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 Narrative Focused Trauma Care Level I in order 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.

In a newly expanded format that now includes 3 weekends of training, this program will cultivate your own unique style of story work facilitation through:

  • Targeted teaching from expert leaders
  • Experiential learning as you practice group facilitation
  • Comprehensive coaching on your personal strengths and growth opportunities.

“This training is imperative if they want to do work specifically as it relates to narrative focused trauma care. I think Level I is more about understanding and Level 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.

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 work 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.

You will apply and practice your skills and technique as you take a turn as the group leader and facilitate engagement with other participants’ stories. You will receive personal feedback and coaching on your facilitation strengths and opportunities. These will be coupled with thoughtful engagement around ways in which your own story has shaped your style of relating.

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

November 11, 2021 – Two-hour Orientation
November 18-21, 2021 – Session 1
January 6-9, 2022 – Session 2
March 31-April 3, 2022 – Session 3

Each four-day session runs on a similar schedule: 8:00am-4:00pm PT Thursday-Saturday and 8:00am-1:00pm PT Sunday. A detailed schedule for the 2021-22 cohort will be provided.

Key Takeaways

  • Develop increased awareness of your personal style of relating, including how it is experienced by others, and develop an understanding of its formation within story
  • Deepen your understanding of countertransference and re-enactment in order to connect it to origin sources
  • Increase capacity to engage with wisdom through learning to listen to your own body, identifying primary themes in story, learning to read body language and speech, and growing in discernment regarding the work of evil and the role of shame
  • Learn to name and utilize core Allender Theory structures including: narrative, arousal, triangulation, and gaps within story
  • Continue to grow in personal identity formation and recognize where culture, gender, race, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic experiences inform how you read and engage

Your Experience Includes

Each Weekend

  • Live, interactive teaching from our skilled Teaching Team (10 hours)
  • Practice story engagement and receive feedback about your own narrative through group work led by a skilled Allender Center facilitator (12 hours)
  • 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
  • An interactive and supportive learning environment
  • A seamless learning environment hosted by Zoom technology with access to technical support

Between Weekends

  • Preparatory reading, films, and writing assignments to support your learning and development
  • Two to three hours of videos to teach core learning concepts and provide examples of story engagement to further develop your facilitation skills
  • Three optional teaching sessions to enhance core program content and guided body care experiences to support stress relief and emotional well being. These sessions will take place at 4:00 PM PT the following days:
    • Tuesday, October 5
    • Wednesday, November 28
    • Thursday, February 3

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 recordings of all teaching sessions throughout the duration of the program year


  • Prepare your space: Locate a space in your home or other getaway location that is comfortable and offers privacy throughout the duration of each intensive weekend
  • 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 70 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