daily mindfulness tools focused on cultivating genuine happiness.

Tuesdays: January 29 – March 19, 2019 6:15pm – 8:30pm
8 week course

Scholarships available. Call or email Aaron for an application.
CEU’s and CPD’s available for counselors, therapists, social workers, and teachers.
Call Aaron at 970.340.8151

Cultivate Change Online Course Sale

Cultivate Change is a step by step program for becoming a powerful change-maker in your life, health, and in the world. If you’ve got changes you want to make (physical health, mental health, work, life, relationships, finances, etc.), we’ve got the skills and experiences you need to make it happen–all packed into one powerhouse little course.

This 8-week course is grounded in the evidence-based and clinically validated practices. It weaves together emotional resilience skills with powerful supports for taking committed action. And it’s lead by two experts in the fields of mental health and functional medicine. Cultivate Change will show you how to cultivate long-lasting shifts that turn your most heartfelt hopes into reality. And build the skills necessary to invest reliably in your wellbeing–plus so much more. You’ll also gain a repertoire of powerful practices you can incorporate into your daily life. So being a powerful change-maker in service of your wellbeing isn’t just a short term adventure, but becomes a way of life.

The changes you want to make to boost your health and wellness MATTER. We’d love to support you in making them happen. Check out the Cultivate Change online course today. We hope to see you there!

This course normally costs $450 for 8 weeks of high quality, life changing, and experiential based education. However for Aspen Strong friends, you’ll pay only $299 with the ASPENSTRONG2019 checkout code if you enroll before January 31st. It’s our gift to you.


Use code: ASPENSTRONG2019

Can We Enjoy the Back-to-School Transition?

School resuming is a busy time for families. The excitement, anxiety, and change in schedules for children and families create stress. Beginning the school year brings varied emotions for children and their parents.
Parents may wonder…

  • How will I manage, pay for, remember, and do it all?
  • How scheduled should my child be?
  • What is the right amount of free-time, down-time, or screen-time?
  • How involved should I be—with homework, making lunches, organizing materials, after school activities, household chores, social plans?
  • Is my child getting enough sleep, eating right, and making progress academically, socially, in activities?

Meanwhile, children’s feelings about the transition back to school can get lost in the shuffle of family stress. A brief article from the American Psychological Association provides tips for parents to attend to their child’s emotions and build resiliency during the stressful back-to-school time.

I would like to offer a few strategies for coping with, or even enjoying the transition back to school for yourself and your family! Every family and child is different, so pick one of these ideas and give it a try!

Take care of yourself. Try to balance family and professional responsibilities with self-care. By taking the time to do things that nourish you (time with friends, exercise, time outside, hobbies/activities), you are more able to care for and support your child.

Make goals. Brainstorm with your child to come up with a couple of goals for the school year—something he/she has always wanted to learn, or something he/she wants to accomplish to become more independent, competent, or confident. Goals may be social (hang out with a new friend), academic (earn As and Bs, memorize the presidents, read a certain book), athletic (make the varsity team), or related to interests/hobbies (master a skill). Outline steps your child can accomplish each month toward the goals, and provide encouragement and rewards along the way.

Listen and talk with your child. Taking the time to listen and talk with your child is a powerful way to connect and enjoy each other. Practice being calm and present with your children to listen and empathize with their perspectives rather than jumping in to fix their problem or change their feelings. A great book for parents of children of all ages is How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish. Just a few minutes of uninterrupted time can lead to conversation and connection. Ask a specific question, then be quiet and listen. Not, “How was your day?” but instead, “Who did you sit by at lunch? What was the most interesting thing you learned?” The links below provide conversation starters to learn about your child’s day.

10 questions to ask your child about his day school

25 ways to ask your kids so how was school today without asking them ‘so how was school today’

Protect sleep. Good sleep is critical for cognitive and emotional functioning. Children need at least 10-11 hours of sleep every night, and teens require 8-9 hours nightly. Seattle Children’s Hospital provides a helpful document outlining tips for protecting sleep and promoting sleep hygiene.

Get organized. Consistency and structure help reduce anxiety and clarify expectations for children. Make a weekly family schedule posted on a paper calendar or white board – listing field trips, sports practices, family activities, parent travel or parenting schedule if parents are divorced, etc. Review and have everyone add to the schedule before each week begins, then refer to the schedule to prepare for each day.

Be together without distraction. Some parents get pulled into the role of driver, chef, homework tutor, and organizational assistant. Others become task-masters to keep their children moving forward on responsibilities, getting out the door, and finishing homework. In the midst of all of these roles, make it a priority to spend enjoyable time with your child rather than just making it through the daily grind. Find an activity that you can enjoy with your child most days, even for a few minutes—read or listen to a book, watch a show, play a game, build a puzzle, cook or bake, go on a bike ride or outdoor adventure. Even five minutes of daily uninterrupted, undivided attention from a parent joining their child in a chosen activity is enough to transform the relationship, communication, and emotion of both the parent and child.

Lastly, consider mistakes, conflict, and stress as opportunities to come together as a family and connect with your child. It’s okay. Now you can work through it together.

May you find moments of connection and enjoyment in the back-to-school transition!=


Heather Kaplinski, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, has a private practice in Aspen.