Enneagram Approach Professional Training Program


Enneagram Approach Professional Training Program

Level One


Discover practical ways to integrate the Enneagram’s transformative power within your professional practice. The Enneagram is a powerful tool to understand personality, providing numerous practical and often immediate clinical applications. There are nine distinct personality types which reveal the spectrum of perspectives that inform our approach to engaging with clients, as well as  professional and personal relationships. The Enneagram describes the strengths and potentials as well as the unconscious patterns of perception and attention inherent to each personality type.   


This three-part training will provide a foundation for relating to the Enneagram as a psycho-spiritual system for transformation. All three parts offer a grounded balance of intellectual understanding and experiential approaches.  Participants will gain deep insights into the full spectrum of human consciousness, strategies for development, and a clear feel for the inner world of each type.  


The Enneagram Approach is a groundbreaking process that integrates The Enneagram and the Twelve Steps of Recovery to create a powerful process of working with clients towards lasting change. Participants will be introduced to the Twelve Step Process and learn how working the Twelve Steps in combination with each Enneagram Type can enable practitioners to  design an effective plan for client intervention and collaboration for a growth trajectory.  


This Professional Training Program is designed for Licensed Professional Counselors, Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers, Coaches, Spiritual Directors and 12- Step Practitioners to work with The Enneagram Approach. 

You will leave this training with: 

  • A  clear framework  to skillfully work with  a complex system. 

  • Simple methods  and a process for immediate and practical results. 

  • A set of  practical worksheets  to  share with your clients. 

  • The  opportunity  to participate in a monthly peer consultation group. 

Part I – Foundations – 21 Hours

 Training Content

  • Explain how the Enneagram integrates with several psychological and spiritual belief systems. 

  • Discuss the history and development of the Enneagram as it applies to clinical applications 

  • Identify assessment tools and discuss the results 

  • In depth presentation of the nine types to include lecture and experiential exercises

  • Experience Panel interviews to reveal patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving 

  • Define the defense systems of each of the nine types 

  • Prepare typing questions and conduct an interview 

  • Typing Process: develop criteria for typing

  • Learn in depth Steps 1-3 of the Enneagram Approach 

  • Best practices for working with each type 

  • Apply specific somatic experiencing techniques to relax the somatic patterning of each type 

  • Develop a plan a plan for paths of development for each type 

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the history and development of the Enneagram as it applies to clinical applications. 

  • Determine which assessments tools will be most effective to determine your clients type. 

  • Describe the three centers of intelligence and why they are foundational to using the system.  

  • Describe how The Enneagram Approach combines the Enneagram with the Twelve Step process.  

  • Identify nine core beliefs, survival strategies and focus of attention of each type. 

  • Identify nine strengths, challenges and blind spots of each type. 

  • Identify the nine defense systems, idealized self images and avoidances of each type. 

  • Apply specific breathing practices to relax patterns of reactivity.  

  • Compile typing questions.

  • Write a developmental plan for three clients. 

  • Apply specific somatic experiencing techniques to relax the somatic patterning of each type.   

Part II – Instincts – 21 Hours 

Training Content

  • Focuses on learning the Three basic instincts from a biological, emotional and spiritual perspective 

  • Learn in detail all twenty-seven subtypes that shape our clients unconscious emotional drivers and behaviors 

  • Understanding the Three Instincts and relational conflicts 

  • Learn in depth Steps 4-6 of the Enneagram Approach  

  • Taking an Inventory toward Clarity 

  • Commitment to Change and Accountability 

  • Practical Paths of Development  

  • Best practices for working with each type  

Learning Objectives

  • Explain why the instincts are key to understanding what we value the three instincts. 

  • Explain the biological, emotional and spiritual impact of our instinctual drives. 

  • Explain instinct stacks and blind instincts. 

  • Explain how each of the nine types can balance their instincts. 

  • Apply the inquiry method to further expound on your dominant and blind instincts.  

  • Explain how emotions drive specific behavior patterns for each of the nine types. 

  • Design three paths of development for each of the types. 

  • Create amends development plan as a template for working with your clients.  



