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Guide Training Program

TRAINING DESCRIPTION

We offer an intensive training program integrating three essential elements:

  1. Advanced theory and training, best practices, and practical application of the Enneagram through online and in-person didactic teaching, experiential work, personal development and ongoing support.
  2. A comprehensive breakdown of the EPP Curriculum as it has been developed for this unique demographic including our approach to trauma and addiction.
  3. “Prison 101:” a guide to effective in-custody training including efficacy, trust building, rules, safety, correctional protocols, and etiquette.

Our Guide Training Program (GTP) is structured into the following three sequential forums:

  1. ONLINE SESSIONS: Training begins with an orientation and then runs online two days a week from 10 am – 1 pm (Pacific Standard Time) for four weeks. There are 10-sessions/30 hours of training, see schedule below.
  2. IN-PERSON PRACTICUM: This online training will come together in a five-day, in-person practicum in California’s Bay Area. During this portion of our training we will support, develop and assess participants’ readiness to become EPP Apprentices inside designated correctional facilities.
  3. APPRENTICESHIP: Those who have successfully completed the online training and the In-Person Practicum will be eligible for EPP Apprenticeships. As EPP apprentices, they must participate in 8-module unpaid in-jail/prison apprenticeship with an EPP Certified Guide and a minimum of facilitating one complete EPP program in-custody before being considered as an EPP Guide. At EPP’s discretion, apprentices may be required to complete additional cycles of an EPP Program with supervision by a faculty member or Master EPP Guide before being considered for hire as an EPP Guide.

OUR LOCATIONS

We are considering applicants from those in proximity to cities where we are currently offering EPP programming: San Francisco, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, Minnesota, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom and Australia. Currently EPP has more demand for our programs than resources and we have every intention to scale.

Becoming a Guide in a New Location

Some applicants would like to become a Guide with EPP in a location where EPP does not currently have partnerships and/or host programs. For those applicants, it is important to clarify that you will serve as a pioneer for the organization in helping us to establish our organization in that new place. Activities to support establishing EPP in a new location may include, but are not limited to communicating with local prisons or jails, budgeting, fundraising, and recruiting new Guides. EPP will offer experience, advice, and strategy to support those who are establishing a new location, however, we will not be primarily responsible or present on the ground in this new location while it gets set-up.

Applicants establishing an EPP program in a new region, may be required to do GTP twice.
Please contact Rick Olesek at rick@enneagramprisonproject.org to learn more about this.

OUR GUIDES

Our training program prepares Enneagram-certified independent consultants to facilitate our programs to incarcerated students at EPP’s contracted prisons and jails. We require all applicants to have completed their Enneagram certification from an International Enneagram Association (IEA) accredited school, or to be IEA Accredited Business Professionals in good standing at the time of application for this training. Those who have successfully completed EPP’s full training program are eligible for hire. EPP Guides are paid and are retained by EPP.

EPP Guides are psycho-spiritually conscious individuals who have journeyed their own inner terrain long enough and skillfully enough to offer their wisdom, experience, and steady presence to others navigating their own journeys.

EPP serves incarcerated men and women who have been convicted of crimes against society. Many have endured childhood trauma, emotional, sexual and physical abuse, violence and addiction – often repetitively and over many generations.

We hire mature, confident, compassionate individuals with a sincere desire to bring forth their self-mastery and their working knowledge of the Enneagram to support transformation with our students.

SCHEDULE (All Online)

2021 EPP Guide Training Program (EPP GTP7)

All Sessions are 10 am – 1 pm PST.

  1. Friday, February 12th – Tech Time
  2. Friday, February 19th – Orientation
  3. Wednesday, February 24th
  4. Friday, February 26th
  5. Wednesday, March 3rd
  6. Friday, March 5th
  7. Wednesday, March 10th
  8. Friday, March 12th
  9. Wednesday, March 17th
  10. Friday, March 19th
  11. Wednesday, March 24th

In-person 5-Day Training / Practicum

  1. Friday, April 2nd | Day 1
  2. Saturday, April 3rd | Day 2
  3. Sunday, April 4th | Day 3
  4. Monday, April 5th | Day 4
  5. Tuesday, April 6th | Day 5

Application Deadline: January 1, 2021

After the written application is submitted, we will be requesting a 10-minute video of you facilitating a lesson to students on the topic, “What does it mean to be in a prison of our own making and how do we escape this prison?”

OUR REQUIREMENTS

EPP’s foundational Enneagram course, 9 Prisons ONE Key, is a prerequisite for applying to our Guide Training Program.

