All 2018 Certification Trainings FULL at this time. 



Becoming a Certified Daring Way Facilitator Requires:

Pre-Work (including books, videos, and assessments)

3 Days of In-Person Training

4 Weeks of Online Training (asynchronous with weekly deadlines)

Please scroll down to review our eligibility requirements and 10-Step Certification Process.


American Psychological Association (APA)

The Daring Way, as an affiliate of Brené Brown Education and Research Group, is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Daring Education maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

Approved for 36 hours through: September 31st, 2019



National Association of Social Workers (NASW)


This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers, approval #886598037-9843.

Please note: the following states do not accept or recognize this approval: New York, Michigan, West Virginia, New Jersey, Idaho, and Oregon.

Approved for 36 hours through: April 30, 2019



National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)


The Daring Way is approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6639. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Daring Way is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Approved for 36 hours through: November 1st, 2018



International Coach Federation (ICF)


This program is approved by the International Coach Federation for 22 core competency hours and 14 resource development hours.

Approved through: May 31, 2019




Click here for our Core Concepts and Learning Objectives.


Click here for our Frequently Asked Questions.


Click on each step below for more information. 


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The 10-Step Certification Process

#1 Confirm Your Eligibility

Please review carefully.

Certification is currently offered to the following professionals:

  • Licensed Social Workers
  • Licensed Psychologists
  • Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Licensed Nurses (RN or APRN)
  • Licensed Psychiatrists
  • Licensed Criminal Justice Professionals
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Credentialed Professional Art Therapists
  • Clergy (Must have ethical oversight)
  • Pastoral Counselors (Must have ethical oversight)
  • Physicians
  • Professional Life Coaches certified through one of the following professional organizations:
    • International Coaching Federation (ICF) – ACC, PCC, and MCC certified who are active members. NOTE: attendance in an ICF course does not qualify you for certification.
    • Association for Coaching (Full Members only)
    • Board Certified Coach (BCC) through the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE)

Within these professions you must be:

  • Governed by a professional body with a disciplinary board and code of ethics.
  • In good standing with your professional organization.
  • Carrying professional liability insurance, indemnity insurance, or errors & omissions (E&O) insurance.
  • Facilitating psychoeducational work must fall under the scope of what you are trained/licensed/certified to do by your profession’s governing body.

SCOPE OF WORK: The Daring Way™ is a curriculum that should be used in conjunction with existing skills and integrated into Candidates’ and Facilitators’ existing practices. Certified Daring Way™ Facilitators and Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator – Candidates are only permitted to practice within their existing scope of practice as dictated by their licensure, training, or certification. Certification does not provide you with the skills to start a new line of work. For example:

  • If a person is not trained in group processing work, then s/he should not be facilitating these types of groups.
  • If a person is not trained in trauma, deep processing, or family of origin work, then s/he should not be facilitating groups or working with clients where these skills are necessary. If these issues emerge, clients should be referred to someone who could better meet the clients’ needs.

*Please review our Candidate and Facilitator Standards Policy.

Note:  Students or trainees in these fields cannot begin the process of certification until all eligibility requirements are met.

#2 Submit Application

Once you have confirmed your eligibility, you will need to complete an application. The application process consists of:

  • Providing personal and professional information (including professional website or LinkedIn profile).
  • Uploading an electronic copy of your current professional license/certificate (must show expiration date) and professional liability/indemnity/E&O insurance (must show expiration date). NOTE: if official documents are not available in English, please provide a copy of the original and an English translation.
  • Paying the non-refundable application fee of $75.00 USD. (Applications opening soon!)

The Daring Way Certification Training is for helping professionals who work with individuals, couples, and groups around mental and behavioral health issues, counseling, addiction, life transitions, wellness, and/or spirituality.

PLEASE NOTE: All applications fees are nonrefundable. Applications are good for ONLY two years.

REGISTRATION COST: $3,500.00 USD (Case Consultation fees are listed under step #8).

All 2018 Certification Trainings FULL at this time. 

#3 Receive Acceptance Email

Please allow up to 3 weeks for The Daring Way to review your application. If you are submitting an international application, the review process can take up to 5 weeks. Once your application has been fully reviewed, you will be notified by email:

1. If your application has been accepted and will  receive information on how to register for an open training.

2. If additional information is needed to complete the review of your application.

3. Why your application was not accepted at this time.

#4 Register for a Certification Training

Once you have been notified by email that your application was accepted, you will now register for an open training.

Details on how to register will be provided in this email.


The cost of registration covers:

  • Pre-work
  • In-person training
  • Online training
  • Continuing Education Credits through Approved Boards
  • The Daring WayTM Workbook
  • The Daring WayTM Curriculum
  • The Daring WayTM Curriculum Video Downloads
  • Rising StrongTM Workbook
  • Rising StrongTM Curriculum
  • Rising StrongTM Curriculum Video Downloads
  • Marketing Assets with Facilitator Seal

Please review our cancellation and refund policy


#5 Complete Pre-Work

Once you have successfully registered for a training, you will need to complete the following:

Pre-Work (including books, videos, and assessments)

Completion of pre-work is required and must be successfully completed before attending a Certification Training.

