About 9D Training
The Nine Domains Facilitator’s Training
The Nine Domains are a new, practical way of using the Enneagram from a systems point of view. The Nine Domains are the “necessary and sufficient” elements for the survival and thriving of any system. They apply both to systems in the natural world and in the man-made world, including teams and organizations. Each Domain can be seen as a high level principle, as an archetype, and as a necessary component of the whole of any complex entity.
This revolutionary new approach, originated by Don Riso (and worked out with the assistance of the other members of The Nine Domains Group) focuses on in-depth instruction about three important new concepts. The first is the meaning of the Levels of Development horizontally across all nine personality types. This provides the Facilitator with extraordinarily valuable insights into the actual condition of the group he or she is working with. Insight into the Levels of Functioning is the foundation which enables trained 9D Facilitators to work with teams and groups by taking them from where they presently are to a higher Level of sustainable functioning, productivity, and satisfaction in the workplace.
Second, the Nine Domains Facilitator’s Training introduces another element for changing groups: the Nine Domains themselves. Participants will understand how the Nine Domains are different from the nine personality types of the Enneagram. Because the Nine Domains operate at a high level of abstraction, it allows them to be applied in many concrete ways—in this case, to teams and organizations. For example, at a high level of abstraction, the Nine Domains make it clear what elements are needed for a sustainable, thriving whole. Operationally, this makes clear why the balance of the Nine Domains is crucial for the health of a team or organization.
The more one understands the Nine Domains, the more one sees that the Domains are central to many human activities. Furthermore, no program that aims at lasting change can be “one dimensional”—that is, can be based only on one of the Nine Domains, as so many change programs have been. For teams and organizations, the Nine Domains are the “missing piece” that explain why approaches to organizational change may not have been as effective as people had hoped.
Third, once the Levels and Domains are understood, participants will be introduced to the administration and interpretation of the TOLATsm (our core diagnostic test which measures a group’s position on the Levels and Domains). The TOLATsm, taken by a group of people who have been working together, generates a series of Charts that give an enormous amount of information which a Facilitator can use to analyze both strengths and weaknesses in the group. Participants will have several opportunities to take the TOLATsm in class and to learn how to interpret the results.
Once we learn how to understand a team’s profile of functioning, we turn our attention to the unpublished resource of 90 original Interventions and Practices (I&Ps). The Interventions and Practices have been written both to provide practical suggestions for increasing group health, effectiveness, and sustainability, and also to be a model that Facilitators can use to generate their own I&Ps in their consulting practice. In addition, Facilitator’s Training includes access to seven Power Point presentations which facilitators can use as it or change to suit their needs
Further, participants will be introduced to the concept of “9D mapping” as a way of capturing books, articles, other surveys and programs in the future. Literally everything can be mapped to the Nine Domains, thereby revealing their strengths and blindspots. Over time, the amount of “mapped” materials can become a library of information which can be drawn on for a deepening understanding of the Nine Domains as well as being an ever-growing source of ideas for more Interventions and Practices.
The Training is 6 days long to give participants the time they need to learn this extraordinary new material in depth and with a certain degree of leisure. The length of the Training also allows time for personal interactions with the teachers and for participants to learn from each other as well as to form professional bonds.
Instruction will be intense, yet relaxed, with the specific goal that participants leave the Training with a deeply grounded understanding of the Levels, the Nine Domains, and the TOLATsm. All of these elements (including the all-important Riso-Hudson orientation of Mindfulness) support each other to create a powerful means of creating grounded insight in the service of lasting change. Our goal is to equip participants with enough training and materials so that they will be prepared to apply the Nine Domains as soon as they feel personally ready to do so.
The Nine Domains Facilitator’s Training will be held several times throughout the calendar year at The Enneagram Institute Training Center (The Barn) in Stone Ridge, New York (90 miles directly north of New York City). It will be taught by founding members of The Nine Domains Group—Don Riso, Russ Hudson, Joyce Stenstrom, Monika Adelfang, Barry Coltham, and Joni Peddie. Please see the Schedule page on this website (as well as on The Enneagram Institute website) for exact dates, places, and prices.
The Facilitator’s Training is open only to Riso-Hudson students (that is, those who have taken at least a Part I Training). If you are not already a Riso-Hudson student, we offer a number of Part I Trainings every year so that you can become eligible.
The Facilitator’s Training has been designed primarily for experienced, professional business consultants although Riso-Hudson students who regularly guide groups of other kinds (business coaches, non-profits, religious groups, community organizations, volunteer groups, Boards of Directors, and so forth) would also benefit. If you are not a professional business consultant, please assess whether or not this Training is appropriate for you since no explicit business consultant instruction will be provided. You may, of course, attend for your own personal enrichment.
There can be exceptions to the prerequisite of Part I Training provided the applicant has a sufficient understanding of the Levels of Development and the Riso-Hudson approach to the Enneagram.
Registration and Agreements
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