EPP’s training is not for the faint of heart. Our most essential criterion for EPP Teachers whom we entrust in the EPP classroom is that they are, first and foremost, psycho-spiritually conscious individuals who have journeyed their own inner terrain long enough and skillfully enough to offer their wisdom, experience, and steady presence to others navigating their own journeys.

The demographic that EPP serves consists of incarcerated men and women who have been judged to have perpetrated crimes against society. Many have endured childhood trauma, emotional, sexual and physical abuse, violence and addiction – oftentimes over many generations. We are seeking mature, confident, compassionate individuals with a sincere desire to bring forth their self-mastery and their working knowledge of the Enneagram in service of this special application of this transformational tool.

In EPP we have a core value of “We do the work together.” This training is about developing and bringing out your particular skills and gifts, as well as  finding and working the edges where you are still developing. We want to both support you and be assured of your capacity and readiness to effectively and compassionately guide and hold the EPP classroom.

This training will demand each participant’s strong foundational understanding of the Enneagram System and especially the dynamics of one’s own Enneagram type structure. Applicants with Enneagram Teacher Certification through an International Enneagram Association (IEA) Accredited School are strongly preferred.

ONLINE SESSIONS: Training begins with a one-time online orientation and then runs online two days a week, 12 Noon to 3 PM (Pacific Standard Time) for four weeks.

IN-PERSON PRACTICUM: This training will culminate in a five-day, in-person practicum in California’s Bay Area . During this portion of our training we will support, develop and assess participants’ readiness to become EPP Apprentices inside designated correctional facilities.

APPRENTICESHIP: Those who have successfully completed the EPP-GTP online course and the In-Person Practicum will be eligible for EPP Apprenticeships. As EPP apprentices, they must participate in a minimum of one complete EPP program in-custody before being considered as an EPP Guide. At EPP’s discretion, apprentices may be required to complete additional cycles of an EPP Program with supervision by a faculty member or Master EPP Guide before being considered for hire as an EPP Guide. EPP Apprenticeships are unpaid.

EPP GUIDES: Those who have successfully completed the EPP Apprenticeship are eligible for hire as independent contractors to teach EPP in-custody or reentry programs. EPP Guides in the United States are paid at a rate determined by EPP and may vary between different EPP Chapters. International Affiliates policy for paying teachers varies by affiliate.

PARTICIPATION: All participants must commit to being present for each online session. We understand that there will inevitably be scheduling conflicts. To ensure cohesion within our group and continuity of the curriculum, with notice, a maximum of two missed sessions may be made up via an online recording option before the next online session.

COLLABORATION: We will be breaking our cohort into small groups and pairs frequently for you all to have in-depth discussions on the content and how it relates to your personal life. We will also ask you to present information and facilitate learning for one another as practice for becoming an EPP Guide. This will include role-playing, coaching, and evaluation of your peers.

HOMEWORK: There will be ~30 hours of outside reading, writing, reflection and audio recording assignments expected of all participants throughout the training.

TUITION: Tuition is $2,450. Tuition includes online course and course materials. We occasionally have stipends and/or loans offered by donors and sponsors to help make these posts more affordable for those with more limited financial resources. Tuition does not include transportation, food, or accommodations for four-day in-person training.

LOCATION:The in-person practicum will take place at 1440 Multiversity, a beautiful, state-of-the-art retreat center located between Santa Cruz and San Francisco.

ADDRESS: 1440 MULTIVERSITY, 800 Bethany Drive, Scotts Valley, CA 95066 (map).

Participants may choose whether to commute or stay as residents. For residents the accommodation choices are as follows:

PODS $175 / night
STANDARD DOUBLE $200 /night (2 people)
SINGLE $275/night
DELUXE DOUBLE $300/night (2 people)
SINGLE $355/night
SUITES $490/night

Depending on availability, more nights may be arranged at an additional cost.

TRANSPORTATION: Uber or Lyft is the suggested transportation from the airport to 1440 Multiversity, 800 Bethany Drive, Scotts Valley, CA  95066. 1-844-544-1440. If flying, San Jose International Airport (SJC) is recommended for proximity to 1440 Multiversity – 27 miles.  San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is also an option – 55 miles to 1440 Multiversity.

TECHNICAL SUPPORT: EPP has locations all over the world and hosts a portion of our training online. As such, all Guides must be open to learning and using new technology. Training participants must have access to phone and email, and the ability to participate on a computer-call with video and audio support. This course will require all participants to be comfortable working with Zoom Conferencing and Google Suite (in particular, Google Drive).

