Compassion Focused Therapy Chairwork - SOLD OUT

This is a one day day workshop in MANCHESTER on 27th February 2019

Conference Details

Presented By: Tobyn Bell

Date/Time: 27th February 2019 at 9:00am until 27th February 2019 at 5:00pm

Venue: Holiday Inn Manchester, 25 Aytoun St, Manchester M1 3AE

Location: Manchester, UK

Ticket Information

Event Description

‘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; whilst also being memorably ‘enactive’ in nature. CFT chair-work interventions include the enactment of self-critical dialogues between two chairs (the critical and criticised ‘selves’) before introducing and utilizing the ‘compassionate self’ in a third chair. Another core CFT chair-work intervention involves embodying various threat emotions, in separate chairs, before relating to them with compassion.


The workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to practice key CFT chair-work interventions, as well as two-chair interventions to facilitate the flow of compassion between self-to-other, other-to-self and self-to-self. Alternate and novel applications of CFT chair-work will be introduced and practiced, including how to work with blocks to compassion using chair-work. Various CFT chair-work interventions will be modelled by the facilitator 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


Holiday Inn Manchester, 25 Aytoun St, Manchester M1 3AE, Manchester, UK

Additional Information

Useful Reading

Bell, T. (powerpoint slides) The Therapeutic Relationship in Compassion Focused Chairwork.

Kellogg, S. (2014) Transformational Chairwork. Rowman & Littlefield.

Kirby, J.N. (2016) Compassion interventions: The programmes, the evidence, and implications for research and practicePsychology & Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice 90 (3)

Pugh, M. (2018) Cognitive behavioural chairwork. International Journal of Cognitive Theory.  


Workshop Leader

Tobyn Bell is a Compassion Focused Therapy psychotherapist and part of the training executive for the Compassionate Mind Foundation. He is the co-author of the book Compassion Focused Therapy from the Inside Out: A Self-Practice/SelfReflection Workbook for Therapists. Tobyn has published research on imagery and compassion and delivers national and international training on these subjects. He is currently completing a series of research studies on CFT chair-work. Tobyn is a cognitive-behavioural therapy trainer, supervisor and programme-lead at the Greater Manchester West CBT Training Centre (NHS, UK) and is a trained mindfulness teacher.

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Lunch provided at the event will be vegetarian and will include eggs, but no meat or fish. However, please advise us of any dietary requirements in the notes section whilst booking online and we will try to accommodate your request.