In the early 1970s, Helen Palmer learned about the Enneagram personality types from Claudio Naranjo and began teaching Enneagram panel workshops in the Narrative Tradition. The panel approach takes a small group of people (often 3-5) who identify with the same Enneagram type and places them in front of an audience wanting to learn more about that type. The moderator of the panel asks questions and guides a discussion of panel members who reveal their underlying experience of that type. In other words, it's a way for people to learn about Enneagram type by listening to people describe their experience first-hand.
In 1988 Palmer published one of the first books on the Enneagram personality types. That same year, she co-founded the Enneagram Professional Training Program with Stanford psychiatrist David Daniels, MD. Today the organization operates under the name The Narrative Enneagram.