About Brené Brown

A: Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past 15 years studying connection, vulnerability, courage, worthiness and shame. The Daring Way method is based on Dr. Brown’s groundbreaking research, which has been featured on PBS, NPR, CNN, The Katie Show and Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday.

Among Dr. Brown’s published works are: the #1 New York Times Bestseller, Rising Strong (2015) the #1 New York Times Bestseller, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (2012); the New York Times Bestseller, The Gifts of Imperfection (2010); and I Thought It Was Just Me (2007). Dr. Brown’s 2010 TEDx Houston talk, The Power of Vulnerability, is one of the top 10 most viewed TED talks in the world, with more than 23 million viewers. Additionally, she gave the closing talk at the 2012 TED conference where she talked about shame, courage and innovation.

A: Most of us can benefit from The Daring Way and Rising Strong. For most adults and adolescents, we can think of areas in our lives we’d like to live more bravely. Where do you want to live more bravely and more authentically? In your relationship? As a parent? As a friend? At work?

Taking work as an example, we’ve all had the experience of contributing to a discussion in a meeting – bravely putting out a new idea, a new thought, an opinion. Heart racing, expectantly waiting to see how our input is received – and it’s met with crickets. You know that feeling: the sinking sensation, second-guessing moment that our input falls flat. For some of us, an experience like that would cause us to shrink away, keep quiet, withdraw. For others, it might cause us to puff up, to try to explain, to become defensive. And still for others of us, that experience might not cause much anxiety at all. Where do you fall on this continuum? What IS that experience? Is there a “right” way to respond?

This is one example of the work of The Daring Way. And just as we all respond differently to the scenario above, we all have different things in our lives that cause that feeling. How we respond to that feeling is very much individual, and our response can be constructive – or not. This is the work of The Daring Way. And it can change your life because we all have that feeling often enough.

Rising Strong builds on the lessons of The Daring Way, but can also stand alone as a guide for reckoning with our emotions and rumbling with our stories. What does reckoning with emotion mean? It means knowing how to cope and process our emotional experiences in the most beneficial way for our growth. What does it mean to reckon with our stories? This means being aware of the stories we tell ourselves about our lives and beginning to write our own endings.

Rising Strong is about getting back up after we fall. When we are brave enough often enough, we will fail sometimes. The work of Rising Strong is about what is takes to get back up.

A: Through The Daring Way and Rising Strong you will walk away with tools and skills that help you cultivate more resilience, self-compassion, empathy, creativity, joy and connection in your life. Like most everything in life, though, this is a journey, not a destination. The Daring Way and Rising Strong will both give you a path to travel and tools to help keep your pathway clear. It’s up to you to decide to travel it everyday.

You also can think of The Daring Way and Rising Strong as a way to gain greater insight into yourself, your reactivity, your behaviors and your values. Most of us kind of “sleepwalk” through life, without giving much thought to why we are who we are and why we do what we do – but, as you have probably figured out by now, this can be a big issue in our interactions with others. Both program will help you wake up and be more intentional.

A: Often participants choose to stay in touch with each other following the workshops. In the past, the participants have gotten together monthly to continue to pratice what they learned through The Daring Way or Rising Strong and support each other. Clinicians are available to attend these gatherings when requested.

A:     Aspire clinicians Tammy Blackard Cook, LCSW, and Allison Grubbs, LCSW, LCAS, are Certified Daring Way Facilitators (CDWFs). Only certified facilitators are sanctioned to provide The Daring Way and Rising Strong workshops.

More resources and information are available at www.thedaringway.com and www.brenebrown.com.

About The Daring Way™

A: The 3-day program provides an intensive experience with this work. You are able to engage in the workshop without distractions, so you can focus on your work of The Daring Way. And, really, who doesn’t need a retreat now and then? Think of it as a gift of time to yourself.

A: The 3-day workshop starts with a welcome and introduction, and then we jump right in to practicing and exploring the work. There are breaks, delicious food, meal times together, and time for relaxation, connection and reflection. All materials and meals are provided, and the atmosphere is relaxed, open and nurturing.