Part III – Relational Dynamics – 21 Hours 

Training Content

  • Focuses on learning the Nine social styles and approaches to relational conflict from a biological, emotional and spiritual perspective 

  • Understand how to use the Enneagram to foster healthy relationships 

  • Learn in detail object relations theory and patterns of relating 

  • Understanding the spectrum of wellness as a pathway to integration 

  • Learn in depth Steps 7-9 and 10-12 of the Enneagram Approach  

  • Learn the ongoing practice of committing to change through Living Amends  

  • Best practices for working with each type 

  • Inquiry practice 

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the value of using the Enneagram as a psycho spiritual system in a clinical application. 

  • Discuss how the Enneagram can be used as a tool for building healthy relationships.  

  • Explain how the spectrum of wellness can help your clients understand the impact of early childhood. 

  • Discuss how each of the nine types address conflict. 

  • Identify how object relations theory integrates with Enneagram theory. 

  • Identify how the 12-step process enhances relationships and resolving conflicts.  

  • Apply role play to interpersonal relationship dynamics. 

  • Demonstrate how giving respect, recognition or reassurance supports healing. 

  • Apply role play to practice inquiring into a core conflict. 

  • Design ongoing best practices for working with each type. 


Our professional program is accredited through the International Enneagram Association. When you have completed this training, you will be designated an Enneagram Approach™ Certified Professional Level One through Enneagram Charlotte.  

Location and Schedule

1332 Maryland Ave. 

Charlotte, NC 28210

Friday          9:00am-5:30pm        

Saturday      9:00am-5:30pm

Sunday        9:00am-5:30pm

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation more than 15 days prior to the workshop is refundable less a 50.00 handling fee. Cancellations 8 days or less before the workshop transferrable less a 100.00 handling fee.

Accomodations for the Differently Abled

Accommodations for the Differently Abled:
Training facilities are handicap accessible. Individuals needing special accommodations please contact Anne Geary 704.607.9800 or anne@enneagramcharlotte.org

Grievence Policy

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to: Anne Geary, anne@enneagramcharlotte.org or (704) 331.9800. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems.

Commmonwealth Seminars

Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists will receive __ hours of continuing education credit upon completing this program.


To clarify, we at Commonwealth Educational Seminars are providing/awarding CEs for Social Workers nationally, as well as Psychologists, Nurses, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Licensed Mental Health Counselors/Licensed Professional Counselors. To see all states and professions we cover, please visit: https://commonwealthseminars.com/seminars-ce-credit.html



Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.  

Marriage and Family Therapists

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) awards CE's for Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists in the following states: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA,HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MS, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC,ND, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC,SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA,WA, WI, WY.​​   Please note that it is the responsibility of the licensee to check with their individual state board to verify CE requirements for their state.  CES maintains responsibility for these programs. In addition, CES is an approved CE provider for Florida Marriage & Family Therapists (CE Provider # 50-9633) and an approved Continuing Education Provider for Texas Marriage & Family Therapists (Provider Number 558).

Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors, Certified Professional Counselors, Licensed Professional Counselors, Associate Professional Counselors, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors. 


Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) awards CEs for the above listed professions in the following states: AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, ND, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY.  Please note that it is the responsibility of the licensee to check with their individual state board to verify CE requirements for their state.

Social Workers

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) awards Social Work CEs in the following states: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MA, ME, MD, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NH, NM, NY, NC, ND, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY.

 Please note that it is the responsibility of the licensee to check with their individual state board to verify CE requirements for their state.

Social Workers - New York State

Commonwealth Educational Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers 

All Social Workers attending programs that have been awarded Social Work Continuing Education from CES will receive a Certificate upon completion. 


Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to grant Social Work/Licensed Professional Counselor/Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist CEs for the following reasons:

1. CES is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA). 

2. CES programs meet the rules and regulations per-state, of requirements for continuing education offerings. 

 Many states accept CEs for Social Workers/Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists because of approved provider status in any state. 


As an APA approved provider, CES programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).These courses can be utilized by nurses to renew their certification and will be accepted by the ANCC.  Every state Board of Nursing accepts ANCC approved programs except California and Iowa, however CES is also an approved Continuing Education provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider # CEP15567) which is also accepted by the Iowa Board of Nursing. 


Anne Geary interweaves the spiritual and transpersonal Enneagram concepts with a pragmatic approach to transforming historical patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving to the deeper resources of consciousness allowing much greater freedom and creativity.

