Externship Program

As The Allender Center grows, we are committed to developing therapists and leaders who can effectively work within the Allender Theory to effect change and foster healing for those in need. Our Externship Program is designed to teach and train professionals and lay leaders as they develop and hone their personal methodology and practice—particularly as it relates to engaging story and facilitating groups.

An externship at The Allender Center is an in-depth continuation of our Training Certificate offerings or a graduate degree from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. Our Externship Program offers advanced training to a select group of leaders exhibiting a unique aptitude for the Allender Theory and practice.

The Externship Program occurs concurrently with Training Certificate Level I. Externs participate in general sessions as well as specialized teaching sessions featuring exclusive content from Dr. Dan Allender and the Externship Trainers: Cathy Loerzel and Trapper Lukaar. Externs deepen their engagement in story through writing their own stories as well as receiving supervision around engaging written stories from others. Group work is deepened through participating in and practicing facilitating, with supervision from the Externship Trainers.

About the Externship

Our Externship Program is a powerful opportunity to extend your understanding and practice of the Allender Theory by hands-on training designed to embolden you to utilize it effectively and artfully in your work with others. Our Externship Program is intimate, and the hands-on training is deeply formative.

After completing the Externship, participants will be assessed by the Teaching Staff for eligibility to become a Certified Facilitator or Fellow within The Allender Center. Certified Facilitators are stipend positions at The Allender Center playing an integral role in the organization through facilitating groups at the Story Workshop, Story Groups, and other Allender Center workshops. Fellows serve as facilitators at our Training Certificate Level 1 and other workshops.*

*Completion of an Externship does not guarantee a Certified Facilitator or Fellowship position. 

Our Externship program takes place on campus in Seattle, WA over the course of four intensive weekends:

September 21-24, 2017 – Session 1
November 16-19, 2017 – Session 2
January 25-28, 2018 – Session 3
March 15-18, 2018 – Session 4

Eligibility to Apply

To be eligible to apply you must have completed Training Certificate Level I & II or be a graduate of The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology.

Continuing Education Units

Participants in the Externship program at The Allender Center receive a certificate of completion verifying 100 seats hours (60 hours of teaching, 40 hours of group work). Participants may apply for recognition of these hours for CEU credit with their respective licensing bodies. The Allender Center is an organization housed within The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. The Seattle School is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council, and meets the requirements and minimum education standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institution Act.

The Allender Center at The Seattle School will not be held responsible for professional licensing boards or states that do not recognize the requested CEUs.

Applying to our Externship Program