Three Day Online Experiential Training

Delivered via Zoom

Course brief:

During this comprehensive three day training event, you will observe, experience, and practice the very best that chairwork has to offer psychotherapy and counselling.

This three day intensive training event is designed to give therapists the skills and confidence needed to deliver chairwork confidently and competently in their everyday practice.

Drawing on a variety of therapeutic approaches, participants will experience and practice the most effective chairwork interventions, and learn how they are applied to a variety of common client issues. Emphasis will also be placed on how to adapt chairwork in online therapy.

This training event will outline the theory and practice of chairwork using a our unique blend of didactic teaching, self-practice exercises, live demonstrations, and breakout room role-plays.

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Topics for this course will include:


… Provenance: The history and evolution of chairwork.

… Foundations: The four ‘pillars’ of chairwork and dialogical psychotherapy.

… Mechanisms: Why chairwork achieves dramatic changes.

… Magic ingredients: How to maximise the effectiveness of chairwork.


… Introducing, facilitating, and consolidating change through chairwork.

… Enhancing client engagement and positive responses to chairwork.

… Overcoming common obstacles, including client resistance.

… Adapting and enhancing chairwork using digital platforms such as Zoom.


Participants will learn how to use chairwork to address:

… Distressing thoughts and beliefs

… Worry, self-criticism, and other problematic cognitive processes

… Emotional distress and dysregulation

… Self-compassion and self-care

… Traumatic memories and “unfinished business”

… Behaviour change and skills training

… Ambivalence

… Problems in the therapeutic relationship, including negative transference

… Mindfulness and self-observation

Leading Approaches to Chairwork, including:

… Compassion-focused chairwork

… Schema-focused chairwork

… Emotion-focused chairwork

… Cognitive-behavioural chairwork

… Psychodramatic chairwork

… Voice dialogue

Please note that this is an intensive training programme. Each day will begin at 0900 and end at 1715.

Matthew Pugh

Matthew Pugh is a Clinical Psychologist, Advanced Schema Therapist, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, and Voice Dialogue facilitator. He is a co-founder of Chairwork and the author of ‘Cognitive Behavioural Chairwork: Distinctive Features’. Matthew is the author of numerous chairwork-related articles and book chapters, and has trained hundreds of therapists in the use of action-based methods.

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.

This workshop is aimed at mental health professionals who practice, have an interest, or are new to chairwork. Prior experience of using chairwork is not a requirement. The workshop is primarily skills-based and incorporates both experiential self-practice and practise in pairs using breakout rooms.

This three day event will take place via Zoom.

Register your interest:
4th - 6th Feb 2022

Online (via Zoom)