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The Daring Way- The Gifts of Imperfection 

Course Title

The Daring Way- The Gifts of Imperfection 

Course Number

ISCA 501

Course Overview

This course uses Brené Brown’s research and is about learning to be wholehearted and to engage with the world from a place of worthiness so that we can move from “What will people think?” to “I am imperfect and I am enough.”

The course contains 12 lessons and each one includes:

  • Reading assignments for participants to complete in advance of each meeting

  • Creative workbook activities to be done in person when meeting online.

  • DIG Deep Commitments (Get Deliberate; Get Inspired; Get Going) made in person at the end of each lesson and then put into practice before the next meeting.

Participants will leave with self-care material for themselves, as well as material to adapt to their educational work.

B.3. Responsibilities to Self

e. Engage in professional development and personal growth throughout their careers. Professional development includes attendance at state and national conferences and reading journal articles. School counselors regularly attend training on school counselors’ current legal and ethical responsibilities.

f. Monitor their emotional and physical health and practice wellness to ensure optimal professional effectiveness. School counselors seek physical or mental health support when needed to ensure professional competence.

Intended Audience

This course is suited to any participant who is willing to be vulnerable, own their story, and explore courage building.

Essential Questions

How might I apply this work to my own self care and personal life?
How might I apply this work in my professional setting?



Participants will know:

Participants will be able to:

  • the research of Brené Brown

  • the guideposts of The Gifts of Imperfection

    • Courage, Compassion, and Connection

    • #1 - Cultivating Authenticity

    • #2 - Cultivating Self-Compassion

    • #3 - Cultivating a Resilient Spirit

    • #4 - Cultivating Gratitude and Joy

    • #5 - Cultivating Intuition and Trusting Faith

    • #6 - Cultivating Creativity

    • #7 - Cultivating Play and Rest

    • #8 - Cultivating Calm and Stillness

    • #9 - Cultivating Meaningful Work

    • #10 - Cultivating Laughter, Song and Dance

    • The Wholehearted Revolution

  • examine Brené Brown’s research

  • examine the guideposts of The Gifts of Imperfection

  • explore and set personal and professional intentions for each guidepost

  • collaborate with facilitator and other participants around the world

About the Facilitator

Chrystal Kelly is a passionately committed educator who has been advocating for students, staff and families through counseling, teaching, coaching, and mentoring for the past twenty years.  She worked in universities with international students early in her career and was a High School Counselor in Colorado for ten years before joining the international school counseling realm in 2014.  She currently works in the beautiful country of Oman at The American International School of Muscat (TAISM) where she enjoys interacting with a student population of more than 60 different nationalities.  She is dedicated to helping people and her areas of focus are wellness, grief and loss, safeguarding children, crisis prevention, and transition.  She also enjoys leadership and is a Student Protection and Wellness Team Advocate, Muscat School Counselor Group Coordinator, International School Counselor Association Task Force Committee Leader, and PREPaRE School Safety and Crisis Preparedness Curriculum Trainer.  Chrystal became a Certified Daring Way Facilitator (CDWF) in 2020 and is committed to sharing Brené Brown’s work with the world.

Dates and times of offerings

Cohort 1: October 8December 3January 21February 11March 4March 25April 8 from 8:30-11:00GMT 

Contact hours

10.5 contact hours 

Time commitment between sessions

30 minutes between monthly sessions

Required Resource(s)

Participant Materials:

  • A copy of the book The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

  • GIfts of Imperfection PDF Workbook (bring to every meeting); provided by Facilitator

  • Art supplies/writing materials for your workbook

  • Pictures of yourself - old and new.  Your phone for pictures or you can draw pictures.

  • Magazines for cutting out photos or text

  • Scissors

  • Tape

  • Items specific to each lesson as noted in the workbook.


Brown, Brene. (2010). The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are.

Brené Brown

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