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The Enneagram Professional Training Program™
The four-section Enneagram Professional Training Program™ (EPTP) is designed for those who would like to pursue teacher certification or use the Enneagram in their professional practice or workplace. Section 1, the Enneagram Intensive™, is a six-day foundational program that we also offer as a stand-alone workshop. This course is open to anyone with some prior knowledge of the Enneagram who wants to participate in an intensive growth process in a safe and receptive community dedicated to diversity.
Who should attend
• Anyone on a path of personal transformation
• Therapists, counselors, physicians, nurses
• Business managers, coaches, trainers
• Spiritual directors and clergy
• Teachers and parents
We teach in the Narrative Tradition of people speaking on their own behalf. We have found that the most effective way to teach the Enneagram and recognize personality differences is through people speaking from their own experience. Much of the learning happens when participants are seated with people of the same type, sharing their insights and personal stories.
The panel interviews bring the Enneagram alive through meaningful conversation and insights. To create a powerful immersion experience, we combine our teachings in the Narrative Tradition with informative lectures, self-observation practices, group exercises by type, guided interactions, movement practices, psychological practices, and deep personal inquiry and reflection.
Graduates of the Enneagram Intensive™ are eligible to join the Enneagram Association in the Narrative Tradition (EANT) as associate members. Upon completion of all four EPTP segments, certified teachers may become professional members. All members receive admission to the annual conference, membership directory, subscription to the quarterly journal/newsletter, TALK, and personal and professional networking opportunities.
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Section 1: The Enneagram Intensive™
A six-day course integrating psychological life and spirit
Also offered as a stand-alone workshop, the Enneagram Intensive offers a full examination of the structure and psychodynamics of the nine personality types, including the basic proposition, instinctual subtypes, patterns of personal reactivity and defense mechanisms. Participants focus on personal development and relationship issues with other types through self-inquiry, process interactions and specific strategies for change. Facilitators may include David Daniels, Peter O’Hanrahan, Terry Saracino and/or other EPTP Associates depending on location. Helen Palmer is present through a recorded set of 12 powerful guided meditations. Learn more about the Enneagram Intensive™ or see current schedule.
Section 2: Deepening Spiritual Awareness (22 CEUs) and the Typing Process (22 CEUs)
Each three-day course can be taken independently, or in combination as Week 2 of the Enneagram Professional Training Program.
The first three days, Deepening Spiritual Awareness, focuses on type structure as a means of spiritual evolution. Discover firsthand the psychospiritual benefits of the Enneagram in this enlightening weekend workshop in the Narrative Tradition with renowned teachers Helen Palmer, Terry Saracino and Marion Gilbert. You'll have the opportunity to practice self-observation methods and gain many insights from Enneagram panel representatives of the nine Enneagram types. This segment of the EPTP curriculum is open to the public as a stand-alone workshop. (This course replaces the workshop previously known as Foundations of Spiritual Method.) No prior training in the Enneagram is required.
The second three days, The Typing Process, bring typing and panel interviewing alive with special attention to distinguishing among types using verbal, non-verbal and observational cures. Practice sessions offer participants a rare hand-on opportunity to develop typing and panel interviewing skills with supervision and feedback.
SECTION 1 (also can be taken as a stand-alone workshop):
May 24-28, Elspeet, Netherlands
June 14-18, Helsinki, Finland
June 21-23 and July 12-14, St. Paul, MN
August 9-14, Menlo Park, CA
August 23-25 and Sept 20-22, Detroit, MI
September 24-29, Sydney, Australia
September 27 - October 1, Elspeet, Netherlands
October 21-26, Nantes, France
October 25-31, Asheville, NC
October 27-31, Kleinmond, South Africa
November 22-25, United Kingdom (city TBA)
December 7-12, Shenzhen, China
Check back for other dates and locations to be announced.
SECTION 2 (can be taken as a six-day training or as stand-alone workshops):
Deepening Spiritual Awareness and the Typing Process
August 16-21, Menlo Park, CA (Six-day training)
Deepening Spiritual Awareness
August 16-18, Menlo Park, CA
October 2-3, Cincinnati, OH
The Typing Process
August 19-21, Menlo Park, CA
SECTION 3: The Internship Process
Typing and panel interviews – offsite supervised practicum
Each student selects a supervisor or mentor from the program and conducts 18 typing interviews and two panel practice sessions, half of which are coached by the supervisor or mentor. These sessions focus on both technical skills and self-management of the interview and inquiry process. This one-on-one relationship with an experienced certified teacher provides an excellent context for further learning and practice. Each student also completes a review and submits it to the supervisor for assessment and feedback prior to attending Section 4.
SECTION 4: Professional Certification
Six-day course (repeat of The Enneagram Intensive™ as a certifying candidate)
This repeat of the Enneagram Intensive™ offers a full examination of the structure and dynamics of the types. During the first round of panels, candidates for teacher certification conduct interviews with support and feedback from staff. Candidates also demonstrate typing skills and receive additional instruction. The second round of panels further integrates the material. Graduates receive a Certificate of Completion and are eligible to use the Licensed Teaching Materials Package.