In 2010 Anne founded Enneagram Charlotte, to serve the Healthcare, Education and Recovery Communities. Her personal mission is to provide the tools and strategies necessary to build a fulfilling life, deepen relationships, and ignite a lifelong commitment to personal development. 


Anne is an International Enneagram Association Accredited Professional and holds certifications with The Narrative Enneagram, The Enneagram Institute and The Enneagram in Business. She is board member of the Narrative Enneagram.

Schedule Part 1




8:30-9:00         Continental Breakfast and Sign In

9-10:30            History, Compatibility of Other Systems, Assessment tools, Centers of                                                       Intelligence

10:30-10:45     Break

10:45-12:15     Panels 8-9-1


1:15-2:45         Panels 2-3-4


3:00-4:30         Panels 5-6-7

4:30-5:30         Discussion

5:30                  Close


8:30-9:00         Continental Breakfast and Sign In

9:00-10:30       Overview of Typing Process 

10:30-10:45     Break

10:45-12:15     Typing Panels 8-9-1


1:15-2:45         Typing Panels 2-3-4

2:45-3:00         Typing Panels 5-6-7

3:00-4:30         Work Groups / Develop Typing Questions

4:30-5:30         Practice Typing Interviews

5:30                 Close


8:30-9:00         Continental Breakfast and Sign In

9-10:30            Overview of Steps 1-3

10:30-10:45     Break

10:45-12:15     Experiential Exercise 8-9-1, Path of Development


1:15-2:45         Experiential Exercise 2-3-4, Path of Development

2:45-3:00         Experiential Exercise 5-6-7, Path of Development

3:00-4:30.        Work Group – Develop Worksheets

4:30-5:30         Personal Development Plan for Training

5:30                 Close

Schedule Part II




8:30-9:00         Continental Breakfast and Sign In

9:00-10:30       Introduction to Instincts

10:30-10:45     Break

10:45-12:15     Working with the Instincts


1:15-2:45         Group Discussion/Inquiry

2:45-3:00         Stacks, Blind Spots

3:00-4:30         Inventory of Instincts Bias

4:30-5:30         Group Discussion/ Inquiry

5:30                 Close



8:30-9:00          Continental Breakfast and Sign In

9:00-10:30        Overview of Nine Self-Preservation Instincts - Panels

10:30-10:45       Break

10:45-12:15       Overview of Nine Sexual Instincts  - Panels 



2:45-3:00           Overview of Nine Social Instincts - Panels 

3:00-4:30           Work Groups / Inquiry

4:30-5:30           Group Discussion



8:30-9:00            Continental Breakfast and Sign In

9:00-10:30          Overview of Steps 4-6

10:30-10:45        Break

10:45-12:15        Experiential Exercises 8-9-1


1:15-2:45            Experiential Exercises 5-6-7

3:00-4:30            Work Group – Develop Worksheets

4:30-5:30            Development Plan to Balance Instincts

5:30                    Close

Schedule Part III




8:30-9:00               Continental Breakfast and Sign In

9:00-10:30             Enneagram As a Psycho Spiritual System

10:30-10:45           Break

10:45-12:15           Composition of Healthy Relationships


1:15-2:45               Resolving Conflict

2:45-3:00               Break   

3:00-4:30               Spectrum of Wellness

4:30-5:30               Group Discussion/Applications

5:30                       Close


8:30-9:00               Continental Breakfast and Sign In

9:00-10:30             Panels - Assertive Approach to Conflict

10:30-10:45           Break

10:45-12:15           Panels – Compliant Approach to Conflict 


1:15-2:45               Panels – Withdrawn Approach to Conflict

2:45-3:00               Break   

3:00-4:30               Group Discussion / Inquiry

4:30-5:30               Work Groups / Applications

5:30                       Close


8:30-9:00               Continental Breakfast and Sign In

9:00-10:30             Overview of Steps 7-9

10:30-10:45           Break

10:45-12:15           Experiential Exercises 8-9-1


1:15-2:45               Experiential Exercises 2-3-4

2:45-3:00               Break   

3:00-4:30               Work Groups – Applications

4:30-5:30               Personal Development Plan Going Forward

5:30                       Close

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