Unlocking the gate

The enneagram as a key to your prison


6 Zoom Sessions


12 CEUs available for LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs

Course meets the qualifications for 12 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences though others are very welcome to join.

Training Cost

$300 for CEU credit  – Sliding scale option for non-CEU participation, and all donations gratefully accepted.


The Enneagram as a Key to Your Prison

Our circle will be a gathering of people from many walks of life who hold an intention to express from the deepest knowing of their essence. Suitable as training for therapists, spiritual leaders, practitioners, and chaplains who will also find worth in this opportunity. The heart of this program is about connecting with our own spiritual essence, regardless of your faith or belief system.

“There’s a part of every living thing that wants to become itself, the tadpole into the frog, the chrysalis into the butterfly, a damaged human being into a whole one. That is spirituality.”  – ELLEN BASS (Enneagram Resources Series. The Wisdom of the Enneagram. Kindle Edition.)

All too often in the Western approach to mental health and wellness, we find a chasm between psychology and spirituality. The theory of the Enneagram is not merely a bridge between these realms but a thorough and applicable integration of spirituality and psychology. The symbol of the Enneagram is found in ancient texts in both Eastern and Western spiritual traditions. More recently, it has proven to provide a precise map of the underpinnings of our greatest strengths and deepest neuroses. I (Russell) have not found a more accurate description of the human experience than through my study of the Enneagram and I hope to share those findings with you.

Along with stories from the Lioness Tale Prison Project about how the use of the Enneagram has contributed to the growth and development of women facing long-term prison sentences, we intend to provide you with useful tools for gaining insight into the figurative prisons you and your clients find themselves in; and how to free yourselves from them.

During our circles, we share the wisdom that came from working with women serving life sentences in prison, and who have participated in the Lioness Tale Prison Project, and will include guest speakers who have participated in, and taught the program inside.


Some Important Details

We will offer this workshop via zoom live over six of seven Wednesday evenings. (see Schedule below) We expect participants to zoom-in with video and audio, to be in a room or office that offers privacy to all participants, reliable internet and that allows you to let the workshop be your primary focus from a Laptop or desktop (via smartphone is not ideal). 

This workshop may be taken as an opportunity for LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs to earn 12 CEUs while expanding their knowledge of expressive arts therapy modalities and gaining insight into working with women in prison.

We welcome anyone wanting to dive into a greater awareness of their essence and give voice to their irrevocable freedom. In addition, the workshop will serve as a volunteer-training program for the Lioness Tale Prison Project for those who are considering joining our team, though .


Instructors for this Circle

Russell V. Jensen MA EdM LMFT #87760

Russell V. Jensen MA EdM LMFT #87760

CAMFT CE Prov. 147861

Russell Jensen has been studying Gestalt Theory and Practice since 2007. He began studying at the Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training in New York City, then at the Pacific Gestalt Institute in Los Angeles, and at Tribal Ground, a Gestalt-based learning community in Aptos, California. He has been participating in these communities in one way or another through today.

Russell entered the mental health field in 2004. Over the course of his career so far, he has worked in various mental health treatment settings including residential settings, transition houses, schools, in-home support services, outpatient centers, a women’s prison, and at his own private practice. In that time, Russell has worked with a wide range of ages, populations, diagnoses, and levels of acuity.

His greatest interest is working with human service providers; therapists, social workers, spiritual leaders, nurses, teachers, law enforcement, armed forces, and emergency responders.

CAMFT Approved Training Provider

Born in Australia, Nikki Fryn, considers herself a perennial student of human nature, a trait she found invaluable in her coaching and consulting work with businesses.

Nikki participated in the business world for many years, until discovering an inclination for business systems, when she began consulting in systems design, and taking extended breaks to live in Japan, Tonga, and New Zealand for months or years at a time.

Eventually missing deep joy in her life, in late 2000 Nikki decided to fire her consulting clients, began learning to fly, taking singing lessons, and took a deep dive into the world of behavioral sciences exploring meditation, group process, hypnosis, and more.

Nikki completed life coach training in 2001, and began a practice. In 2003 she began to travel the world, but soon discovered a new life of work and personal development with gifted Gestalt practice teachers such as Christine Price and Dorothy Charles at Esalen Institute, in Big Sur, California. Staying for more than 2 years, she learned what it takes to create a fulfilling life for herself, and continued working with these teachers for the next 10 years.

Working with the women inside has helped Nikki acknowledge her own inner prison, and how incarceration is as much a state of mind as a state of being.

