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The Portland Chapter of the Association of Psychological Type is for anyone interested in learning more about personality type for professional or personal applications. Together we learn about the patterns of human behavior so we can understand ourselves and others better. We are a community of welcoming folks. It doesn’t matter how little or how much you know about type, come to a meeting and learn something new.

2018-2019 Program will be posted soon.
We hope you are just as excited as we are about another year of PAPTi!

June 9, 2018

A Visual Approach to Understanding Psychological Type

Registration & Coffee at 9:30 am, Program is 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR 97215 (Ample Free Parking on 54th St.)

Non-Members $20.00, Students $5.00, Members Free

It is said that up to 30% of the human brain is dedicated to processing visual information. In this presentation, we will look at ways to engage the “visual pattern recognition” parts of our brains to help us understand psychological type and to see connections between ourselves and others.

In this presentation, David Poole will lead us through an exploration of the basics of the type table, then we will go on to visually explore the patterns of type in relation to: Jungian cognitive functions, the 5-Factor Model, and the Kirton Adaption-Innovation Model


  • Concepts: To engage in a survey of personality type concepts by using visual aids to deepen understanding and improve retention.
  • Tools and Models: To help bridge the gap in understanding how the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) relates to similar tools scales based on empirical studies.
  • Data: To explore real world data relating the MBTI to prevalence in fields such as psychiatry, fine arts, corrections, school bus drivers and many others.

 David Poole is an MBTI certified consultant who works with small business owners to understand and improve their businesses. David holds a degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in business administration. He has a passion for learning and integrating disparate fields. Visual thinking and personality type are among the areas he is most fascinated with currently. He is also an avid white water kayaker.

April 7, 2018

An Introduction to the Enneagram: Understanding 9 Points of View 

Registration & Coffee at 9:30 am, Program is 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR 97215 (Ample Free Parking on 54th St.)

Non-Members $20.00, Students $5.00, Members Free

A sophisticated and powerful system for self-understanding and personal development, the Enneagram is used worldwide as an effective tool in spirituality, psychology, and business.

This experiential workshop will introduce participants to basic teachings from the Enneagram field; including three primary instinctual drives, three centers of intuition/energy and the nine core motivations.

Participants will gain a general understanding of how employing the Enneagram can:

  • deepen self awareness,
  • enhance understanding in relationships,
  • teach practical communication skills that ease conflicts.

Resources for further education will also be explored.

Presenter, Dale Rhodes, is a professional mentor and guide with a private practice in Portland since 1998. Along with two Master’s Degrees (Nonprofit Administration and Interdisciplinary Studies/Spiritual Traditions & Ethics), he has earned three professional certificates in the Enneagram and is certified in the MBTI® and the Art of Spiritual Direction. Dale created Enneagram Portland in 2002 as the city’s primary resource for individual explorations, local community education and interdisciplinary experiences with the 9 Points of View. has educational information, and helpful video materials.


February 3, 2018

Relationships: What’s Type Got To Do With It?

Doors open at 9:30 am with registration & coffee; Event is from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR 97215 (Free Parking)

Non-Members $20.00, Students $5.00, Members Free

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there were an easy to use formula to tell us who our perfect partner would be? If only we could bypass the trial-and-error and go straight to our soul mate. It can be tempting to turn to psychological type for a predictive tool and there are romantic type matching theories created by type fans that attempt to do just that. However, the original type theorists and researchers in the field of psychology have a different perspective on how type can and cannot be used in relationships. In this program we will address how type can influence key relationship factors such as communication and connection, and how we can use that to improve our relationships.

By the end of the program, participants will learn to:

  • Appreciate the joys of both similarity and complementarity of type in relationships.
  • Notice when type difference may be causing miscommunication and conflict.
  • Practice skills at communicating across type.

Erin Currie is a geek for all things psychology. As a licensed psychologist who has worked as a therapist, consultant, professor and author, her unifying mission has been to make psychology accessible and useful to all people. She is currently teaching at Portland State University and Portland Community College. She is a member of the Psych Geeks writing group: psychology and popular culture professionals who write essays that use psychology to take our understanding of our favorite characters and stories to new depths. Her most recent contributions was to the book Wonder Woman Psychology. As the programming chair of the Portland Association for Psychological Type she works to find presentations on Jungian Typology that help type fans and professionals find find new ways to use type in their daily lives.

Past 2017 Events

December 2, 2017 – New Location and New Time

Creativity for Every Type: Sensing & Intuition

Doors open at 9:30 am with registration & coffee; Event is from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR 97215 (Free Parking)

Non-Members $20.00, Students $5.00, Members Free; OPTIONAL FEE – $8.00 for the KAI Assessment, payable to Louise Neilson by check or cash

Everyone is Creative!

