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:
Bland, Andrew. “The Enneagram: A Review of the Empirical and Transformational Literature” (2010). Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Education, and Development, Spring 2010, Volume 49, pp. 16-31.
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. Doi.org/10.1080/10720169708404230.Compulsive Gambling Addiction and Recovery Objective #1 Learn how to apply the Enneagram, the nine-type psychological system, as an innovative new approach in the treatment of clients struggling with compulsive gambling and other process addictions
Enneagram Accompanying Notes
When applied to recovery work, the nine point model known as the Enneagram can be used to identify the central character defect of the compulsive gambler that corresponds with their DSM psychological type structure. Consistent with both twelve-step work and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual referenced by behavioral science professionals, the Enneagram is a profoundly effective tool for those individuals who have reached the inner ground of reliable self-observation.
This is the great contribution of the nine speakers who are featured in this three-disc DVD series, all of whom are members of the ABC/Amalgus Recovery Center in Prescott, Arizona. Each articulate speaker honestly and accurately describes the inner structure of their own thoughts, feelings, and agendas that affect their type's recovery.
The nine profiles challenge conventional treatment modalities, teaching us much about how addictive gamblers can more fully participate in their own recovery by learning to observe, disclose, and relinquish their central psychological conflict.
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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.
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