An Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Chairwork

Presented by Matthew Pugh and Tobyn Bell

About the event

This is a two-day online, participative event on the Zoom meeting platform.  The event will not be recorded.

A certificate of attendance will be issued for 10 x hours CPD - 4 hours theory and 6 hours skills.

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; address problematic cognitive processes such as self-criticism; and develop new patterns of behaviour.

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

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

About the presenter(s)

Matthew Pugh is a Clinical Psychologist, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, Advanced Schema Therapist, and Voice Dialogue Facilitator. He has worked in mental health settings for over 15 years. He is the author of ‘Cognitive Behavioural Chairwork: Distinctive Features’.

Tobyn Bell is a Compassion-Focused Therapist, Cognitive-Behavioural Psychotherapist, Schema Therapist, Trainer, and Supervisor. He has worked within mental health settings for over 15 years. He is the co-author of ‘Compassion Focused Therapy from the Inside Out: A Self-practice/Self-reflection Workbook for Therapists’.

Matthew and Tobyn are co-directors of an international provider of training, supervision, research, and consultation in the use of chairwork.


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Registration closes - Wednesday 2 June 2021

Online Event
9 Jun 2021 - 10 Jun 2021
East Midlands
120.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - BABCP Member
140.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - Non-Member
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