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Brené Brown
“Vulnerability and Courage in Psychotherapy”

Friday Morning Keynote

Brené Brown has made it her life’s work to dispel the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness, arguing that, instead, it’s our most accurate measure of courage. In a culture where “never enough” dominates, vulnerability is uncomfortable and even a little subversive. But nothing is as uncomfortable, or dangerous, as stepping back to examine our lives only to wonder what it would be like if we had the courage to show up and let ourselves be seen. This has been at the heart of Brown’s message in her groundbreaking research over the past 15 years, the findings of which have received worldwide attention in her extraordinarily popular TED talks and bestselling books Daring Greatly and Rising Strong.

In this keynote, Brown will explore how vulnerability is both the core of difficult emotions like fear, grief, and disappointment—and the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, empathy, innovation, and creativity. As she writes, “Therapy can be one of the most powerful spaces we have to reopen ourselves up to the gifts of vulnerability. It’s also where we can learn to reframe and reclaim what it means to be brave.”


Approved for 1 CE hour.

Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, is a research professor at the University of Houston, where she holds the Huffington Endowed Chair at the Graduate College of Social Work. She’s the author of three #1 New York Times bestsellers, including Daring Greatly and Rising Strong, and is the founder and CEO of The Daring Way. 

Learning Objective: You’ll discover how to create an atmosphere that encourages vulnerability in therapy.

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