In this highly interactive workshop you will determine your own creative style using the Kirton Adaption-Innovation Inventory (KAI), an individual self- assessment tool. The KAI measures your preferred style, not level or capacity of creativity. This cognitive/creative style inventory indicates how you prefer to approach and solve problems. Your responses indicate whether you are creative in a productive way…productive in a creative way…or a combination of both.

KAI scores have strong correlations to the S-N scale of the MBTI, and some correlations to the E-I scale. Adaptors and Innovators are both capable of generating original, creative solutions, but usually do so in characteristic ways. While some prefer and excel at the idea-generation part of creativity, others excel at the less acknowledged aspect of creativity, decision-making.

Knowing your cognitive/creative style will help you understand…

·  how your style preferences are evident in likely behavior patterns.

·  your preference for either a more adaptive or a more innovativeapproach to life, work and change.

·  correlations between your style and your type.

Bio – Louise Neilson is a practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), and Kirton Adaption-Innovation Inventory (KAI), which measures styles of creativity.

During her checkered past, Louise has taught gifted inner-city middle-schoolers, owned a specialty ceramic tile wholesale production company, and organized dress-up nights and ping pong tournaments at an annual residential art camp.

Louise Neilson has a master’s degree in creativity. She has taught at Marylhurst and PSU, including Conflict and Creativity Seminar. 

She is author of Mediating with Picasso: Relying on Your Inherent Creativity When You Need It Most, and an accompanyingWorkbook. 

October 7, 2017

 An MBTI Murder Mystery + Pumpkin Soup and Poetry 

Doors open at 9:30 am with registration & coffee; Event is from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR 97215

Free Parking

Come join us for some Autumn fun! Together in small groups, we’ll solve a Murder Mystery; we’ll taste some Pumpkin Soup cooked specifically to your MBTI Type. We’ll awaken our senses with a bit of Poetry!


  1. Working together in our Detective groups, we naturally use – and today we’ll further develop and experience our problem-solving skills as we collaborate to solve the mystery. Will your understanding of Type functions help you and your team to detect the culprit? (Knowledge of Type is not essential for the exercise, please come if you only want to discover what Type is about.)
  2. Clarify your understanding of Type differences and the attitudes, extraversion and introversion, of the four functions of Type — with Pumpkin Soup! We’ll discover how different MBTI Types make Pumpkin Soup – differently.  Bonus – we’ll have a taste of the Soup! And, you get to take home your Type Recipe.
  3. Do we undervalue the Sensing Function; are we truly aware of and do we grasp the depth of the value of the concreteness of things and of living in the moment? Let us experience this beautiful, sometimes lost to us in the hurry of today’s world, Sensing Function with its potential for bringing a sense of calm and equanimity – – – with a bit of poetry.

Cost: PAPT Members $0, Non-Members $20, Students $5 (payable at the door)

Educational Credits Available: Two CEs for Master Practitioner

August 27, 2017

PAPT Goes To The Movies & Potluck   

10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Oswego Pointe Apartments – Theater Room, 5033 Foothills Rd, Lake Oswego

Join us for a fun and casual summer event. We will discuss and debate the 8 cognitive functions as expressed by five characters in the Dead Poets Society. Please join us if you’re curious! You do not need to be versed on or familiar with the 8 functions to participate.

Afterward we will enjoy a potluck lunch and continue the conversation. Please add a comment to the Meetup event telling the group what dish you will be bringing.

While we cannot determine with certainty the personality types of these characters, we will have an interesting and lively debate. At the end of our discussion, we will write down our best guess for each character’s 4 letter type and one lucky person will win a prize! Again, please note that only an individual can determine their own type and our discussions are intended only to educate ourselves further on the functions.

We suggest that you watch the movie beforehand. Most likely the movie will be at your local library or you can find it here online: Dead Poets Society.  Visit PAPT’s Meetup page for additional video clips from the movie that will be discussed.

Cost: PAPT Members $0, Non-Members $5 payable at the door

May 13, 2017

Arlene Richter

The Gift of Shadow: Mask and Holy Grail  

Two CEs for Master Practitioner and NBCC pending

Doors open at 8:30 am, Program starts at 9:00 am

Marylhurst University, Villa Maria Bldg, 17600 Pacific Hwy, Marylhurst, OR

Our May Program is about the concept of Shadow as C.G. Jung articulated, and as he and Jungian scholars have written about. There will be oral interpretations of poems and brief Jungian quotes. We’ll discuss Shadow aspects: what is the Shadow; what’s in the Shadow; you’re asking me to integrate my Shadow?!  Is my Shadow a Friend or a Foe?

With deep compassion for ourselves, we’ll look at the Shadow’s beginning in childhood and its journey through adulthood, the second half and third phase of life, and in our culture.

We’ll come to recognize and appreciate the gifts that flow from the understandings and insights we gain. There will be discussion and exercises to facilitate reflection on our own Shadow and Shadow exercises to take home for those who want to do deeper personal Shadow work.

We’ll learn how the “Mask,” as metaphor for Persona, can help or hinder us.

