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

Date: 9:00am - 4:00pm PDT September 6, 2019 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

This two-part 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.

These workshops can be taken as a two-day immersive or a one-day to deepening course for those who have participated in a previous Enneagram training at Lewis & Clark.

Friday, September 6th
Introduction to the Enneagram  

This workshop will provide an introduction of the Enneagram and is designed for those looking to incorporate the tool into their personal and clinical practice. 

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 training materials enhancing the exploration of this personality typology that spans the human experience from psychological to spiritual development.

Saturday, September 7th
The Enneagram and Your Clinical Practice: Deeper Understanding and Practical Applications

Designed for counselors who are interested in applying the Enneagram to their individual work or group work with clients. 

Content will delve more deeply into the core psychological structures, motivations, areas of avoidance and primary defense mechanisms amongst the nine personality types. We will explore the dynamic nature of the system, including: stress/security states, fixations and addictive tendencies, type-specific interventions and counter/transference issues. 

This portion will help strengthen one’s confidence when offering direction and perspective to clients, or when sharing the Enneagram when they are ready for it. Participants will:

  • Explore counter/transference issues
  • Identify effective life-changing strategies and interventions for each of the types
  • Enjoy the benefits of self-reflection, self-observation and group processes with an experienced community of professionals who know their own instincts and types
  • Commit to a process where the Enneagram enhances your own personal growth while supporting the work of others professionally

Workshop Details & Registration

Date: Friday-Saturday, September 6-7, 2019, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Instructor: Dale Rhodes, MS, MA

Cost: $225 before 8/15, $250 after. Includes 12 CEUs. Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20%. Students: $100 

One day rate available for those with previous Enneagram training from Lewis & Clark. Please contact with questions and/or to register.

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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: Student 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