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Enneagram: Compulsive Gambling Addiction and Recovery A New Approach with Helen Palmer

Total Credits: 5 including 5 Board of Behavioral Sciences BBS CA

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Mental Health
Helen Palmer
5:16 hours
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Course Description:

This course presents the Enneagram system as an innovative new approach for the treatment and recovery of compulsive gambling and other process addictions.  Each of the nine types that comprise the system provides an accurate and comprehensive map of the mental and emotional structure of the client consistent with the client’s self-understanding.  The persuasive case to employ the Enneagram system is made by the nine recovering addicts who are interviewed for this course. Their honest and authentic self-disclosures are consistent with their respective types and speak to the value, accuracy, and practicality of the system. The overall result challenges the more traditional “one size fits all” strategy for treatment and recovery. One can only conclude that there is not just one way to treat an addict, but nine different and unique approaches, each with its own structure, inner dynamics, and vocabulary.   

Gambling Addiction & Recovery Course Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe how the Enneagram can be an innovative approach in the treatment of clients struggling with compulsive gambling and other process addictions;
  2. Describe how the specific mental and emotional patterns of each of the nine types impacts and influences addiction and recovery;
  3. Describe type-based behavioral strategies for improving the therapeutic alliance with clients as they are to themselves;
  4. Apply a type-based vocabulary to improve the quality and content of the client’s self-disclosure in a therapeutic setting.


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Mozhgan Saedi, Mohammad Mahdi Amiri, Maryam Ahmadi, and Saied Komasi.  (2019) “The Relationship Between the Enneagram Personality Types and Health Responsibility in Patients with Substance Use Disorder: A Brief Report.”  Jundishapur Journal of Health Sciences (2019). pp. 1-4. Doi:10.5812/jhs.90424.

Mozhgan Saedi, Saeid Komasi, Mohammad Mahdi Amiri, Mona Azizi, and Mostafa Alikhani. (2020). “Is the Enneagram Personality System and Effective Approach in Explaining Drug Addiction?” (2020). Middle East Journal of Rehabilitation and Health Studies, In Press (2020). pp. 1-7. doi: 10.5812/mejrh.98710.

Tapp, Karen and Engebretson, Ken. (2010). “Using the Enneagram for Client Insight and Transformation: A Type Eight Illustration.” Journal of Creativity in Mental Health (2010). Pp. 65-72. Doi: 10.1080/15401381003627277.

Schneider, Jennifer, M.D., Ph.D. and Schaeffer, Brenda, M.A., L.P., C.A.S. (2007) “The Enneagram Typology: A Tool for Understanding and Counseling Sex Addicts.” The Journal of Treatment and Prevention (2007). Pp. 245-278.



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Helen Palmer, MA is an internationally recognized teacher and best selling author of the nine-pointed system known as the Enneagram. Helen’s book, “Understanding Yourself and Others: The Enneagram” is the classic text on the subject.  It has been translated into thirty-two languages and has sold over 1.2 million copies worldwide to date.  Helen is also co-founder of the Enneagram Professional Training Program and Founding Director of the International Enneagram Association with learning cohorts located around the globe.