One Day Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Chairwork

Online Webinar, via Zoom

Course brief:

This one-day experiential webinar explores that theory and practice of cognitive behavioural chairwork.

This is a one-day online, participative event organised by CBT Reach.

Chairwork refers to a collection of experiential interventions which utilise chairs, their positioning, movement, and dialogue for therapeutic purposes. Chairwork has a rich history of applications in CBT and appears to be an effective method for addressing a range of emotional and psychological difficulties.

This experiential, practice-focused workshop will introduce therapists to the core chairwork techniques utilised in CBT, and will explore how these interventions can be used to enhance their clinical practice. Core chairwork interventions for working with negative automatic thoughts, distressing emotions, metacognitive processes, and behaviour change will be outlined using didactic teaching, live demonstrations, and practice-role plays.

Aims and Objectives

– To introduce CBT therapists to theory and practice of cognitive behavioural chairwork.

– To demonstrate how and why chairwork is applied in the context of CBT.

– To support therapists in developing their skill and competence using these techniques in their day-to-day practice.

– To explore how chairwork is adapted in online therapy.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the workshop, delegates will be able to:

– Describe the core principles, processes, and procedures which constitute cognitive behavioural chairwork.

– Understand both the history and mechanisms of action underlying cognitive behavioural chairwork.

– Use chairwork techniques to modify negative automatic thoughts; manage emotional distress; and address problematic cognitive processes such as self-criticism.

– Apply process-related skills to enhance the effectiveness of chairwork.

– Address common obstacles in cognitive behavioural chairwork such as client reluctance.

Tobyn Bell

Tobyn Bell is a Compassion-Focused and Cognitive-Behavioural Psychotherapist, Trainer, and Supervisor. He is a co-founder of Chairwork and a co-author of the book ‘Compassion Focused Therapy from the Inside Out: A Self-practice/Self-reflection Workbook for Therapists’. Tobyn regularly provides national and international training on compassion and chairwork, and is actively involved in ongoing research within these areas.

The workshop is predominantly skills-based and experiential and will include live observations, practical exercises, theoretical discussion and group reflection. Whilst the workshop is open to people new to CFT, participants will benefit from some prior knowledge of the therapy.

This workshop is provided online, via Zoom, and has been organised by the BABCP.

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1st July 2022
£80 + VAT

Online (via Zoom)