1st annual


May 17-28, 2021

A creative, free online event for mental health therapists and humanitarian workers

Innovation Lives Here

For the first time, mental health therapists and humanitarian workers are coming together online for a creative, eye-opening event.


This year’s theme is Scaling Up Impact.


We will be exploring inspiring ways to think outside the box and create systemic change within the field of mental health.

Featuring 25 talks over ten days, you can join thousands of attendees as we explore what it means to create large, sustainable, scalable impact in the field - all from the comfort of your home or mobile device.

Presented by Scaling Up LLC

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

Join Us

Do you remember why you started doing this work?

Do you still feel in touch with your missions & purpose? Do you feel like you are fulfilling it?

are you veering off course?

Many helping professionals go into their field with their vision and purpose, but can get bogged down overtime with loans, insurance companies, burnout, or other blocks. They lose sight of the big impact they want to accomplish.

do you need to press the reset button?

This summit is designed to ignite or re-invigorate those parts of you and your mission, along with creative ways to think big to solve problems and accomplish your mission.

let's find inspiration again... together!

Find that “fire in the belly” and utilize your community to help you put your inspiration into action and make an impact.

Be Bold Summit 2021

Schedule & Speakers

Each day’s events will take place live between 12:00-5:15pm PT Pacific Time (Los Angeles time zone) AND all sessions will be available to watch for 24 hours in case you can’t attend live. 

Click here to identify your correct time zone -

If you attend the talk live, you can chat with us (and potentially the speaker) during the talk. 

Additionally, after the live presentation ends, you will have free access to it for up to 24 hours afterwards.


If you want longer term access to the presentations, then click here to learn more about our extended access packages.

Day 1

Monday, May 17th, 2021

WIN DAILY RAFFLE: 5:00-5:15pm PT - Dr. Jarero's Emdr Advanced Training for early intervention & ongoing traumatic stress (LEARN MORE)

Dr. Nacho Jarero, Phd


Online, Evidence-Based Interventions: Expanding the TeleMental Health Frontiers

12:30-1:30pm PT 


Inclusive Therapists, Mental Health Justice Activist

Compassion in Decolonizing Mental Health

2:00 - 3:10pm PT

Segismundo, lmft


Be Your Authentic Self 

Through Social Media & Video Marketing

3:30 - 4:40pm PT

Day 2

Tuesday, May 18th, 2021

DAILY RAFFLE: 5:00-5:15pm PT - Summit Basic Extended Access Package (LEARN MORE)


Artist, Healer, Oya Priestess

Joy-Centered Anti-Racism for Shapeshifters

12:30 - 1:40pm PT

Michael Hegenauer, phd

World Vision, Aid Worker

World Relief: Mental Health & Peer Support for Humanitarian Workers

2:00 - 3:15pm PT

dr. TARA
JAE, phd

Youth Seen, LBGTQI Support

Curating Community & Care for LBGT Youth

3:45 - 4:45pm PT

Day 3

Wednesday, May 19th, 2021

DAILY RAFFLE: 5:00-5:15pm PT - Summit Bold Extended Access Package (LEARN MORE)

Shawna Murray-Browne,lcsw-c

Envisioning a Liberation-Focused Healing

1:00 - 2:15pm PT 

Liberation-Focused, Mind-Body Medicine Practitioner


Fortify Rights, Human Rights Activitist

Healing Moral Injury & Vicarious Trauma in Humanitarian Workers

2:30 - 3:30pm PT


A Return to the Self: A Path to Becoming a Regenerative Practitioner 

Trauma Expert & Soul / Mind/ Body Medicine Woman

3:40 - 4:55pm PT 

Day 4

Thursday, May 20th, 2021

DAILY RAFFLE: 5:00-5:15pm PT - Summit Premium Extended Access Package (LEARN MORE)

