Training Certificate Level II

Training Certificate Level II

Training Certificate Level II is designed for practitioners and leaders who desire to deepen their skills learned in Training Certificate Level I to further serve and foster healing in their communities. This secondary level of training expands on the foundational competencies and story engagement technique of the Allender Theory developed in Training Certificate Level I, and will cultivate your own unique style of story work facilitation through targeted teaching, experiential learning, and comprehensive feedback and coaching on your personal strengths and growth opportunities.

Join a small cohort of Training Certificate Level I alumni for two intensive weekends dedicated to honing and shaping your technique and competency in story facilitation utilizing the Allender Theory. Take your skills to the next level under the leadership of Teaching Staff team members Cathy Loerzel, Susan Kim, and Abby Wong-Heffter, along with facilitators Susan Cunningham and Cyndi Mesmer.

About Training Certificate 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 Training Certificate 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.

Training Certificate Level II will take place at The Seattle School over the course of two intensive weekends:

October 24-27, 2019 – Session 1
February 27- March 1, 2020 – Session 2

Each session runs on a similar schedule beginning Thursday morning at 8:30am and ending Sunday by 12:30pm. A detailed schedule for the 2019-20 cohort will be provided at the time of enrollment.

Eligibility to Apply

To be eligible to apply you must have completed Training Certificate Level I or be a graduate of The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology.

Continuing Education Units

Participants in Training Certificate Level II at The Allender Center receive a certificate of completion verifying 50 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.

Program Details & Application Process