Training Certificate Level II

Certificate in Narrative Focused Trauma Care Level II – Online

Certificate in Narrative Focused Trauma Care Level II is designed for practitioners and leaders who desire to deepen their skills learned in Certificate in Narrative Focused Trauma Care Level I to further serve and foster healing in their communities. Now available in an interactive, fully online format, this secondary level of training expands on the foundational competencies and story engagement technique of the Allender Theory developed in Certificate in Narrative Focused Trauma Care Level I. It will cultivate your own unique style of story work facilitation through targeted teaching, experiential learning, and comprehensive coaching on your personal strengths and growth opportunities.

Take advantage of the online format to join a cohort of Certificate in Narrative Focused Trauma Care Level I alumni for two intensive weekends dedicated to honing and shaping your technique and competency in story facilitation utilizing the Allender Theory. This is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for to take your skills to the next level under the leadership of our Teaching Staff.

…this training is imperative if they want to do work specifically as it relates to narrative focused trauma care. I think the Cert I is more about understanding and Cert II is about taking what we’ve learned and applying it in real time. It’s extremely valuable and I’m so glad that I answered the call.
– Recent Narrative Focused Trauma Care Level II participant

About Level II

We believe there is a strong connection between learned theory, personal transformation, and the ability to care for others’ stories with artistry and skill. It requires returning regularly to core concepts, continuing your own healing journey, and creating space to practice and receive guidance along the way. Our Certificate in Narrative Focused Trauma Care Level II is designed to combine all of these realms to support your growth as a story practitioner within your particular context of ministry or counseling.

Central to this next level of training is a deepened capacity to recognize core issues of shame, contempt, and ambivalence as they are revealed through story, and identify inroads to name and engage these themes more effectively with those in your care.

Application and practice of your knowledge and technique will play out in small group settings, in which you will take a turn as the leader to facilitate engagement with other participants’ stories. Personal feedback and coaching on your facilitation strengths and opportunities will be coupled with thoughtful engagement around ways your own story has shaped your style of relating. Through identifying your own story’s heartache and how it can either increase or limit your capacity to see and enter similar themes on behalf of those you are working with, you will unlock doors to providing breakthrough care and support to others.

Certificate in Narrative Focused Trauma Care Level II will take place online over the course of one orientation and two intensive weekends:

October 8, 2020 – Two-hour orientation
October 15-18, 2020 – Session 1
February 25-28, 2021 – Session 2

Each session runs on a similar schedule, beginning Thursday morning at 8:00am PST and ending Sunday by 1:00pm PST. A detailed schedule for the 2020-21 cohort will be provided at the time of enrollment.

Your Experience Includes

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)
  • Witness members of our skilled facilitation team lead a small group and engage intentionally with individual’s stories, with space to discuss and debrief the experience in order to further understand the practical application of the methodology in real time
  • 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 videos to teach core learning concepts and provide examples of story engagement to further develop your facilitation skills
  • 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
  • Facilitated Cultural and Identity Development Reading Groups to discuss the assigned readings and films and explore how cultural context and ethnic identity impacts every person and every story

You Will Also Receive

  • Membership to a private Facebook group to connect and interact as a cohort during the program year
  • 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 I or be a graduate of The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology.

Continuing Education Units

Participants in Certificate in Narrative Focused Trauma Care Level II at The Allender Center receive a certificate of completion verifying 55 seat 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) 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