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Enneagram: The Therapist’s Panel with Helen Palmer

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Helen Palmer
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This one and half hour course features interviews by Helen Palmer with nine practicing therapists. Each panelist represents one of the nine types in the Enneagram system. Insightful, well-spoken, and self-disclosing, each type exemplar describes in detail how they use the Enneagram in their practice and in their personal and professional development. A common disclosure is how incorporating the Enneagram into one’s practice not only complements the more traditional approaches to therapy but allows the client to be seen as they are to themselves. At the same time, and as critical, the type bias of the therapist is explored including its influence on the therapeutic alliance. The combined impact of these nine interviews makes a persuasive case for learning and applying the wisdom of the Enneagram system for personal and professional development.

Course Objectives:

1.) Learn how a therapist/clinician can benefit from knowing and applying the Enneagram for themselves and their clients;

2.) Learn how a therapist/clinician can become aware of their own type bias in the therapeutic alliance;

3.) Learn how to see clients as they are to themselves and not exclusively through the lens of diagnostic categories;

4.) Learn how to effectively enroll clients in their own therapeutic process whether individuals, couples and/or families using the Enneagram system.



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Choucroun, Pierre, PhD. (2012). “An Exploratory Study of the Enneagram Typology in Couple Counseling: A Qualitative Analysis.”  Dissertation presented to the Graduate Faculty of the University of Texas at San Antonio College of education and Human Development, Department of Counseling, December, 2012.

Matise, Miles (2018). “The Enneagram: An Enhancement to Family Therapy.” Contemporary Family Therapy, An International Journal (2018) pp. 1-10. American.

Perryman, Katie (2018).  “Using the Enneagram to Facilitate the Supervision Relationship: A Qualitative Study” (2018). Journal of Counseling Research and  Practice, (Vol. 3, No. 1) pp. 16-30.

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.


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