Allender Center supervision

Supervision Weekends

A primary desire for any counselor is to help clients find lasting healing, restoration, and joy—but the path to get there is not always clear. At The Allender Center, we believe the core experiences of trauma, loss, shame, and heartache in the early years of life have a profound impact on the capacity to experience emotional resiliency, true healing, and healthy relationships. Effecting lasting change and taking your counseling work to a deeper level requires learning the art of engaging clients’ core stories to dismantle deep-seated emotional patterns and open the door to more effective work. To accomplish this, we believe that you must understand your own story’s heartache and how it can either increase or limit your capacity to see and enter similar themes on behalf of your client.

Supervision Weekends at The Allender Center offer unique and dynamic consultation that results in the capacity to more efficiently address the root issues with your clients and move them toward lasting change. We utilize your presenting case as a springboard to illuminate entry points into deeper work with your clients through the narratives they bring, and we help you identify places of countertransference and potential roadblocks in your work that result from aspects of your own story.

“As people who want to come alongside people on their healing paths, we often struggle to find safe places where we can journey ourselves. These Supervision Weekends are deep wells along what can feel like long and dusty roads.” — Supervision Weekend participant

Supervision Weekends are an impactful experience designed to:

  • Infuse and enhance your own therapy style with The Allender Theory to help you more quickly identify and engage a client’s core struggles.
  • Understand how trauma houses itself within the body physiologically, and utilize that knowledge to increase your capacity to recognize core places of wounding that have not yet been spoken by your clients.
  • Utilize the lens of countertransference and the belief that you can only take someone as far as you have gone yourself, illuminate and address elements in your own story that may impact your client interactions and cause roadblocks to deeper engagement.

Groups are limited to 6 therapists each to allow for focused time tailored to each participant’s needs.

Workshop Preparation

Capture Video of Your Work With a Client
Please bring video of a session with one of your clients to view during the weekend. Video allows us access to body language, facial expressions, words, tone, and timing that offers significant data to work with as we engage with you throughout the weekend. If capturing video is not possible, an audio recording or verbal account can be used.

We will enter the weekend with the expectation that you have a general understanding of the core categories from which we approach entering story and movement toward healing. If you are new to Dan Allender’s material or this is one of your first Allender Center workshop experiences, we recommend that you choose one or all of the following resources:

  • The Healing Path by Dr. Dan Allender
    The Healing Path offers a general framework for our guiding categories of narrative around Faith, Hope and Love and their converse of betrayal, powerlessness, and ambivalence that occurs via harmful life experience.
  • Healing The Wounded Heart by Dr. Dan Allender

Continuing Education Units

Participants will receive a certificate of completion verifying 14 seats hours. 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.