Honing our (Compassion Focused) Therapy with Chairwork

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Honing our [Compassion Focused] Therapy with Chairwork

Workshop presenter – Tobyn Bell

Tobyn‘Chair-work’ refers to a group of experiential psychotherapeutic techniques that incorporate chairs, the positioning of chairs and the client’s movement between them. Chair-work has a rich history in psychotherapy and has a key role in Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT). Research has found chair-work to be an effective, experiential intervention that increases emotional processing and activation; facilitates differentiation, dialogue and integration between internal ‘parts’ or ‘selves’; allows clients to gain a metacognitive stance; and is memorably ‘enactive’ in nature.

The workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to practice key CFT chair-work interventions such as working with self-criticism and processing multiple threat-emotions (known as ‘multiple selves’). Alternate and novel applications of CFT chair-work will be introduced and practiced, including how to work with blocks to compassion using chair-work and how to address an internalized abusive ‘other’ using chairs. Each CFT chair-work intervention will be modelled by the facilitators and broken down into specific steps to aid practical application.

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.

In this workshop participants will:

  • Understand the underpinning principles and theoretical rationale for chair-work in CFT
  • Practice core CFT chair-work interventions including self-critic and ‘multiple-selves’ interventions
  • Undertake ‘two-chair’ interventions to introduce and cultivate the flows of compassion
  • Work with blocks, fears and resistances to compassion using chair-work
  • Practice novel applications of chair-work in CFT
  • Integrate client feedback from recent research into their CFT chair-work and reflect on the role of the therapeutic relationship
  • Learn how to adapt CFT chair-work for specific client populations and to address client reservations and blocks to chair-work
  • Experience chair-work from the ‘inside-out’ by working with their own difficulties

Venue: The venue for the workshop is in the centre of Byron Bay:

Byron Bay Community and Cultural Centre
Level 1
69 Jonson St
Byron Bay NSW 2481

When? August 13-14, 2020, 9.30-5.00

Price: $595 Early bird (by May 31); $645 after May 31

5 Day Lighthouse Week Special (Aug 10-14): $1175* Early Bird; $1415 after May 31st

Workshop prices are inclusive of morning and afternoon tea. We have found workshop participants like to have lunch in Byron cafes, so lunch not included.

* If you can, we particularly suggest you consider the 5-day Lighthouse Week:

– It provides deeper immersion and learning of the practices
– We develop a strong sense of community
– And you get to enjoy Byron at a delightful time of year