SCHOLARSHIPS: EPP highly values making our programming as accessible and inclusive as possible. We are delighted to offer scholarships, however, a limited number are available. Take a look at our application here.

Please submit your scholarship application in the same email as the general Guide Training Program application.

OUR FACULTY

SUSAN OLESEK
Founder Enneagram Prison Project

Susan Olesek was born outside of Boston, schooled in Hong Kong, Tokyo, and England, and obtained a B.A. in sociology from Occidental College. She is certified by two Enneagram training schools: Palmer-Daniels and Riso-Hudson.

In 2009, shortly after her first certification, Susan was invited to a little Texas prison to teach the Enneagram to about one hundred incarcerated men who were in an entrepreneurship program. She witnessed profound changes in these men and their inspiring ability to articulate insights. This immensely practical use of the  Enneagram system inspired Susan and changed the trajectory of her personal and professional life forever. In 2012 she founded Enneagram Prison Project (EPP) in order to bring this self-awareness training tool to more of the population that seemed to need it the most. Today, Enneagram Prison Project is a burgeoning, paradigm- shifting model of self-awareness education for the incarcerated spreading across the globe. Susan no longer feels that she is growing the project, but rather that EPP is growing her.

Susan is an unapologetic idealist, a “Human Potentialist” and social entrepreneur in pursuit of what’s possible for all people when they get to know themselves. She lives in the Santa Cruz mountains with her three children and her husband, Rick, EPP’s Executive Director and her “steady seven.”

EPP – GTP Faculty


Faculty: Susanne Gawreluk

Susanne Gawreluk lives in Minnesota. She earned a M.A. in Human Development from St. Mary’s University and a B.A. in Organizational Management & Communications.  She is certified in The Narrative Enneagram and is an IEA Accredited Professional.

To support Enneagram community awareness, Susanne became the MN-IEA outreach chair in 2015 and co-taught weekly Enneagram classes at Shakopee Women’s prison. In 2017, she desired curriculum support, the universe aligned, and she discovered Enneagram Prison Project (EPP). She became a certified EPP Guide and founded EPP-MN as Chapter Leader in 2018.  As EPP Faculty, Susanne loves supporting new guides, curriculum development and global growth. Susanne’s Type 4 depth appreciates how EPP wraps the Enneagram in unconditional positive regard from our guides to our students inside the world of corrections. Frankly, this is hard enough to imagine in the outside world! The best day of my week is the day I get to be a Guide in prison. To support the awakening of light in fellow human beings that are living in the darkest of places is to witness true transformation. What an honor it is to be part of EPP!

As a WellBEing consultant since 1999, Susanne integrates the art & science of medical massage, spiritual direction, and energy healing in private practice. When not shoveling snow, she enjoys her better half, Mike, their two adult children, and two cats.  Creating art, laughing with close friends, and sipping chai tea recharges her batteries.


Faculty: Vibha Gosselin

Vibha Gosselin was born in India and grew up in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry. She studied in the International Centre of Education majoring in Sanskrit and Indian Yogic Psychology. She did a B.A in sociology at the Sorbonne when she moved to France 10 years later. She is certified by three Enneagram training schools : The Narrative Enneagram, The HPEI – Belgium, and the Awareness to Action Institute.

Supported by Helen Palmer Vibha started an Enneagram study group in 2008, was one of the founding members of IEA France, hosted Peter O’Hanrahan in France and translated for him while he established the Narrative Tradition curriculum at Regard9 – Nantes.

Vibha first heard about EPP founder Susan Olesek’s work way back in 2010.  Watching from afar, she was deeply touched by the way Susan saw human beauty in the most unexpected of places alongside profound pain, and how the men inside made her see the work to be done. When EPP came to Belgium, a chain of unusual events connected Vibha to the Project. She is now an EPP Guide in France, a Faculty member, and delighted to be part of a growing team of dedicated people, in the process of transforming their own and others’ lives both inside and outside.

She lives in Normandy with her husband David and two teenage boys. Vibha enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling to retreats in the Gurdjieff work, and continuing to explore ways to bring the east and the west together within herself and through impromptu conversations.

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Faculty: Phil GebbenGreen

Phil GebbenGreen has lived around the United States in Michigan, Wisconsin, Oregon, California, and now Minnesota, receiving a B.A. in English from Calvin College and an M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary. Phil has studied primarily with the  Riso-Hudson school and is an IEA Accredited Professional.

