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Continuing Education

Understanding Personality for Clinical Professionals: The Enneagram’s 9 Points of View

Date: 9:00am - 5:00pm PDT September 21, 2018 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

This workshop will provide an overview and in-depth study of the dynamic system of nine personality types known as the Enneagram, and how it can be harnessed as an effective resource for both personal and professional applications. 

The Enneagram is based on the concept that all people belong to one of nine major personality types. The purpose is not to put anyone into a box, but to offer a roadmap that helps address the specific challenges of each personality type, and how to develop the unique virtues of that type that may be discovered. 

Support for better relationships and communication is a focus of the system, with the idea that discovering the “lens” through which we view the world is the first step in comprehending how others may experience it. Basic knowledge of the ‘Nine Points of View’ will help you to broaden your understanding and communication skills with others, in both your personal and professional life.

Past participants have said…

Dale is a fabulous teacher. I love his sense of humor and self referencing. This workshop provided a great “toolbox” for a better understanding of personality types, and ways to work with the challenges that may come with each.” - Past Participant

It was over a decade ago that I first discovered the gift of the Enneagram. As both a pastor and a psychiatric RN, I have made use of the Enneagram in helping me understand both the people I serve and, more importantly, why I respond to them as I do.” - Past Participant

Dale Rhodes brings his professional expertise in psychology and spiritual direction as he explores and deepens clients’ awareness of the spiritual dimension of healing using the Enneagram as a teaching tool. He offers hope for potential change, for those struggling with addiction, as clients are introduced to a deeper understanding of their type.”  - Jacky C. Johnson, MA, CADC II, Spiritual Care Counselor

Participants will enjoy an insightful group experience of self- and other- discovery, while adding an essential tool for building stronger client-counselor rapport and more effective interventions. 

Using presentation, resource materials, and video case studies of advanced students speaking about their own types, we will engage in peer inquiry about how type may affect our practices from marketing, and communication and intervention styles, to transference issues between counselor and client, and more.

Teachings will emphasize how this tool can be used for:

  • Improving self-awareness as a counselor
  • Deepening understanding of how clients’ personality styles relate to their problems, and 
  • Helping clients who are ready for this system to gain meaningful insights and strategies for self-care 

Participants will receive an assessment tool and written training materials enhancing the exploration of this personality typology that spans human experience from psychological to spiritual development. 

Workshop Details & Registration

Date: Friday, September 21, 2018, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Instructor: Dale Rhodes, MS, MA

Cost: $125 before 8/29, $150 after. Includes 7 CEUs. $50 student rate. Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20%.

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  • We are committed to making our events accessible to all needs and abilities. When registering, let us know your access needs. Please contact us at 503-768-6040 or with questions.

    Please note: Discounted ‘Student Rate’ registrations are for current students only and do not include continuing education credit (CEU/PDUs)


About the Instructor

Dale Rhodes, MS, MA is a mentor, trainer and consultant with professional certifications in the Enneagram, Spiritual Direction and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®). His mentoring with individuals provides support for those who want to understand themselves and others more fully. Dale brings extensive experience in training and nonprofit business management to his work with groups and organizations. 

Dale has an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies/Spiritual Traditions and Ethics from Marylhurst University, an M.S. in Nonprofit Administration from Spertus College of Judaica in Chicago, and an undergraduate degree in Interpersonal Communication & Gender Studies from the University of Illinois Chicago. In 2002 he established Enneagram Portland, a local training and education resource for exploring personality studies. Dale maintains a private mentoring practice in downtown Portland. For more information, visit