Applying to our Externship Program

Begin Your Application

Story and relationship are core aspects of our ethos and central to our admissions process. We look forward to getting to know you and to learning more about what is drawing you to training at the Allender Center.

Our Admissions Counselors work closely with certificate program applicants and look forward to journeying with you —whether you are exploring or ready to apply! You can connect with our team via email ( or phone (206.876.6149).

Application Process

Submit an Online Application

Applications will be received through April 17. The online application requires approximately 30 minutes and must be completed in one sitting. A $50 application fee is required to complete the application. Applicants will be asked to provide some basic contact information and respond to questions about their desire to participate in the Externship program, understanding of the Allender Theory of story engagement, and how they have been utilizing it in their work with others.

Provide a Reference

Within the online application form applicants will be prompted to select either a Seattle School faculty member or Training Certificate Level II trainer from the comprehensive directory within the application as a reference. Admissions will email your reference directly with a custom recommendation form.

Submit a Story Engagement

Once an online application form has been received, our Admissions team will send applicants a Story Engagement Assignment that includes a written personal narrative and instructions for how to interact and respond to the narrative. All Story Engagement documents must be submitted to prior to scheduling your group interview.


The final step in the application process is participating in a group interview. Group interviews will take place online via Zoom during the month of June. Our hope in these interviews is to create space to learn more about who you are and what you hope to gain from participating in our externship training.


Because we believe this work is sacred and because of the capacity required to engage in this level of work we are thoughtful in our review process and cannot guarantee that every applicant will be admitted. We work to be transparent throughout the process and will notify applicants within 2-3 weeks of completing their interview.

Eligibility & Dual Relationships

To be eligible to apply for our Externship program, you must be a graduate of The Seattle School or Training Certificates Level II at The Allender Center.

You are ineligible for the Externship program if you, your spouse/partner, or child/dependent are in a current client-therapist relationship with an Externship Trainer or have terminated with an Externship Trainer less than one year prior to admittance to the program. The 2020-21 Externship training team is still in formation and will come from our skilled Teaching Staff and Training & Pastoral Team members. If you are accepted to the program and a conflicting client-therapist relationship is identified, then you will receive a full refund of all application and enrollment fees paid.

Costs & Payment Options

Tuition for this year-long training is $4,950. A $500 deposit is due at the time of enrollment to secure your seat in the training. The remaining balance may be paid in full or in two or four installments.

We are committed to keeping the cost of this training as accessible as we are able. We have tremendous gratitude for the investment of our donors who make it possible for us to offer this high-touch, immersive experience. Additionally, a limited number of scholarships are available for those experiencing financial hardship. Applicants may request a scholarship within the application form.