After mis-typing himself as a Type Nine for eleven years, Phil discovered his real home base in Type Eight and renewed his passion for Enneagram study and work.  Mostly through the delight and challenges of raising three children, he experienced the softness and connection that come from his gentler, more innocent self. In late 2017, Phil heard a presentation by Susan Olesek and immediately applied to be a Guide with Enneagram Prison Project (EPP), finishing his training and apprenticeship by mid-2018, helping to found the Minnesota Chapter of EPP, and joining the EPP Faculty later that year.  Phil loves working with the women of Shakopee Women’s Prison in Minnesota, loves teaching new EPP Guides, and loves the way EPP brings together his passions for transformation and learning and healing for everyone everywhere.

When he is not working with EPP, Phil is a Presbyterian co-pastor with his wife, Julie, who together are learning from their three teenagers in Saint Paul, Minnesota.


Faculty: Dana Vitorelo

Dana Vitorelo was born and raised in the Bay Area, CA. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Chapman University and M.A. in Depth Psychology from Sonoma State University. Dana is dual certified through The Narrative Enneagram and is an IEA Accredited Professional.

At her first Enneagram training in 2015, Dana had the pleasure of meeting and promptly falling in love with O.G. Enneagram Prison Project Ambassadors Alex Senegal and Victor Soto. With their encouragement, she applied for EPP’s first pilot training inside Santa Clara’s Elmwood jail and instantly felt at home with the men in class. She found her people and her calling during that pilot training. Dana is now a Master Guide and Faculty member with EPP. Through this work, she is reminded daily of the sacredness and suffering that we all experience as part of the human condition.

As a Type Six Dana finds immense joy in holding space for, supporting, and loving deeply those yearning to find a way back home to themselves. She is honored and humbled to be part of a collective where the work of choice is to intentionally and continuously wake up to the inherent preciousness, perfection, and wisdom that is already living within each of us. Dana currently lives in the North Bay with her dog Sophia and cat Bast. In her free time she is hanging out with family, stuffing her mind with new information, or simply enjoying solitude.

Guest Presenter: Renée Rosario

Master Enneagram Teacher, Trainer and Therapist

Renée Rosario, MA, LPC, lives in Boulder, Colorado, and became a certified teacher through Enneagram Studies in the Narrative Tradition (ESNT) in 2001, joining the core faculty in 2012. She teaches in the ESNT’s core program and also facilitates the training curricula for teachers and professionals (counselors, coaches, spiritual directors) who want to use the Enneagram in their work with others. Renée oversees ESNT’s comprehensive internship and certification program. She also works privately teaching workshops and leading in-service programs for organizations.

A graduate of Naropa University, Renée has been a transpersonal, body-centered psychotherapist in private practice in Boulder, CO. She specializes in spiritual and psychological development, and trauma. She brings nearly 25 years of experience working with individuals through awareness and body-centered modalities such as EMDR, somatic experiencing and mindfulness practice. Reneé has also been a Mindfulness Instructor at Naropa University and a Peacemaker trained in contemplative social action through the Peacemaker Institute.

FAQ

We find our applicants ask questions as they relate to the three phases of our programming. We have created sections for each of those phases to help you navigate this page as well as understand what our programming looks like.

EPP Guide Training Program: Qualifications & Suitability

Do I need to be a certified Enneagram teacher to apply?

We prefer applicants to have completed their Enneagram certification from an International Enneagram Association (IEA) accredited school, or to be IEA Accredited Business Professionals in good standing at the time of application for this training.

How do I become an IEA Accredited Business Professional?

Find out more about the IEA Accreditation program on the IEA website by clicking here.

Can the EPP Guide Training Program qualify me as my Enneagram certification?

No. The EPP Guide Training Program is not in lieu of Enneagram certification. We are not teaching basic Enneagram theory in the EPP-GTP. We rely on teachers who come with a very strong, advanced understanding of the Enneagram who have done significant personal work on themselves.

What if EPP is not programming in a facility near me? Should I wait to take this training? 

Currently EPP has more demand for our programs than resources and we have every intention to scale. The EPP GTP is designed to support the scaling of our programs into new facilities who are offering in-custody programming as well as reentry services both here in the United States and internationally. EPP is in the process of identifying and establishing new institutions in which to program. We will prioritize training spots based on emerging market space to meet our demand for trained guides. Once we have established a new chapter presence, we encourage people to complete the training in order to make themselves available as a future resource for EPP to dispatch to a new or existing facility. In most cases, it is not practical to take the EPP GTP until we have a chapter presence and viable local programs requiring programming support.