Viviana Urdaneta, lcsw

Bilingual Trauma Expert

Telehealth Therapy: Strengths & Challenges from an Empowerment Perspective

1:00 - 2:00pm PT

CéShaun Hankins, lcsw

Co-Founder, Joy + Justice Collaborative

Harm Reduction: An Accountability "Call In" of Mental Health Providers

2:15 - 3:15pm PT


Human Rights Activist & Consultant

The Torture In My Mind: The Right to Mental Health for Rohingya Survivors of Genocide in Myanmar & Bangladesh

3:30 - 4:45pm PT

Day 5

Friday, May 21st, 2021

DAILY RAFFLE: 5:00-5:15pm PT - ASSYST-Remote Individual Training (LEARN MORE)


UNICEF, Economist, Aid Worker

Scaling Up Trauma Treatment Interventions Globally

12:30 - 2:00pm PT


Founder, Sankofa Healing Studio

The Necessary Path: Decolonizing Mental Health

2:15 - 3:15pm PT 


Founder, Breakout 

Breakout From the Therapy Room to the Humanitarian Field

3:30 - 4:45pm PT

Day 6

Monday, May 24th, 2021

DAILY RAFFLE: 5:00-5:15pm PT - Hive Annual Membership (LEARN MORE)


Refugee Child Protection Services, Social Worker

Caring for Refugee Mental Health: Collaborations between Humanitarian Workers & Therapists

2:30 - 3:30pm PT


Creative Art & EMDR Therapist

Therapists Creating Fruitful Collaborations with Aid Workers

3:45 - 4:45pm PT

Day 7

Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

DAILY RAFFLE: 5:00-5:15pm PT - EMDR Refresher On Demand Training (LEARN MORE)

TRIANA, lcsw

Bilingual Trauma Expert

Latinx, Hispanic, Chicano? Cultural and treatment considerations when working with the Latinx population

 2:15 - 3:30pm PT 

LEGG, phd

EMDR Trainer & Consultant

EMDR Treatment in Conjoint Couples Therapy: A Relational Trauma Treatment Approach

3:45 - 4:45pm PT

Day 8

Wednesday, May 26th, 2021

DAILY RAFFLE: 5:00-5:15PM PT - Advanced EMDR Training for children with developmental trauma and dissociation (LEARN MORE)


Co-Founder, Joy + Justice Collaborative and Ominira Labs

Expansive & Ethical

Anti-Oppression for Healers

2:15 - 3:30pm PT 


Child & Dissociation Trauma Expert

Why Is Safety So Important? Treatment of Children & Adolescents with Developmental Trauma

3:45 - 4:45pm PT

Day 9

Thursday, May 27th, 2021



Founder, Latinx Therapy

Mental Health Advocacy through Podcasting and Digital Platforms

2:30 - 3:30pm PT


Thinking Outside the Box When Building Rapid Response Teams and Humanitarian Partnerships

Founder, Scaling Up

3:45 - 4:45pm PT

Day 10

Friday, May 28th, 2021

DAILY RAFFLE: 5:00-5:15pm PT - ASSYST-R Individual & Group Training (LEARN MORE)


Psychotherapist, Business Coach

The Three Pillars of a Thriving Private Practice

2:30 - 3:30pm PT


Program Coordinator, Scaling Up

Using Online Automation to Prevent Burnout and Overwhelm

3:45 - 4:45pm PT

Continuing Education (CE) credits and EMDRIA CEUs:

The Be Bold Summit is designed for helping professionals around the world. If you are a mental health therapist living in the United States and want Continuing Education (CE) credits and/or EMDRIA CEUs (for EMDR trained therapists), we’ve built in an option for to receive CEs and CEUs as part of the Premium Extended Access Package. Details are available after you register for free!

A note about accessibility:

Accessibility and inclusivity are important to us. Every year, we do our best to improve in this area – 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 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 us at


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



Join Us

Frequently asked questions

Home Page FAQ

Is this really free?

Yes, as long as you attend May 17th-28th, 2021. 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

Click here to join our facebook community