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Enneagram: The Therapist’s Panel with Helen Palmer

Total Credits: 1.5 including 1.5 Board of Behavioral Sciences BBS CA

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Helen Palmer
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Course Description:

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.) Identify the therapist/clinician’s own type bias and its influence on the therapeutic alliance;

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


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

Alexander, Morgan and Schnipke, Brent, M.D. (2020). “The Enneagram: A Primer for Psychiatry Residents.”  American Journal of Psychiatry Resident’s Journal (2020) pp. 1-9. 2020. 150301.

Perryman, Kristi and Popejoy, Erin (2018). “Using the Enneagram to Facilitate the Supervision Relationship: A Qualitative Study” (2018).  Journal of Research Counseling Practice (2018) pp. 16-30.

Tapp, Karen and Engebretson, Ken (2018).  “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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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.