Compassion Focused Therapy Chair-Work - in Manchester

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June 27, 2024
June 28, 2024
Compassion Focused Therapy Chair-Work - in Manchester


This workshop will be 15 hours towards your CPD, and you will receive a certificate of attendance shortly after the workshop. This workshop will be recorded, and recordings will be available for up to one month after the live broadcast for you to watch in your own time.


All timings are according to UK BST (GMT+1)

Day One: 09:30 - 17.00, Day Two: 09.30 - 17:00‍


This workshop is priced as follows:

Early Bird Rate - £315.00 (expires on 4th April 2024)

Student Rate - £275.00

Standard Rate - £345.00

For those in difficult financial circumstances, who may struggle to afford this price, please contact hello@compassionatemind.co.uk

About this Course

'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 modeled by the facilitators and broken down into specific steps to aid practical application.

Learning Objectives

-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


Chamber Space,

Elliot House,

151 Deansgate,

Manchester, M3 3WD

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Recommended Reading

Bell, T. (2022) Compassion Focused Therapy chairwork. In Gilbert, P. & Simos, G. (eds) Compassion Focused Therapy: Clinical Practice and Applications. Routledge.

Bell, T., Montague, J., Elander, J, & Gilbert, P. (2021). Multiple-emotions, multiple-selves: chairwork in compassion focused therapy. The Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, 14, E22.

Bell, T., Montague, J., Elander, J. & Gilbert, P. (2020) “A definite feel‐it moment”: Embodiment, externalisation and emotion during chair‐work in compassion‐focused therapy. Counselling & Psychotherapy Research, 20(1), 143-153.

Bell, T., Montague, J., Elander, J., & Gilbert, P. (2020). “Suddenly you are King Solomon”: Multiplicity, transformation and integration in compassion focused therapy chairwork. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 1-20

Kellogg, S. (2014) Transformational Chairwork: Using Psychotherapeutic Dialogues in Clinical Practice. Rowman & Littlefield.

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

Pugh, M. (2019) Cognitive Behavioural Chairwork. Distinctive Features. Routledge.

Pugh, M., Bell, T., & Dixon, A. (2021) Delivering tele-chairwork: A qualitative survey of expert therapists. Psychotherapy Research, 31(7), 843-858.

Pugh, M. & Bell, T. (2020). Process-based chairwork: Applications and innovations in thetime of COVID-19. European Journal of Counselling Theory, Research andPractise, 4, 1-8.

Pugh, M., Bell, T., Waller, G., & Petrova, E. (2021) Attitudes and applications of chairwork amongst CBT therapists: A preliminary surveyThe Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 14, E21. 

This course is for

Healthcare Professionals
Those working within the healthcare profession
Mental Healthcare Practitioners
Psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, nurses, psychiatrists and other mental health professions
Those who have completed introductory trainings
Introductory trainings refer to courses of 2 or 3 days provided by the Compassionate Mind Foundation or if led by a recognised CFT trainer

Meet your instructor(s)

Dr Tobyn Bell

Dr Tobyn Bell

Alison Bell

Alison Bell

Senior Psychological Therapist


My employer will be paying for this course. Can you arrange for an invoice?

Yes, towards the bottom of the page under the 'prices' section you will find a link to download a booking form for this workshop. Please fill this in and email to Binita.Shah@compassionatemind.co.uk

What if I am unable to attend?

If you find you are unable to attend this course, please email our admin team via hello@compassionatemind.co.uk as soon as possible. You will be given the option to transfer to another course (within 12 months). Refunds are available if cancellation occurs no less than one month before the start of the course, although we will consider exceptional circumstances.

Will I get a certificate of attendance?

All attendees will received a certificate upon completion of the course. This will be emailed to you, so please ensure that your details are correct on registration.

Our staff will take a register on each day of the workshop and any non-attendees will not receive a certificate. If you are unable to attend for any reason, please get in touch at hello@compassionatemind.co.uk


If you wish to book via invoice, please click here to download our workshop booking form.

Terms and conditions

All places booked for our event, must be paid for prior to attending the event unless pre-agreed with management. Please note that we cannot confirm your place until we have received payment.

Should you be unable to attend the event, please contact our admin team as soon as possible via hello@compassionatemind.co.uk. Refunds, less the Eventbrite administration fee, will be made if cancellations are received in writing up to one month before the event. Any cancellations received after this time will not be eligible for a refund, although we will consider exceptional circumstances.  While refunds for failure to attend cannot be made, you can transfer your event fee to a future event that will take place within 12 months of your booking without an additional penalty.

Please note that information about the event and venue are subject to change and cancellation. Occasionally, an event may have to be cancelled or postponed.  We will endeavour to inform you of any changes and cancellations as soon as possible via email. We cannot take responsibility for any resulting costs you may incur for travel, accommodation, any other related goods or service or other compensation should an event cancellation occur.

For all face-to-face events, lunch provided at the event will be vegetarian and will include eggs, but no meat or fish (though vegan options will also be made available). However, please advise us of any dietary requirements in the notes section whilst booking online and we will do our best to accommodate your request.