An Experiential Approach to Resolving Ambivalence and Enhancing Motivation

1 day workshop TBC, TBC

Course brief:

During this workshop, you will have the opportunity to observe and practice a range of chairwork methods for building motivation and commitment to change.

Research suggests that chairwork may be a particularly effective method for resolving ambivalence and overcoming indecision. This practice-centred workshop will introduce participants to motivation-focused chairwork and explore how these methods are used to augment therapy, including CBT and Motivational Interviewing. These will include interventions for exploring indecision, building motivation to change, and strengthening commitment to action.

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

… Understand the mechanisms of action underlying motivation-focused chairwork

… Use chairwork to enhance CBT and/or Motivational Interviewing

… Implement chairwork techniques to resolve ambivalence, explore values, strengthen motivation to change, and enhance self-efficacy

… Apply process-based skills to enhance the effectiveness of chairwork

… Overcome common obstacles when using motivational chairwork, including client ‘resistance’

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. Therapists who use CBT, Motivational Interviewing, or allied approaches (e.g. Schema Therapist) will find the workshop particularly helpful. Prior experience of using chairwork is not a requirement.

The dates and location of this workshop have not been finalised. Please contact us to register your interest or discuss bringing this workshop to your service.

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