What if there is not a prison/jail offering EPP programs near me? 

A: If there are no facilities near you that are currently programming with EPP, we can consider reaching out to local resources to facilitate bringing EPP to your area. Please contact Rick Olesek at rick@enneagramprisonproject.org to learn more about this.

EPP Guide Training Program: Virtual Training & Practicum

What is the structure for the training?

The EPP Guide Training Program (EPP GTP) consists of three parts:

  1. 10-sessions of online classes (30 hours of training, see schedule on EPP website)
  2. 5-days of an in-person practicum. During this practicum we will support, develop, and assess participants’ readiness to teach in prison/jail to in-custody EPP students.
  3. 8-module unpaid in-jail/prison apprenticeship with an EPP Certified Guide

How much does the training cost?

TUITION $2,450: Tuition includes online training, the practicum course, and apprenticeship including video recordings of all training sessions and a 100+ page EPP Workbook, and a 300+ page Instructor’s Guidebook  Tuition does not include transportation or accommodations for the 5-day in-person training.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Estimated costs for in-person 5-day California Bay Area training which includes 4 nights accommodation, facility fees, and food for the complete session:

  • $650 – 750 single
  • $550 – 650 double
  • $325 – 425 commuter

Depending on availability, more nights may be arranged at an additional cost.

TRANSPORTATION: Uber or Lyft is the suggested transportation from the airport to 1440 Multiversity, 800 Bethany Drive, Scotts Valley, CA  95066. 1-844-544-1440. If flying, San Jose International Airport (SJC) is recommended for proximity to 1440 Multiversity – 27 miles. San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is also an option – 55 miles to 1440 Multiversity.

Are there payment plans available for this program?

Yes, participants may pay tuition up front, or make three monthly installments via credit card Payment-in-full must be made prior to the in-person practicum.  Contact Rick Olesek at rick@enneagramprisonproject.org for payment.

Are there scholarships available for this training?

Yes. We do have stipends and/or loans offered by donors and sponsors to help make training more affordable for those with more limited financial resources. Please contact us to discuss your situation and request a scholarship application.

How will you be expected to work with other people in this training?

We will be breaking our cohort into small groups and pairs frequently for you all to have in-depth discussions on the content and how it relates to your personal life. We will also ask you to present information and facilitate learning for one another as practice for becoming an EPP Guide. This will include role-playing, coaching, and evaluation of your peers.

Will EPP Ambassadors be present during this training?

Yes, we will be joined by graduates of our in-custody programs, “EPP Ambassadors” who are on the teacher-track themselves, and others who will support EPP in assessing an EPP Guides’ readiness for in-prison apprenticeships.

EPP Guide Training Program: Apprenticeship

What is an “EPP Apprentice?” How long does someone apprentice before they are able to become an EPP Guide?

The EPP Apprentice role is designed to support a modulated transition for participants from the training program into the EPP Guide role where they are responsible for EPP students and the management of the class. Some EPP Apprentices have required and/or requested more than one 8-week session of EPP classes in order to make this transition before having demonstrated readiness and felt their own confidence to hold a classroom on their own. For most, the apprenticeship period provides a reassuring transition where apprentices can co-facilitate with an existing EPP Guide who acts as a touchstone for apprentices as they become comfortable with the EPP curriculum and the prison/jail environment. Our goal is for the EPP Apprenticeship to be completed within two 8-week programming cycles in jail/prison.

What happens after this training? Will I be able to teach for EPP? 

Upon completion of this training participants will be evaluated for readiness to apprentice with EPP in a prison/jail classroom where EPP is contracted to program. In some cases, participants will require more training before apprenticing.

Are EPP Guides paid?

This work is a labor of love AND our philosophy is to pay EPP Guides for their services. EPP Guides are independent contractors who invoice EPP monthly for their services in guiding and homework time at a contracting rate determined by EPP commensurate with local costs of living and are reimbursed for mileage. Completing the EPP training does not constitute a guarantee that consultants will be retained by EPP.

EPP Apprenticeships are unpaid.

Successful completion of the EPP-GTP training does make consultants eligible for dispatching by EPP into institutions where EPP programs, however, completion of the EPP-GTP is not a guarantee of retainment. Contracting as an EPP Guide is determined based on programming needs, and scheduling compatibility.

Does EPP provide insurance?

No. As independent consultants, EPP Guides must provide their own proof of liability insurance.