Aspects of Marsha Linehan’s Dialectical Behavioral Training Skills (Core Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, and Distress Tolerance) are introduced. Focusing on the average range of Don Riso’s Levels of Development, specific compulsions are identified for each Enneagram type. The nine Enneagram personalities are reviewed in terms of the application of DBT skills to the identified compulsions for each type. A didactic lecture is presented using visual aids. Small group discussion exercises invite individual compulsion identification and DBT skill application. A larger group demonstration teaching the application of DBT skills to specific Enneagram compulsions is given using volunteer participants while the remaining participants observe and give feedback.
Bob Sanfilippo and Diana Brown are Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, Riso-Hudson certified Enneagram teachers, and professional members of the IEA. They co-founded Lake Tahoe Wellness Institute, Inc. and have private practices at Lake Tahoe. Diana completed training in DBT and Bob is starting a DBT group for adolescents at a state mental health agency. Both Bob and Diana use the Enneagram and DBT in their clinical practices, , www.tahoeinstitute.com