What is an EPP Guide?

EPP Guides are constantly growing, conscious individuals who have journeyed their own inner terrain with enough depth and skill to offer their wisdom, experience, and steady presence to others who are navigating their own journeys.

EPP remains unwavering in our vision to free people – all over the world – from the prisons of our own making. EPP was inspired by serving imprisoned people. We have since expanded our guide role to include virtual offerings for the public, in education, and organizations.

We are compassionate and especially sensitive to those who have been charged and convicted of crimes against society. Many of our students – inside and outside of actual prisons – have endured childhood trauma, emotional, sexual, and physical abuse, violence and addiction, often repetitively and over many generations. Because of this, we seek mature, confident, compassionate individuals with a sincere desire to bring forth their self-mastery in the classroom. Guides balance life and work, and are supported by regular inner practice and self-care.

At EPP we use the Enneagram system as a map of personality structures that helps us find our core self when we lose our way. We consider our teachers to be trustworthy guides. Knowing how to orient to this roadmap of personality allows us to navigate the complex inner terrain of ego, and remember where and who we actually are. Even a very good map is only as useful as our ability to stop and look at it, the knowledge to read it, and the presence of mind to recognize where we are to begin.

“EPP Guides are like having a trail leader on the journey with you who has been walking the path for years and is not only holding the map, but can provide to the group through the curriculum tools and their experience, a compass, and a satellite phone with GPS to assist the journey.”  

–Dr. Heather Greenwald
Chief of Mental Health, RJ Donovan State Prison

What is the Guide Training Program (GTP)?

One of EPP’s core values is that “We do the work together.” The Guide Training Program 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 to effectively and compassionately guide our students with a co-guide, while simultaneously staying present to yourself.

The necessary pause of programming in prisons and jails during the global pandemic gave us the opportunity to reimagine our Guide Training Program (GTP). In order to grow future EPP Guides in a way that is sustainable, affordable, and accessible, we have envisioned a training that will develop a diverse and highly skilled team of people who are steeped in the ongoing work of self development, and committed to the vision of Enneagram Prison Project – freeing people all over the world from the prisons of our own making.

We believe that some of the best guides of the Enneagram system may very well be those who have yet-to-have-access to this tool. We have intentionally removed as many barriers to participating in our training program as possible, and continue to take steps to create a safe and inclusive space where everyone is invited to step in knowing that they belong.

EPP lives from our core values of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Access, and Belonging. Our new Guide Training Program invites people from all over the world to bring their unique life experience, skills and talents to support EPP’s mission and vision. We are normalizing diversity and intentionally creating spaces where people are invited to grow in their own self-understanding and to operate outside the binary. One way we do this is by removing all known and perceived barriers to promote stepping into the EPP Community with a deep sense of knowing that you have always belonged here.

GTP is a 68.5-hour International Enneagram Association (IEA) accredited training program.

Guide Support

We cannot overstate the importance of growing and being in community when it comes to this work. EPP Guides are part of an ever-growing community of like-hearted people who strive to live into our core values both in and out of the EPP classroom. We meet weekly to “do the work together,” processing and bearing witness to what is alive in the students we are guiding by practicing staying present to ourselves.

The Path to Becoming an EPP Guide

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    9PrisonsONEKey (9P1K)

    More information about 9PrisonsONEKey (9P1K) 

    Pre-requirements: None

    NOTE: Full participation in and completion of all coursework is required to be eligible for the Guide Training Program. This includes all self-guided work (LMS and recommended reading), as well as attendance and participation in all LIVE sessions.

  • Path to Freedom (PtF)

    Pre-requirements: 9PrisonsONEKey

    NOTE: Full participation in and completion of all 9P1K coursework is required to be eligible for the Guide Training Program. This includes all self-guided work (LMS and reading), and attendance and participation in all LIVE sessions.

    PtF includes the following four courses:

    1. Navigating Our Territory
    2. How We Develop
    3. Addiction to Personality
    4. Defenses & Reactivity
  • Guide Training Program (GTP) Application

    Pre-Requirements:

      • Complete 9PrisonsONEKey (9P1K) and Path to Freedom (PtF)
      • Complete GTP Application

    Begin Guide Training Program (GTP)

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    A. Guide Training Program

    Pre-Requirements:

      • Completed 9PrisonsONEKey (9P1K)
      • Completed Path to Freedom (PtF)
      • GTP Application Acceptance