Nikki fryn

Nikki fryn


Six Weekly Classes

Class 1

6-8pm Zoom

  • Introductions and connecting
  • Overview of the Enneagram
  • Begin to find your type
  • Closing conversation and check out


Class 2

6-8pm Zoom

  • Meditation, check-in
  • Introduction to types 9,6 & 3
  • Experiential and discussion related to types 9, 6 & 3
  • Closing conversation and check-out

Class 3

6-8pm Zoom

  • Meditation, check-in
  • Introduction to type 8, 5, & 2
  • Experiential and discussion related to types 8, 5, and 2
  • Closing discussion and check-out


One Week Break

Class 4

6-8pm Zoom

  • Meditation, check-in
  • Introduction to types 7, 4 & 1
  • Experiential and discussion related to types 7, 4 & 1
  • Closing discussion and check-out

Class 5

6-8pm Zoom

  • Meditation & check-in
  • Deeper exploration into the types within our group
  • Experiential and discussion
  • Closing conversation and check-out

Class 6

6-8pm Zoom

  • Meditation & check-in
  • Individual, relational and societal applications
  • Experiential and discussion
  • Closing conversation and check-out
  • Self-evaluation, review syllabus objectives, and personal objectives (CEUs)


Learning Objectives for CEU Achievement

Identify your ‘ennea-type’ and name three common traits of that type you most relate to

Identify three books for future reference that teach self-development using the Enneagram 

Identify at least three Enneagram types and describe their “message, program, and filter”

Give at least one example of how Enneagram theory may be used in a therapy or counseling relationship


Outline of Main Points:

There are nine Enneagram types that form nine predictable personality styles is in humans

  • Each type has three subtypes
  • Each type has a structure that has a specific style in which they connect and disconnect from their essential self that yields predictable wants, needs, fears, vices, and virtues
  • By mapping this process, we can increase our self-awareness and move towards greater levels of choice and more adaptive behaviors

We can use the Enneagram to see our clients’ highest potentials, instead of defining them by their most problematic vices

We may use the Enneagram to form a hypothesis to base how we work with our clients. The Enneagram is not meant to “type” others

  • We may partner with clients to identify their type which may aid in trauma healing, habit releasing, and other therapeutic benefits that come with mindfulness
  • We may self-disclose our type as a way to explore the therapeutic relationship

By knowing our own type, we can better choose ways to support clients and others instead of offering them our own neuroses


Required & Suggested

Required Reading

The Lioness Tale by Diane Pendola

Please purchase “The Lioness Tale” prior to our first meeting. This book is the basis of the in-prison workshops and will be our touchstone throughout this course. The Lioness Tale, by Diane Pendola, is a brief parable in which the main character is an imprisoned lioness who embarks on a journey of self-discovery with the assistance of a panther guide who guides her towards freedom within.

Suggested Reading

For deeper study of the Enneagram

I recommend buying at least one of these books for the class, though you don’t need to read them in advance.

Chödrön, Pema; The Wisdom of No Escape. Shambhala 2010

Slightly more psychological study of the Enneagram:
The Wisdom of the Enneagram The Complete Guide to Psychological and Spiritual Growth for the Nine Personality Types by Don Riso and Russ Hudson

A thorough dive into spirituality with psychological examples:
The Spiritual Dimensions of the Enneagram by Sandra Maitri

For a more spiritual study of the Enneagram:
Facets of Unity, The Enneagram of Holy Ideas by A.H. Almaas

A quick beginners guide:
The Essential Enneagram by Davide Daniels and Virginia Price


Terms & Conditions

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  • The workshop is dependent on adequate enrollment.
  • Full refunds will be offered if enrollment is not sufficient for the intended supportive classroom environment.
  • Pending complete attendance, CE certificates to be awarded electronically after you submit your course evaluation, and full workshop payment has been received.
  • Facilities and programs are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you have a special need and plan to attend the workshop, please contact Russell V Jensen at 559.640.7077. Please allow as much advance notice as is possible to ensure we have ample opportunity to meet your needs.
  • Fees for events are non-refundable except in the case the event is canceled or rescheduled. In the event of a course cancellation or rescheduling, Russell V Jensen will contact participants to ensure they are refunded.
  • Course meets the qualifications for 12 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
  • Russell V Jensen is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs. Russell V Jensen maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
  • If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback please let us know! We value your experience.
  • Should you decide your experience with us warrants a formal grievance, we ask that formal grievances be submitted via email to russell@russellvjensen.com with the subject line “Formal Grievance.”
  • We will confirm receipt of your grievance within 24 hours and provide a solution focused response within 72 hours. An extended explanation of our grievance procedure is available on the “contact” page of my website.
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Registration & Payment Information

Pricing: $300 for CEU credit – Sliding scale option available on request. No cost for volunteer trainees for the Lioness Tale Prison Project. Be sure to read the terms and conditions above before completing the form.

All donations are gratefully accepted and are  tax-deductible to Skyline Harvest, a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization, and the parent to The Lioness Tale Prison Project.

We're happy to accept all donations, and volunteer hours may be available for those interested in the project. 

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