Allender Center externship

Externship Program – Online

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 online 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.

Externs participate in virtual teaching sessions featuring exclusive content from our skilled Teaching and Facilitation team and Dr. Dan Allender. Externs deepen their engagement in story work through writing their own stories and receive guidance as they engage written stories from others. Group work skills are deepened through practicing small group story facilitation under the supervision of our Externship training team.

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 Narrative Focused Trauma Care Level 1 and other workshops.*

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

Our Externship program takes place online over the course of four intensive weekends:
September 3, 2020 – Two-hour Orientation
September 10-13, 2020 – Session 1
November 5-8, 2010 – Session 2
January 7-10, 2021 – Session 3
March 11-14, 2021 – Session 4

You Will Experience

Each Weekend:

  • Live, interactive teaching from our skilled Teaching Team (10 hours)
  • Facilitated group work with a skilled Allender Center Facilitator who is trained to lead in a virtual format (12 hours)
  • NEW in 2020: Teaching and material focused on collective and racial trauma
  • 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 assignment 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
  • Practitioner Focus Gatherings centered on contextualizing the application of this training into your particular environment such as ministry, clinical counseling, medical community, or other care-based settings

You Will Also Receive

  • Access to refresher videos of core teaching content from NFTC Level I
  • Access to Body Kindness Session videos led by our team and designed to support physical stress relief and emotional release throughout the program
  • Downloadable handbook to guide you through the program weekends
  • Access to the recordings of all teaching sessions throughout the duration of the program year

You Will Need

  • To prepare your space: Locate a space in your home or other getaway location that is comfortable and offers privacy throughout the duration of the workshop
  • 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 you must have completed Certificate in Narrative Focused Trauma Care Level 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 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 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) 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