Allender Center certificates

Certificate in Narrative Focused Trauma Care Level I – Online

The Allender Center is committed to training professional therapists, lay counselors, ministry leaders, and advocates to work on behalf of healing and redemption through story—beginning with their own. The interactive, online Certificate in Narrative Focused Trauma Care Level I is rooted in trauma-focused narrative therapy; our unique approach emboldens practitioners and leaders to facilitate healing through engaging the core wounding and beauty of the heart with courage and compassion.

This certificate is now offered in a live, interactive, fully online format! Since travel is not required, this is your opportunity to complete this certificate with greater flexibility and lower cost.

Who is this for?

This certificate is ideal for lay and professional counselors, leaders, advocates, and helpers who desire the capacity to offer deep listening and healing care.

We offer a Clinical Track specifically designed for professional counselors, therapists, psychologists, and social workers. Participants working within these realms may express their interest in this track when applying.

The Certificate in Narrative Focused Trauma Care Level I is an immersive, life-changing experience. We train our participants to foster healing through in-depth teaching and by participating in the healing process themselves. All teaching and healing is engaged in community with other practitioners, under the leadership of a seasoned facilitator. Join Dr. Dan Allender and The Allender Center teaching staff over the course of 4 intensive weekends as we learn to access the greatest gift we have to offer others: our presence.

About Level I

We have the courage to believe that redemption is possible—even in the face of betrayal, pain, abuse, and trauma. Our Certificate in Narrative Focused Trauma Care is missional, because the world is in need of kind, courageous leaders who can offer deep care for the sake of healing, freedom, and redemption.

Lasting change requires the capacity to understand and delve into the complex realms of the human condition. Our specialized tracks are designed to tailor the teaching material and group work for a diverse array of leaders and practitioners caring for people in a variety of contexts—from professional counseling settings to church communities, and nonprofit organizations to business settings.

Certificate in Narrative Focused Trauma Care Level I engages categories of abuse and trauma through in-depth teaching from Dr. Dan Allender and our teaching staff that emphasizes: the nature of story; the impact of trauma and abuse; neurobiology; attachment; the biblical narrative; the categories of faith, hope, and love; family of origin; and the interplay of trauma, theology, and spiritual formation.

Our Certificate in Narrative Focused Trauma Care Level I takes place online over the course of four intensive weekends, with one two-hour orientation session prior to the first weekend.

2020-2021 Cohort Dates:
September 17, 2020 – Two-hour orientation
September 24-27, 2020 – Session 1
November 12-15, 2020 – Session 2
January 14-17, 2021 – Session 3
March 18-21, 2021 – Session 4

Each session runs on a similar schedule, beginning Thursday morning at 8:15am PST and ending Sunday afternoon at 3:30pm PST. A detailed schedule for the 2020-21 cohort will be provided at the time of enrollment.

Your Experience Includes:

Each weekend:

  • Interactive teaching from Dr. Dan Allender and our skilled Teaching Team (9 hours)
  • Facilitated group work with a skilled Allender Center facilitator who is trained to lead in a virtual format (12 hours)
  • Body Kindness Sessions designed to support physical stress relief and emotional release throughout the program year
  • Specific space during the weekends hosted by our staff of color for non-majority participants to connect and converse.
  • 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

Between weekends:

  • Preparatory reading, films, and writing assignment to support your learning and development
  • 2-3 hours of teaching via video to introduce core learning concepts in advance of each program weekend
  • Facilitated Reading Groups to discuss content from assigned books and films
  • Specialized Teaching Sessions led by our diverse Teaching Team who provide unique expertise to enhance the program’s core content and showcase how to apply what you are learning in practical ways

You will also receive:

  • Access to a private Facebook group to connect and interact as a cohort during the program year
  • Downloadable handbook to guide you through the workshop weekend
  • 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.


The Allender Theory is characterized by narrative-focused trauma therapy. We begin with narrative—our foundational origin stories—and consider each through the lens of faith, hope, love, and calling.

Session 1—Faith, Hope and Love: Learning the Components of the Story
Learn about the power of engaging narrative while growing in awareness of your own story and increase your capacity to support and care well for others.

Session 2—Faith: Bridging the Gap Between the Present and Past
Gain a deeper understanding of the ways in which your family of origin impacts your style of being, relating, and leading.

Session 3—Hope: Bridging the Gap Between the Past and the Future
Become empowered to boldly step into the sacred realm of sexuality and desire in order to offer kindness and care to these revealing stories.

Session 4—Love: Revisiting the Present in Light of the Future
Develop an integrated view of the intersection of your story, God’s story, and your calling to uniquely bless the world.

Continuing Education Units

Participants in the Certificate in Narrative Focused Trauma Care Level I at The Allender Center receive a certificate of completion verifying 100 seat hours (50 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.

Program Details & Application Process