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. Our training certificate program is rooted in trauma-focused narrative therapy, and our unique group experience emboldens practitioners and leaders to facilitate healing through engaging the core wounding and deep beauty of the heart with courage and compassion.

Join Dr. Dan Allender and The Allender Center Teaching Staff in Seattle over the course of 4 intensive weekends as we learn to access the greatest gift we have to offer others: our presence. Our Training Certificates are immersive, life-changing experiences. We train our participants to foster healing by inviting them to participate in the healing process themselves, in community with other practitioners, under the leadership of a seasoned facilitator.

About the Training Certificates

We have the courage to believe that redemption is possible—even in the face of betrayal, pain, abuse, and trauma. Dr. Dan Allender and The Allender Center community have been prayerfully offering deep, intensive experiences that lead to lasting change for more than 30 years. Our certificate program 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.

Dr. Dan Allender has been developing a theory of change and a method for engaging the nuanced impact of trauma and abuse for more than 30 years. Our Training Certificates engage these categories 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.


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.
  • 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.

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