Many who have been homeless and struggle with addiction or mental illness live in shame from the long shadow stigma casts on them. A new treatment at The Women’s Home will help them let go of the shame that keeps them in their past’s control and empower them to live daringly.
In October 2014, two of our clinical staff were selected to attend an intensive five day training for The Daring Way™. The Daring Way™ is an experiential methodology based upon the research of Dr. Brené Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social work and author of Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. Experiential therapies encourage participants to examine their subconscious issues through guided activities such as role playing or guided imagery. The Daring Way™ emboldens participants to examine the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors holding them back in order to identify new choices and actions that will move them towards a more whole way of life.
The Daring Way™ expands upon previous methods based on Dr. Brown’s research which heavily influenced our program’s shame resilience training. The program is based upon Dr. Brown’s twelve years of research on shame, vulnerability, courage, and worthiness. Participants are encouraged to examine why they don’t pursue some desires but do act on others and what road blocks are holding them back. As a part of their training our clinical staff members learned not only how to carry out The Daring Way ™ 12 week curriculum, but participated in an accelerated version of it with the other attendees. Our clinicians are practicing the program for the first time with two client groups. The Daring Way™ program will replace our shame resilience groups for our residents, and will empower them to move past their feelings of shame and their fear of being vulnerable to set and achieve their goals. The Daring Way ™ is another example of sharing evidence based best practices in our clients’ treatment.