Access to The Daring Way Certification Training pre-work will be available once you have registered for an open training. 

Please note, part of the pre-work for this training will be to read four of Brené’s books (Rising Strong, Daring GreatlyThe Gifts of Imperfection, and I Thought It Was Just Me). We consider mastery of these books foundational to doing the work. 

#6 Attend 3-Day In-Person Training

While attending the 3-day in-person portion of our Certification Training, you will work in small groups with a facilitator to walk through our psychoeducational curricula through an experiential learning process.

Lunch will be provided by The Daring Way each day. Schedules will be provided in advance of the training.

When thinking of travel, please note that for most trainings, registration begins at 8:30 AM on the first day and we will finish by 3:30 PM on the last day.

We will review next steps for the online portion of the Certification Training process at the closing of the in-person training.

Following the in-person portion of your training, you will need to complete a training evaluation sent from The Daring Way Team by email.

#7 Complete 4-Week Online Training

Once you have completed the in-person portion of the Certification Training, you will complete the remaining sessions through an online classroom in Daring University.

Your online classroom will be made up of support from your in-person facilitator and the members from your small group from the in-person portion of the training. 

Successful completion of your Daring University learning means that all required work has been completed. Your facilitator will be monitoring for questions and guiding discussion with your small group. At the end of the online training, your facilitator will submit the required paperwork to let The Daring Way Team know of your successful completion. 

At the end of your online learning, you will review next steps for Case Consultation by watching a video from The Daring Way Team, reviewing a list of Case Consultants, and completing your Case Consultation Interest form.

Following the online portion of your training, you will need to complete a training evaluation sent from The Daring Way Team by email.


Please see step 8 for more information on Case Consultation.

#8 Complete Case Consultation Sessions

Case Consultation for Candidates in The Daring Way™ Certification Process is a unique opportunity to be guided through the clinical delivery of The Daring Way™. Case Consultation is a place to ask questions and receive support around implementation of the curricula. 

The case consultation process provides a parallel process for learning and modeling the content of The Daring Way™.  You will do your case consultation with a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator – Case Consultant either in individual sessions or as a group.

Case Consultation can be completed in-person, by Skype, by Zoom, or over the telephone. All fees are agreed upon directly between the Case Consultant and the Candidate. The typical cost for case consultation is $1,500 USD.  Fees for group consultation will be determined by the case consultant.

Case Consultation cannot be completed before 6 months from the time of your signed Case Consultation agreement and must be completed within 12 months of your in-person training date.


Individual Case Consultation – 7 fifty-minute sessions*

Group Case Consultation – 5 ninety-minute sessions*


*These are the minimum requirements for Case Consultation. If your consultant has any concerns about your readiness in becoming a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator, s/he may require additional Case Consultation sessions. 

Once you have chosen a Case Consultant and have a signed Case Consultation agreement on file with The Daring Way™ office, you will become a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator – Candidate (CDWF-Candidate), will have access to The Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ Curricula to integrate into your practice, and will be able to market your work using the provided branded assets.

The Candidate’s Responsibilities during Case Consultation:

  • Attend all scheduled case consultations or give ample notice of the need to cancel and reschedule.
  • Complete all paperwork in a timely manner.
  • Integrate The Daring Way™ into their practice with individuals, groups, couples, families, or organizations.
  • Integrate Rising Strong™ into their practice with individuals, groups, couples, families, or organizations.
  • Bring cases to case consultation to review with your consultant.
  • Maintain all necessary licenses, professional liability insurance, complete 6 Daring Credits every 2 years for renewal, and pay renewal fees on time in order to maintain their standing in certification.
  • Maintain the highest standards of ethical practice.
  • Demonstrate sufficient mastery of The Daring Way  core concepts, necessary objectives and goals during the course of certification.
  • Pay case consultant in a timely manner.

#9 Submit Application for Certification

Last Step! Once you have successfully completed both the in-person and online training, and Case Consultation, you will need to submit an Application for Certification. This will complete the certification process.

Once your Application for Certification has been fully reviewed, you will be notified by email:

1. If your application has been accepted and you are a Certified Daring Way Facilitator™ (CDWF)

2. If  additional information is needed to complete the review of your Application for Certification.

#10 Become a CDWF & Maintain Certification

Once you have received notice that your Application for Certification has been accepted, you will receive your Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator certificate in the mail. Congratulations! 

Maintaining certification requires continued compliance with our Candidate and Facilitator Standards Policy and a Biennial Renewal.  The Biennial Renewal includes earning 6 Daring Credits and a $250 renewal fee every two years. Please review the Membership Renewal Policy for more information on how to earn Daring Credits.

Click here to review our Biennial Renewal Policy.
Click here to review our Candidate and Facilitator Standards Policy.



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