“The Holy Grail is the highest priority and value,” said Murray Stein. What is the meaning of the Holy Grail; what is its connection with Shadow; how do we discover our own Holy Grail?

Presenter, Arlene Richter, M.Ed. MBTI® Master Practitioner; PAPT Board Member since 2010; OFJ member; Contact

March 11, 2017

Annie JPG

Parenting and Type   

  • 8:30 am  Doors open
  • 9 – 11:30 am  Program session
  • 12 – 12:30 pm  Town Hall – Future of PAPTi

Location: Marylhurst U., Villa Maria Bldg, 17600 Pacific Hwy, Marylhurst, OR


This program is for moms, dads, and all others who are in relationships with children/parents, extended family and friends, and want to better understand how to honor their relationship differences.  Come ready to get concrete information about the strengths, struggles, and what “time for me” means for each preference.  Annie will share the work of Janet Penley, founder of Mothers of Many Styles (M.O.M.S.) and author of “MotherStyles – Using Personality Type to Discover Your Parenting Style.” As a parent, she experienced that learning about Parenting Styles and looking at the ways to understand differences within families allowed her to honor her family’s differing needs.  In sharing these Parenting Styles, Energy Plans by Type will also be created. And, Type Reporter information will be shared about the ways to help our children develop their non-preferences for the times in their life when they will need to use them.

Annie is a mom of one son and is passionate about sharing the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) concepts as they relate to family and other relationships to allow for understanding, acceptance and growth – “the constructive use of differences.”  She felt fortunate to have this information while raising her son.

Annie has recently retired as a Salem Neighborhood Services Counselor assisting Neighborhood Associations and citizens to solve problems, participate in decisions, achieve their goals and connect with others who could assist them.  She previously worked as the Coordinator of Student Organization Services and Activities at Lamar University and with the Craft Center at Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo where she earned her graduate and undergraduate degrees along with her California Community College Counselor and Instructor Credentials.


 How to get more out of type, improve our Programs and meet your Needs!

We invite you to join us in a discussion, beginning at 12:00, about how our Parent Organization, APTi (Association for Psychological Type, International) can help us all get more out of Type!

This will take the format of a “Town Hall” session and PAPT will provide light snacks, a pre-lunch treat, for you to enjoy while discussing and giving your input at this brief meeting from 12:00 – 12:30.  Gary Monti from APTi will be Skyping in to listen to your needs, frustrations, wishes -anything you have to say that impacts making our PAPT Chapter experience even better. Gary and fellow APTi member, Keith McCormick, are collecting much-needed information at the Chapter level, information that will help APTi channel resources to better serve us.

Thirty minutes goes by quickly so be prepared and to make the session even more valuable, see if you can talk with other Chapter members ahead of time and share thoughts. Let’s see what we can put in – so we can get something fantastic out.

February 11, 2017

Arlene Richter

I think I’m a P, or am I a J? Clarifying Type’s J/P Dichotomy: The What, Who and Why of Procrastination

Doors open at 8:30 am, Program starts at 9:00 am

Marylhurst University, Villa Maria Bldg, 17600 Pacific Hwy, Marylhurst, OR

The fourth dichotomy, or pair, in the type code is often confusing. This confusion gives rise to misinterpretations – “are you a J or a P?”  Let’s put this confusion to rest and arrive at a clear understanding of the two dichotomies – Judging/Perceiving and Extraversion/Introversion and the functions of the type code as C.G. Jung and Isabel Briggs Myers intended.

This program/workshop will be rich with experiential exercises, information, fun, and will give you tools for your profession of helping people using type and bring depth to your personal understanding of type.  We will:

  • Clarify Extraversion/Introversion and Judging/Perceiving as Attitudes, not Functions and discover why this is crucial to understanding type and your own MBTI type code.
  • Clarify the concept of Ambiversion and its misconception in type.
  • Sort out the P for perceiving from P for procrastinating
  • Discuss who really procrastinates, the reasons we procrastinate and what we can do to manage or minimize it.

Arlene Richter, M.Ed. MBTI® Master Practitioner, has been the Workshop Chair at our local Chapter, APTi, from 2011 to 2015; she continues to be an active member and serves on the Board.

Since her certification in 2007, Arlene has been fascinated and intrigued by and has delved deeply into the study of Jungian Personality Type, continuing to study applications of Type and present workshops in the areas of: Spirituality, Teams, Problem Solving, Small groups, In-depth studies, study groups and on-line courses in the “Eight Functions of Type” and, most recently, the study of the Archetypes according to the work of Jungian scholar, John Beebe, Ph.D. She has co-facilitated courses on-line on the eight functions of type with Bob McAlpine of Type Resources. Previous careers: Xerox Corp, Secondary Teacher Language Arts. Arlene greatly enjoys family times, hiking with friends and has been secretary of NFNW hiking club for 16 years.

Past Events