The 3-day workshop is being held at the beautiful and idyllic Aqueduct Conference Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. Set on a former farm, Aqueduct feels like it’s far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, even though it’s only a short drive from the Triangle and the Triad. At the Center, you’ll enjoy delicious food, with accommodations for special diets and requests. Between the workshop sessions and meals, you will have time for wandering the grounds to reflect on what you are learning.

As a non-profit, Aqueduct is able to offer a low rate for their beautiful facility and wonderful food. The room rates for the retreat are based on double-occupancy rooms. For a slightly higher rate, Aqueduct can provide you with a single-occupancy room.

A: Absolutely! We know life doesn’t stop when you are at a 3-day retreat. We will have plenty of breaks and space for you to have privacy to communicate with loved ones.

A: At this time, participants will not be allowed to commute to the 3-day workshop. Commuting takes away from the intention of being together for the intensive workshop.

A:     No. You can benefit from this work with or without previous counseling or workshop experience. It may help you to understand the work more if you read Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (2012), by Brené Brown, or Rising Strong (2015), but it is not required. You can participate in The Daring Way or Rising Strong in any order.

In addition to reading the books, you should definitely check out Brené Brown’s two TED talks:

2010 TEDx Houston talk The Power of Vulnerability

2012 TED conference talk on shame, courage and innovation

This work is for you if you crave deeper connection with family, friends, your faith – and deeper connection with yourself, your voice, your preferences, your values. The Daring Way and Rising Strong are for you if you want to feel more confidence in your personal and professional life. You know that in order to make a bigger impact with your life’s work – from parenthood to teaching to ministry to marketing – you’ve got to be willing to show who you are. This work shows you how.

A: Please check our events calendar for upcoming workshops. Pricing varies by workshop and can be found on the specific event page.

A: Please check our events calendar for upcoming workshops of The Daring Way™. There you will find an online registration form and details.

About Rising Strong

A: The multi-week group format works especially well for the Rising Strong curriculum because there is so much information to cover. The multi-week option is also more affordable than a retreat setting, and offers more flexible payment options. The biggest benefit for the multi-week group is that you get to know those in your group over three months, and life happens in between, giving you the opportunity to practice skills and process as we go along.

A: The group sessions will be 1.5 to 2.5 hours long and will start with educational material, videos, readings, etc. Each participant will have a workbook with exercises to complete in group, and we will also have plenty of time to discuss and practice what we are learning.

A: Please check our events calendar for upcoming workshops. Pricing varies by workshop and can be found on the specific event page.

A: We offer interactive group sessions that help teen girls (14-18 yrs old) navigate this unique and challenging time in their lives. Utilizing the The Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ curricula, we incorporate art and yoga in a welcoming and non-judgmental environment.

We currently host Rising TEENS workshops at Little Gurus Yoga in Raleigh. You can find dates, pricing and registration information on their website.

A: Please check our events calendar for upcoming workshops of Rising Strong™ and Rising TEENS. There you will find an online registration form and details.

About the Community Resiliency Model®

A:  The Community Resiliency Model® (CRM) is a groundbreaking wellness initiative that provides a non-judgmental perspective on normal human reactions to stress and trauma. Created by the Trauma Resource Institute in California, this program focuses on re-setting the nervous system’s natural balance.

CRM skills are useful for self-care and can also be taught as a peer-to-peer intervention in a variety of contexts.

A: Not at all! No matter your age, education level or culture, anyone can learn the skills associated with CRM.

A: After completion of this workshop, you will be able to understand your nervous system and learn to track the sensations that are connected to your own well-being. By doing this, you can learn to help yourself and others during times of stress, anxiety and/or trauma. Best of all, CRM is preventative for complications of chronic or acute stress.

A: Please check our events calendar for upcoming workshops. Pricing varies by workshop and can be found on the specific event page.

A: We offer CRM workshops in a variety of formats, including a half-day CRM Introduction, as well as a two-day training session. Please check our events calendar for upcoming sessions. In addition to what’s currently offered, we can tailor a CRM training to your specific organizational and time needs. To inquire about a CRM training for your organization, please contact Tammy Blackard Cook.

A: Please check our events calendar for upcoming Community Resiliency Model® workshops. There you will find an online registration form and details.