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The Allender Center Podcast features Dr. Dan Allender and his team engaging topics on healing and restoration through the unique intersection of theology and psychology. Through questions submitted by listeners, stories, interviews, and conversations, we engage the deep places of heartache and hope that are rarely addressed so candidly in our culture today. Join us to gain refreshing insight into understanding your story, handling relational struggles, recovering from trauma and abuse, and more.

The mission of The Allender Center is to help people tell their stories with awareness and integrity, and to train them to listen to the stories of others with care, artistry, and skill so that they may foster redemption and healing in their lives. The Allender Center is a pioneering organization committed to boldly engaging the impact of trauma and abuse, providing healing and teaching to individuals, couples, and communities, and training professionals to listen and enter into stories in a way that facilitates transformation and hope. For information on all our programs and live events, visit theallendercenter.org

The Allender Center Podcast The Allender Center | Dr. Dan Allender

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 471 Ratings

The Allender Center Podcast features Dr. Dan Allender and his team engaging topics on healing and restoration through the unique intersection of theology and psychology. Through questions submitted by listeners, stories, interviews, and conversations, we engage the deep places of heartache and hope that are rarely addressed so candidly in our culture today. Join us to gain refreshing insight into understanding your story, handling relational struggles, recovering from trauma and abuse, and more.

The mission of The Allender Center is to help people tell their stories with awareness and integrity, and to train them to listen to the stories of others with care, artistry, and skill so that they may foster redemption and healing in their lives. The Allender Center is a pioneering organization committed to boldly engaging the impact of trauma and abuse, providing healing and teaching to individuals, couples, and communities, and training professionals to listen and enter into stories in a way that facilitates transformation and hope. For information on all our programs and live events, visit theallendercenter.org

    Healing from Spiritual Abuse

    Healing from Spiritual Abuse

    As we continue our discussion about spiritual abuse, this week we’re looking at its impacts and how we can begin to move towards healing.
    If this is a subject you’d like to continue to explore, or if you’d like to share this material with a loved one, we have a list of more articles, podcasts, and online learning opportunities in the show notes of today’s episode.

    • 39 min
    Revisiting Spiritual Abuse

    Revisiting Spiritual Abuse

    We recently re-released the recording of the Confronting Spiritual Abuse webinar led by Rachael Clinton Chen, so we’re also revisiting the topic of spiritual abuse here on the podcast. This week, Dan Allender interviews Rachael Clinton Chen about her experiences with spiritual abuse, how she started teaching on this topic, and how people can identify spiritually abusive people and systems that they encounter. We invite you to stay tuned for the second part of this conversation next week. If you’d like to go deeper into this topic, consider enrolling in the “Confronting Spiritual Abuse Re-Release.” This is a full day of teaching from Rachael Clinton Chen that you may go through at your own pace. 
    We offer this information not only to expose the harm, but because we believe that healing is possible. By doing this work, you can begin to reclaim spiritual beliefs and practices and reconnect with God and others in a deeper way.

    • 32 min
    Care and Mercy for Post-Traumatic Stress

    Care and Mercy for Post-Traumatic Stress

    Dan and Rachael continue their conversation from last week about post-traumatic stress. Once we identify and acknowledge it, how do we offer care for ourselves and those around us?


    We hope this conversation inspires you to  contemplate some of the simple self-care practices and rituals you can implement in your own life, and the ways in which you can tend to yourself and others with mercy and care.

    • 36 min
    The Impacts of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

    The Impacts of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

    Discussing the topic of post-traumatic stress can feel particularly overwhelming because so many of us are currently in a state of ongoing post-traumatic stress. Dan and Rachael approach this conversation feeling weary, yet determined to unpack the impacts of PTSD so that we all might have more awareness, understanding, and grace for ourselves and those around us. We especially acknowledge the leaders and helpers - healthcare workers, teachers, parents, friends, and family members helping loved ones.

    • 38 min
    What the Resurrection Brings

    What the Resurrection Brings

    As we approach Easter, Dan and Rachael consider the resurrection and the promise it holds for our own stories. The resurrection is not meant to dismiss suffering, but to give us hope that there is something on the other side of our suffering.

    • 42 min
    Experiencing Wholeheartedness

    Experiencing Wholeheartedness

    In this continued conversation on what it means to be wholehearted, Dan and Rachael ask one another - and you, dear listeners - to reflect on moments of wholeheartedness in our lives. These are the times when we are most present, most connected, and most alive. These are also the times when we can glimpse the fullness and glory of God.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
471 Ratings

471 Ratings

KimTalim ,

Transforming Stories with the Enneagram

I enjoy all of these podcasts, but this one particularly caught my attention. Great exchange between Ian Cron, Dan Allender, and Rachel Chin. I would love to see them do a conference together. Their work is so complimentary to each other. Information very applicable to learning, healing, and growth Thanks

Trusting in Truth ,

Grief and Gratitude in Partnerships &Parenting

This podcast exposes true dynamics of disappointment and grief we experience in our most intimate relationships. I found it profoundly insightful, helpful and humbling. Dan and Rachel model relational honesty and hope. Thank you!

Earlgrey girl ,

General feedback

I am an avid listener of the podcasts and find the topics to be insightful and helpful in the main.
However the most recent episode (1/21/22) Rachel begins quoting people’s responses during the pandemic I think, saying, “ Oh my God, I’m….” “Oh my God I’m…” and on and on.
It’s not the first time I’ve heard the hosts say “Oh my God!”, in their discussions and it bothers me to hear that right off the bat on a biblically based program.
As a Christ follower, I don’t care for when fellow believers use God’s name in vain…..because it’s such a basic carelessness of a precious tenet of our faith.
It turned me off immediately to want to listen further today.
Please lean into this and take note Dan and team!
You have good things to say but this disappointed me today.

Respectfully,
J Bareham

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