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“The training weeks were challenging, yet immensely rewarding. The program revitalized our already enduring relationship, increasing understanding and compassion for habitual behaviors. Our only sadness is that NO words can do justice to what we experienced. A truly watershed adventure!”
I.R. and H.L., business consultants
“As a licensed clinical psychologist for 20 years, I have attended numerous workshops, classes and training throughout my career. Never have I come across an opportunity for both personal and professional growth anything like what is offered in the Enneagram Professional Training Program. Far beyond advancing my clinical skills, this program has helped me move forward as a full human being.”
D.S., clinical psychologist
“The training was a huge turning point for me. The experience clarified and deepened the self-awareness I had been working toward for some time. I was able to see others and myself in a far more realistic and compassionate way. Even better, I learned how to combine this awareness with relaxation techniques from my meditation practice. I actually changed.”
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The Enneagram Association in the Narrative Tradition (EANT) provides scholarship assistance to prospective participants in the Enneagram Professional Training Program. The goal is to enable people who can take the Enneagram to new and diverse audiences to certify as Enneagram teachers. The five major criteria for selection include:
1) Financial need
2) Intention to teach
4) Non-profit or community service
5) Volunteer teaching
To qualify for a scholarship, applicants must meet the first two criteria plus at least one of the other criteria. For information about applying for scholarship aid, contact Tracy Colina or call 866-366-8973 (toll-free in the United States) or 513-829-3457 (outside of the U.S.)
Continuing education units
The Enneagram Intensive is pre-approved for 42 hours of Continuing Education credits (CEUS) for MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and LPCCs through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Deepening Spiritual Awareness and The Typing Process each grant 22 CE hours (44 hours total for the week). Contact us to learn more.
The Typing Process is also pre-approved for 22 hours of Continuing Education credits (CEUs)by the National Board of Certified Counselors.
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Faculty varies by location. Instructors may include David Daniels, Peter O’Hanrahan and/or Terry Saracino. Helen Palmer is present through a recorded set of 13 powerful guided meditations. (Other certified EPTP associates also may co-facilitate workshops in some locations worldwide.) Extensive handouts include current unpublished works by Helen and David.
David Daniels, MD, co-founder of the Enneagram Professional Training Program (EPTP), is a clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford Medical School and co-author of The Essential Enneagram (HarperCollins). In private practice for more than three decades, David has taught the Enneagram system at Stanford, in the community and internationally for 15 years. He brings his knowledge of the Enneagram to individuals, couples and groups, and to a wide range of applications in clinical practice and the workplace. Read full bio and see teaching schedule>
Helen Palmer, co-founder of EPTP, has authored five highly acclaimed books in the field of human consciousness. The Enneagram and The Enneagram in Love and Work are perennial international bestsellers, now in 26 languages. Helen was featured in the PBS documentary, Breaking Out of the Box: Discovering the Enneagram. She has co-taught the Enneagram Professional Training Program with David Daniels since 1988. For her distance learning programs, visit www.enneagram.com. Read full bio and see teaching schedule>
Terry Saracino, MA, MBA, is president of the nonprofit Enneagram Studies in the Narrative Tradition and on the faculty of the internationally recognized EPTP. She has taught the Enneagram since 1989, bringing it to individuals and organizationsd throughout the U.S. and internationally as a tool for personal, professional and spiritual growth. She is the founder of the Enneagram Center in Denver, CO and has created a variety of innovative courses on the transformative power of the Enneagram. Read full bio and see teaching schedule>
Peter O'Hanrahan, Associate Trainer of the Enneagram Professional Training Program (EPTP), has taught the Enneagram to helping professionals, business groups and the public for 30 years. Since 1978 Peter has integrated the Enneagram into his practice as a counselor and body therapist. He managed the Center for Human Growth in Berkeley from 1977 to 1989, incorporating the Enneagram in the program. He teaches in the U.S, Europe and China. Read full bio and see teaching schedule>
Marion Gilbert, PT, Associate Trainer of the EPTP, has been practicing physical therapy for more than 30 years. She is the co-owner of Spring Hill Physical Therapy and Acupuncture Center in Grass Valley, CA. Marion has applied the Enneagram personally and professionally for more than 10 years. She teaches Enneagram classes in Grass Valley and Nevada City through the Yuba River Enneagram Community. Read full bio>
Renée Rosario, MA, LPC, became a certified Enneagram teacher through the EPTP in 2001, and joined the faculty in 2012. A graduate of Naropa University, she is a psychotherapist in private practice in Boulder, specializing in transpersonal development and trauma, and has taught the Enneagram for 11 years. See full bio>
Tracy Colina, director of outreach
866-366-8973 (toll-free in the U.S.)
513-829-3457 (outside the U.S.)
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