Allender Center externship

Externship Program – Online

As The Allender Center grows, we are committed to developing therapists and leaders who can effectively apply the Allender Theory to effect change and foster healing for those in need.

The Externship at The Allender Center is an in-depth continuation of our Certificates in Narrative Focused Trauma Care or a graduate degree from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. Our Externship program offers advanced training to leaders exhibiting a unique aptitude for the Allender Theory and practice.

This year’s Externship teaching team includes Dan Allender, Sam Lee, and Cathy Loerzel.

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Who This is For

  • Clinicians
  • Lay leaders
  • Helping professionals

What You Will Gain

  • Extend your understanding and practice of the Allender Theory by hands-on training
  • Develop and hone your personal methodology and practice
  • Increase competency in group work facilitation skills under the supervision of the Externship training team
  • Deepen your engagement in story work through writing your own stories and receive guidance as you engage written stories from others
  • Prerequisite training for anyone seeking to be a Fellow with The Allender Center


The Externship program takes place online over the course of four intensive weekends:

August 19, 2021 – Two-hour Orientation
August 26-29, 2021 – Session 1
October 28-31, 2021 – Session 2
December 9-12, 2021 – Session 3
February 10-13, 2022 – Session 4

You Will Experience

Each Weekend:

  • Live, interactive teaching from our skilled teaching team (10 hours per weekend)
  • Group work with a skilled Allender Center Facilitator trained to lead in a virtual format (12 hours per weekend)
  • A schedule that is designed with intention for rest and sustainability, including provision of self care resources to utilize throughout the program and beyond
  • A seamless learning environment hosted by Zoom technology with access to technical support during the program weekend
  • Specific space during the weekends hosted by our staff of color for non-majority participants to connect and converse
  • Dedicated program, pastoral care, and intercession team to help curate and host each weekend

Between Weekends:

  • Preparatory reading, films, and writing assignments to support your learning and development
  • Videos to teach core learning concepts and provide examples of small group facilitation to further develop your story engagement skills
  • Individual consultation to view a video of yourself engaging a story in a small group context and receive individualized feedback from an Externship leader
  • Three breakout sessions focused on body care, supplemental teaching, and application of this work hosted by our staff and facilitators.

Supplemental Resources

  • Access to refresher videos of core teaching content from the Certificate in Narrative Focused Trauma Care Level I
  • Downloadable handbook to guide you through the program weekends
  • Access to the recordings of all teaching sessions throughout the duration of the program year

How to Prepare

  • Locate a space in your home or other getaway location that is comfortable and offers privacy throughout the program
  • High speed internet connection and device: All small groups and teaching sessions will take place online. Stable internet connection with video and audio capabilities is required to participate.

Eligibility to Apply

To be eligible to apply for our Externship program, you must be a graduate of The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology or have completed The Allender Center’s Certificate in Narrative Focused Trauma Care Level II (previously titled Training Certificate Level II).

Continuing Education Units

Participants in the Externship program at The Allender Center receive a certificate of completion verifying 110 seat hours (60 hours of teaching, 50 hours of group work). Participants may apply for recognition of these hours for CEU credit with their respective licensing bodies. The Allender Center is 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) and the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), 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