    The Guide Training Program is a series of five virtual training courses and also includes a Practicum – a virtual space for discovery, learning, and practicing in community. You are assigned to a cohort of 15 students where you are acquainted more deeply with all of EPP’s programs. You also receive instruction on the philosophy and theory behind why and how we teach what we teach. Our GTP curriculum invites: an ongoing commitment to inner work; promotes the development of excellent facilitation skills (online and in person); develops Type recognition and exploration skills; instructs on the art of paneling; informs how to work within the correctional system; introduces addiction and trauma-informed practices; and highlights EPP’s compassionate approach to the Enneagram. Our five courses include:

    1. Compassionate Community Building
    2. Practicum Prep
    3. Well-Being and Inner Work
    4. Facilitation Skills
    5. Art of Type Exploration and Paneling
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    B. Guide Training Program Practicum

    Course by course, you are invited to exercise your guiding skills and practice your understanding of the GTP content in the Practicum, a virtual space for discovery, learning, and practicing in community. In the Practicum, you will try out the curriculum in a safe and supported space alongside fellow EPP Guides, Faculty, and Ambassadors. The Practicum is a place where you are supported and encouraged to release the things that are not “working”, and establish comfort with the material and the role of guiding. As a GTP Student, you will be given real-time, loving, and constructive feedback whilst growing into our core value of “We do the work together.”

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    GTP & Apprenticeship Placement XP Circles

    • XP Circles review a student’s progress and determine XP (experience) for satisfactory completion of that course or apprenticeship.
    • In this case, the GTP & Apprenticeship Placement XP Circle determines XP (experience) for completion of GTP and readiness for an apprenticeship. To pass through this gateway, EPP requires an assessment of your capacity to fluently deliver the essential elements of EPP’s curriculum while skillfully facilitating in a virtual classroom.
    • After meeting a minimum of 15 practice session hours in the Practicum, you will complete a self-observation rubric, request observation rubrics from two EPP Guides, and work with faculty to provide a series of recorded videos of you practicing in the Practicum to the GTP XP Circle. After review and with a favorable result, the GTP XP Circle confirms you have completed GTP and are ready to be placed by the Apprenticeship Placement XP Circle.
    • The Apprenticeship Placement XP Circle considers availability and overall fit and will work with you to confirm a virtual in-custody, in-person in-custody, virtual 9PrisonsONEKey or virtual Path to Freedom Apprenticeship.

    Public Programs Virtual Apprenticeship

    Pre-Requirements:

      • Completion of all GTP Courses
      • Placement by Apprenticeship Placement XP Circle

    You will transition into a Public Programs Virtual Apprenticeship where you will gain experience (XP) delivering EPP’s curriculum in our virtual classrooms by co-guiding in 9PrisonsONEKey and/or Path to Freedom courses with the mentorship and support of EPP Lead Guides.

    In-Custody Virtual Apprenticeship

    Pre-Requirements:

      • Completion of all GTP Courses
      • Placement by Apprenticeship Placement XP Circle

    You will transition into an In-Custody Virtual Apprenticeship where you will gain experience (XP) delivering EPP’s 8-module “Freedom Beyond Bars” curriculum via zoom as a Co-Guide and with the mentorship and support of an EPP Lead Guide. EPP’s In-Custody Virtual programs vary in length depending on the facility. You will receive feedback from your EPP Lead Guide and any other participating Co-Guide throughout your apprenticeship.

    In-Custody In-Person Apprenticeship

    Pre-Requirements:

      • Completion of all GTP Courses
      • Placement by Apprenticeship Placement XP Circle

    You will transition into an In-Custody In-Person Apprenticeship where you will gain experience (XP) delivering EPP’s 8-module “Freedom Beyond Bars” curriculum in a designated jail/prison as a Co-Guide and with the mentorship and support of an EPP Lead Guide. EPP’s In-Custody programs vary in length depending on the facility. You will receive feedback from your EPP Lead Guide and any other participating Co-Guide throughout your apprenticeship.

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    Public Programs Virtual, In-Custody Virtual, and/or In-Custody In-Person XP Circle

    • XP Circles review Apprentice’s progress and determine XP (experience) for satisfactory completion of that course or apprenticeship.
    • In this case, the related XP Circle will determine XP (experience) for the apprenticeship.
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    EPP Guide Designation

    EPP Guides are eligible to be hired and paid as consultants to deliver the programs they successfully apprenticed in as Public Program Virtual Guides (or 9P1K Guides/PtF Guides), In-Custody Virtual Guides, and/or In-Custody In-Person Guides. Guides can work in additional programs by completing the relevant apprenticeship or working with the appropriate XP Circle. Additional training programs for educational and organizational settings are currently being developed.

2023 EPP Guide Training Program Dates (GTP9):

  • Week of Sept 17th: Participant Orientation
  • Weeks of Sept 24th – November 12th: GTP Cohort Sessions

*There will be limited space in this year’s offering of GTP.
*We will be offering our Guide Training Program in both English and French.