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 four 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 four intensive weekends:

  • October 12, 2023 – Two-hour Orientation
  • October 19-22, 2023 – Session 1
  • November 30 – December 3, 2023 – Session 2
  • February 15-18, 2024 – Session 3
  • April 25-28, 2024 – Session 4

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 2023-24 cohort will be provided.

Key Takeaways

  • Learn to name and utilize core Allender Theory structures, including: narrative, trauma, family of origin, cultural context, arousal, triangulation, complicity, binds, and gaps within story
  • Increase capacity to engage with wisdom and precision through learning to listen to your own body, identifying primary themes in story, learning to read body language and speech, learning to listen to your own body, and growing in discernment regarding the work of evil and the role of shame
  • Develop increased awareness of your personal style of relating and leading, including how it is experienced by others
  • Develop an understanding for how your style of relating was formed within story and how it informs your calling
  • Deepen your understanding of how our past stories of harm continue to play out through the process of countertransference: how particular themes of our story create reenacting experiences within relationships, your leading style, and the group dynamic
  • Continue to grow in personal identity formation and recognize where culture, gender, race, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic experiences inform how you read and engage the personal and collective stories and where they intersect
  • Eligibility to continue to the Certificate in Narrative Focused Trauma Care Level III

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

You Will Also Receive

  • Access to refresher videos of core teaching content from NFTC Level I
  • Access to breakout sessions led by our team and designed to help integrate the training content into your career and daily life
  • Downloadable schedule 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 110 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