Topic: Working with the Enneagram – Me and Thee
Presenter: Joan Ellis Thompson, M.A., LPC, LCDC
The Enneagram is an ancient personality typing system, with its roots somewhere in the Middle East. It was introduced to the United States in the mid 1950’s and converted to a form that was more usable. It is now quite mainstream and serves as a tool that is helping many of us to take a deep look at ourselves and discover why we do what we do. Exposing our false self gives us the opportunity to choose a path of transformation, discernment and honesty in our lives. The Enneagram describes nine different personality types, one of which will settle as our particular survival mechanism, our way of coping with the environment in which we grew up. This short presentation will be enough to whet one’s appetite for further study and to show how it can be used to enhance the healing of ourselves and our clients.
Introduction of the creation and history of the Enneagram
Introduction of the 9 personality types
Describe how to use the Enneagram in therapy
Discuss case examples of using the Enneagram
About the Presenter:
With over 46 years of experience in counseling and psychotherapy, Joan Ellis Thompson, specializes in the treatment of addictions. She is the co-owner of The Connection Center, a group counseling and psychotherapy practice, with Dr. Beverly Valtierra. She holds licenses as a Professional Counselor and a Chemical Dependency Counselor. An international speaker and trainer, Joan has delivered workshops and training to physicians and other healthcare providers in the areas of addictions, family dynamics, relationships, counseling skills, the Enneagram and women’s issues. Joan has been a student of the Enneagram for over 25 years and uses it in her personal life as well as with her clients.