The Enneagram: A Powerful Tool for Working with Transference...

The Enneagram: A Powerful Tool for Working with Transference...


The Enneagram: A Powerful Tool for Working with Transference and Counter-Transference 

Presented By: Karen Van Zino, MD | November 4, 2017 | 9 am – 4 pm

Location: Embassy Suites, 101 McInnis Parkway, San Rafael, CA 94903

Cost: $110 early registration, up to 10 days prior to seminar, $120 after

CIP Member Rate: $75 early registration, up to 10 days prior to seminar, $85 after

CEs: 6 CEs for MFTs & LCSWs and 6 CEs for Psychologists

Karen Van Zino Bio: 

Dr. Van Zino has always been passionate about teaching the integration of physical and psychological health. While a Stanford medical student she began teaching and continued throughout her twenty-five years of Primary Care Practice in the Bay Area. Currently she teaches Clinical Medicine in Stanford’s Primary Care Program and is an Authorized Riso Hudson Enneagram Teacher working with individuals from around the world,  helping them to gain insight into how Personality impacts both physical and mental health. Karen balances her work with hikes in the woods and cooking Italian dishes from her garden.

Course Description:

The awareness of different temperaments, personalities, or so called archetypes and their impact on human behavior has long been a subject of deep interest for mental health care providers. This course presents the Enneagram as a unique, elegant, and simple system with which to gain deeper insights into the client’s as well as the therapist’s personality type patterns which are the basis for patterns of Transference and Counter-transference in the clinical setting. With a clear awareness of personality patterns likely to emerge, especially during times of extreme stress, the therapist can gain more expertise to creatively intervene with clients using strategies tailored to their individual needs while holding awareness of his or her own bias and recognizing the impact upon the client. 

Through the use of didactic presentations, demonstrations, and short exercises the following topics will be covered:

  • skills for accurately assessing personality type
  • tools to bring awareness to the therapist’s own potential biases
  • how to use the Enneagram as a framework to precisely interpret and transcend counter-transference
  • how to use the Enneagram to predict specific type transference behaviors
  • how the levels of psychological health for each of the nine personality types impact transference and counter-transference
  • tools to effectively work with the challenging client

Therapists will learn invaluable tools to assist in understanding and predicting patterns of behavior as well as in structuring interventions to guide the process of positive change in their clients. They will also gain new insights into their own personality type and most especially how this affects the client relationship.

Learning Objectives: 

Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:


  1. Learn skills to accurately assess personality type using the Enneagram model
  2. Apply the method for approaching an initial session with a client and developing a clear understanding of the presenting problem
  3. Arrive at an accurate assessment of the client’s personality type and level of psychological health
  4. Use the Enneagram to heighten awareness of potential transference and counter-transference behaviors
  5. Gain insights into your own personality type and automatic behavior patterns while working with challenging clients
  6. Predict a client’s behavior under times of stress, interpreting transference
  7. Utilize the Enneagram’s predictability of behavior to choose an effective treatment plan 



Course Schedule/Outline: 


8:30 am – 9:00 amRegistration

9:00 am – 9:30 amWhy the Enneagram? History, uses, the symbol as a map, and my experience with the system using concrete examples of efficacy in clinical practice.

9:30 am – 10:00 amTyping demonstration and individual typing of attendees

10:00 am – 10:30 amExercise in Triads: Inquiry into your experience while working with the challenging client. Group Debrief after exercise

10:30 am – 10:40 amBreak

10:40 am – 11:20 amThe Instinctual Center: Body Types 8, 9, and 1. Description of each type’s unique strengths and weakness as they impact issues of transference and counter transference.

11:20 am – 11:45 amCase presentation - Working with a type

11:45 am – 12:00 pmDebrief

12:00 pm – 1:00 pmLunch

1:00 pm – 1:40 pmThe Emotional Center: Heart Types 2, 3, and 4

1:40 pm – 2:00 pmSmall group exercise

2:00 pm – 2:40 pmThe Cognitive Center: The Head Types 5, 6, and 7

2:40 pm – 3:00 pmDemonstration with small group exercise

3:00 pm – 3:30 pmPredicting behavior along the Lines of Flow

3:30 pm – 4:00 pmSummary, take-aways, Q&A




Community Institute for Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Community Institute for Psychotherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

Cancellation Policy: Only cancellations received in writing more than 10 business days prior to the seminar or class will be refunded/credited, with a $10 cancellation fee deducted. However, if you cancel fewer than 10 business days prior to the seminar or class, you will forfeit the registration fee.


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