2ND annual


2022 Dates Coming Soon!

BONUS: Pre-register for the 2022 Summit and receive the 2021 Workbook as a thank you gift!

Who is this for?

The Be Bold Summit is designed for mental health therapists & humanitarian workers. But it may not be for everyone. So, who is it for and is that YOU?

Our participants are….

  • Mental Health Therapists

  • Social Workers

  • NGO/humanitarian workers

  • Adventurous

  • Curious

  • Open

  • Interested in scaling up mental health

  • Social justice oriented

  • Audacious

  • Hungry for depth & inspiration

  • Community oriented

  • Desiring growth

  • Daring

Many people in our community are:

  • Living in various countries all over the world

  • Trans, non-binary, queer

  • Black, Indigenous, People of Color & white folks committed to anti-racism

  • Immigrants and non-native English speakers

  • Activists, movers-and-shakers

  • Innovators

  • Life-long learners

If these things excite you, we would love to have you inside this community space with us.

What can you expect?

at the be bold summit
Ten days of impact

Register & join us for ten days of inspiring interviews and presentations on creativity, boldness, courage, & community. Workbooks included. Entirely online.

ask big

This summit is an invitation to explore new ideas, questions & skills that will give us greater access to self-inquiry, inspiration & connection. Our attendees are thinking outside the box about how to scale up mental health interventions and impact.

The power of community

None of us can make a scalable impact alone. Learning new ways to create systemic change, scale up mental health interventions, and create cultural shifts in collaboration is part of what we do here together.

accessible and inclusive

With closed captions on all interviews, transcripts for accessibility, and image descriptions on all group images and scholarships for extended access, we strive to make this as accessible & inclusive as possible.

You deserve

to feel supported.

Holding Hands

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Meet your host! 

What if we can create systemic change in the mental health field and expand our efforts to help more people?

Scaling Up is offers innovative and high-quality trainings and communities for mental health therapists that can transform your practice, and build your confidence with case conceptualization, treatment planning, and learning scalable interventions that can make a global. We often partner with humanitarian workers around the globe to conduct trainings and implement trauma treatments.  

Our mission is to alleviate suffering by building a world with accessible and affordable mental health services by using EMDR therapy and AIP-informed procedures in individual and group formats. 


Kelly Smyth-Dent, LCSW is the founder of Scaling Up and the Be Bold Summit.


"This conference is the result of being hungry for a place where a community

of mental health therapists and humanitarian workers could engage in big

questions, innovative thinking, scalable impact, and meaningful connections

in regards to making mental health more accessible to all." - Kelly Smyth-Dent



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Frequently asked questions

Home Page FAQ

Is this really free?

Yes, as long as you attend the dates for the live event. Even though the summit happens online, it unfolds just like a lIve, in-person conference. Each day has a unique set of talks that you won’t be able to see any other day. You can watch one, two, or three – as many times as feels good during the 24-hour window for that day, and then the next day’s talks go up. Registered participants also receive free workbooks (full of prompts and journal reflections that help you bring the ideas and questions into your own life), and of course, the Facebook community is a terrific free resource, too.

How do I access the conference?

After registering, you will receive a welcome email (plus a series of emails over the next several days with more information about the conference). Be sure to mark that welcome email as a favorite/safe because access to each day's talks will be delivered via a daily email. This is crucial, as every year there are a handful of people who cannot access the talks because their email provider marks the emails as unsafe. So, favorite the heck out of them! Then, during the conference, just click the links for the talks & workbook, and that's it.

What if I only have time for one talk?

Fear of missing out happens every year. And it makes sense - there are some AWESOME folks sharing their wisdom, insight, stories and impact. The good news is whether there's time for all the talks or just a part of one, there's something to savor and take away from each and every session. Remember, you can access each day’s talks for 24-hours. Additionally, you can learn more about our packages here for extended access.

Are the speakers paid?

YES! One of the reasons online summits got such a bad rap a few years ago was that most of them only offered their speakers "exposure" in exchange for their time and support. But compensating folks for their labor is super important to the ethos of the Be Bold Summit. That said, since this is a self-funded endeavor, it's the community support through purchasing extended access to the talks and the bonus materials that makes paying the speakers possible. It's a win-win! More access to their wisdom for all of us while they get compensated for their labor.

Is the conference accessible?

We do our best to improve accessibility - it is always a work-in-progress. All of the talks have closed captions. The video speed can be slowed down or sped up, if that helps with comprehension. We are also adding written descriptions to all Facebook images in the Facebook group for those folks who use screen readers. Finally, transcripts are available for purchase in the extended access packages, but if a transcript is needed for accessibility reasons, just let us know by emailing

Still have questions?

For any other questions, feel free to email us at