38th Annual Aspen Psychiatry Conference

Aspen, Colorado
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

38th Annual Aspen Psychiatry Conference
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 8:00 AM -
Friday, August 02, 2013 12:30 PM (Mountain Time)

The Gant
610 S. West End
Aspen, Colorado 81611
United States

Map and Directions

This year’s conference focus is the psychotherapeutic  treatment of traumatic stress and its effects on children, adults and, by extension, on clinicians. For years, the psychiatric community assumed that the consequences of trauma were temporary, reversible and linked to specific events such as “rape trauma”. If symptoms persisted, the diagnosis was changed  to “neurotic reaction”. The long-lasting effect of trauma was “officially” recognized  in 1980 with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder’s inclusion in DSM III. In this formulation, traumatic events had to be “catastrophic” – big  “T” - outside the range of “usual human experience” such as natural disasters, war, accidents, rape. It is now clear that traumatic stress is well within the range of “usual human experience”, wide-spread and potentially pathogenic.

The seminal work by Robert Anda and Vincent Felitti - highlights the “striking link” between adverse childhood experiences and unfavorable adult outcomes. Seventeen thousand “upscale” patients from a Kaiser H.M.O. were screened  for 10 types of adverse childhood experiences (ACE), some considered small “t” trauma.  The subjects were asked  about abuse  (including verbal), the absence  of a parent due to divorce, separation, or death, having an incarcerated, depressed, or otherwise mentally ill family member,  or a family member  with a drug or alcohol problem. Each subject received an ACE score based  on how many of the 10 experiences they endured. Increased scores increased the likelihood of developing alcoholism, depression, anxiety, having sex before age 15, unwanted pregnancies, nicotine addiction, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, COPD, suicide attempts  and premature  mortality. In addition, the Center for Disease  Control analyzed information from 26,229 adults and found that
59.4% experienced at least one ACE, and 8.7% reported five or more. (Centers  for Disease  Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report  Vol 59 No 49, Dec 17, 2010).   (Anda, Felitti, et al. Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci (2006) 256:174–186). In other words, traumatic stress is part of everyday  life. We constructed this conference based on this fact. Three skill-building tracks - led by experienced, nationally and internationally known clinicians - will address the treatment of trauma’s sequelae  in children, adults and providers. Attendees choose  to work in one track for the three days. The goal is for attendees  to learn methods and techniques that will enhance work with people
in whom traumatic stress plays a significant role. Since tracks are limited in size, participants should list their preferences  in order when registering.  All attendees will come to the keynote and, at the end of each morning, will reconvene for the Calm the Mind, Revive the Spirit exercises.

Postmarked by June 30, 2013: $385; after June 30: $425. Participants attend one keynote lecture and choose one three day skill-building track. All registration fees include a non-refundable administrative charge of $50, continental breakfasts, refreshments, reception and syllabus.

The full conference  tuition is refundable less a $50 administrative charge, if your cancellation  is received,  in writing, by July 15th, 2013. The $50 administrative charge  is nonrefundable regardless  of the reason  for cancellation. Refunds will not be granted after this time or for non-attendance. The conference committee reserves the right to cancel this conference in the event of an unforeseen  circumstance, in which case attendees will receive a full refund.

Please contact Mark Groth at 303-724-4961 or visit www.medschool.ucdenver.edu/cme.

Contact Information

  • For Additional Information Contact:

    Sharon Campbell
    Medical Student Program Coordinator, Phase I/II
    Department of Psychiatry
    University of Colorado Denver
    13001 E. 17th Pl, Bldg 500, F546
    Aurora, CO 80045
    Phone: 303-724-7400
    Fax:  303-724-1399

Payment Instructions

  • Preferred payment method is by Credit Card (MasterCard, VISA, AMEX, Diners Club, Discover)

    If you prefer to pay by check you may do so; however if your check is not received within 15 business days of your online registration, confirmation can not be guaranteed.  Checks should be made payable to: The University of Colorado. 

    Reference your full name and registration number on the check.

    Mail checks to:
    University of Colorado School of Medicine
    Office of CME
    Psych - REG
    13001 East 17th Place, C295
    Aurora CO 80045



The University of Colorado School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Colorado School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 10.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.







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