CFT Chair-work with Dr. Tobyn Bell
2 - Day Workshop
Date: May 2 & 3, 2020
Location: Galway - Venue TBC
Registration: 9.30am - 10am
Start: 10.00 a.m.
Finish: 4.30 p.m.
Coffee/Tea, Refreshments and Lunch will be provided on both days.
‘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 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
Tobyn Bell is a CFT 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/Self-reflection Workbook for Therapists. Tobyn has published research on CFT chairwork, imagery and compassion and delivers national and international training on these subjects. Tobyn is also a cognitive-behavioural therapy trainer, supervisor and programme-lead at the Greater Manchester Psychological Therapies Training Centre (NHS).
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