Colorado Springs, Colorado



Springs Mental Health Summit 2018

The Springs Mental Health Summit is a conference intended to empower and equip everyone with the tools necessary to understand and support mental health in his or her community. Furthermore, the Springs Mental Health Summit hopes to remove the societal stigma around mental health providing tangible resources to those that desire to be the change.

If you desire to learn more about mental health wellness, or you want to be a catalyst for change in your community the Springs Mental Health Summit is meant for you. If you want to see the stigma around mental health removed, and to continue a conversation about mental health and wellness, this summit will be a perfect opportunity for you.

Registration cost is only $69.99.

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For 2018 we are excited to have a Keynote from Dr. Caroline Leaf, and hear from variety of breakout speakers. This year we will have three specific breakout “tracks”: Family (F), Educators (E), and Spiritual/Faith (S). If you have questions about a specific breakout, please let us know by using the Contact form below.

Saturday/November 3rd

Doors Open: 8am

Main Session 1: 8:30am - 9:00am

  • Dr. Mark Mayfield

Breakout 1: 9:15am - 10:30am

  • Susan Payne & Mark Lanning– (Family/Educators) – Safe2Tell Conversation Jump-starters: Opening the Door to Talk About Issues Facing Youth

  • Dr. Jill Marvin– (Family/Educators) – The Disability Experience

  • Cassie Carrigan– (Family/Educators) – How Harmful Thinking Holds Us Back

  • David Galvan– (Family/Educators) – Let’s REALLY Talk About Sex

  • Dr. Adam Wilson– (Family) – The Neuroscience of Mental Health

  • Kathleen Karls– (Family/Educators) – How Can I Love This Kid Better?: Attachment, Trauma, and Our Brains

  • Dr. Ryan Burkhart– (Spiritual/Faith) – Righteousness, Mercy, and Mental Health: Jewish Justice and the Last Adam

  • Josh Kreimeyer, Patti Diffee & Rachel Sundeen– (Family) – How to Create Healthy Boundaries in Your Relationships

  • Heather Gingrich– (Family/Educators) – Restoring the Shattered Self: The Treatment of Complex Trauma

  • Dr. Michelle Anthony– (Family) – Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family: Avoiding the 6 Dysfunctional Parenting Styles

Breakout 2: 10:45am - 12:00pm

  • Erin & Dr. Greg Smalley – (Family) – 12 Traits of a Healthy Marriage

  • Steve Earll– (Family/Educators) – Unmasking Troubles Families: A Model for Understanding Families of Trauma

  • Sarah Taylor– (Spiritual/Faith) – Naked and Ashamed: Examining Porn Addiction Through the Lens of the Biblical Narrative

  • Jeff Kozyra, Christina Leal, Christine Sundquist, & Julynn Mullinex– (Spiritual/Faith) – Formational Prayer Counseling: A Christ-centered “Inner Healing” Approach into the Place of Pain and Brokenness Within a Wounded Person

  • Stacey Hind, Julia Watson, & Kira Whitley– (Family/Educators) – Creating connection in a Disconnected World: A Conversation for Parents and Mentors of Teenagers

  • Kim Severn– (Family/Educators) – He Who Has a Why, Can Bear Any How

  • Monica Meade, & Vanessa Monette– (Family) – An Integrative Approach to Healing from Grief: The Mind, Body, and Spirit Connection

  • Marisela & Hernando Pena– (Family) – Understanding the Unique Needs of Wounded Warriors and Their Families

  • EDCare– Erin Benner & Jordyn Lee– (Family/Educators) – Eating Disorders in Schools: How to Recognize, Respond, and Prevent

Lunch: 12:00pm - 1:15pm 

Breakout 3: 1:30pm - 2:45pm

  • Tim Sanford– (Family/Educators) – Understanding How Reactive Attachment Disorder Thinks and Feels 

  • Dr. Jim Bixler– (Family) – Helping Prepare Adolescents for the Mental Health Challenges of College

  • NAMI– (Spiritual/Faith) – Bridges of Hope

  • Franklin Swayne– (Family) – Assessing and Treating Moral Injuries in Service Members/Veterans

  • School District 20 – Martha Hinson– (Family/Educators) – Sources of Strength: Connectors to Help and Agents of Change in our Schools and Community for Suicide Prevention

  • Dr. Eric Sandras – (Family/Educators) Sex and the Empty Self Syndrome

  • Daniel Lebsack– (Spiritual/Faith) – The Church’s Role in the Current Mental Health Crisis

  • Joel Roberts – (Family) – Restoring Connection in a World of Contempt

  • Nancy Beers, & Rita Peterson – (Family) – Adding Equine Assisted Activities to Your Toolbox

  • Leith McHugh– (Family/Educators) – Let’s Get Real: Authentic Conversation about Teens & Mental Health

  • Kristin Evert– (Family) – Unmet Desires and Broken Dreams: A Conversation About Infertility

Exhibit Hall/Meet & Greet: 2:45pm - 3:30pm

Main Session 2: 3:45pm - 5:00pm

  • Dr. Caroline Leaf

Dinner: 5:00pm - 6:15pm

Doors Open: 6:00pm

Night of Hope: 6:30pm - 8:00pm


Friday Night Intensive

This training is for pastors, helpers, counselors and parents who want in-depth training on mental health, being an effective helper, and how to be catalysts for change in our community. We want to equip you to not only enter into the messiness of relationship, but to do it as an effective helper, an educated leader, and an individual who understands that there are a lot of hard emotions but there are no bad emotions.


*Clinical professionals who attend this intensive will receive three continuing education credits from Mayfield Counseling Centers (an NBCC approved training facility.) This intensive will take place from 5pm-8pm on Friday, November 2nd in room 107 in the World Prayer Center located on the Southeast corner of New Life Church.


Summit Location

New Life Church

11025 Voyager Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO. 80921