Compassion Focused Therapy Chairwork (Online)

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July 9, 2024
July 10, 2024
Compassion Focused Therapy Chairwork (Online)


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.

We will host this workshop via Zoom Meetings and will send all relevant joining instructions a week before the workshop.


All timings are according to UK GMT

Day One: 09:30 - 17.00

Day Two: 09.30 - 17:00


This workshop is priced at a flat rate of £215. For those in difficult financial circumstances, who may struggle to afford this price, please contact hello@compassionatemind.co.uk

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About this Course

‘Chairwork’ refers to a group of experiential psychotherapeutic techniques that incorporate chairs, the positioning of chairs and the client’s movement between them. Chairwork has a rich history in psychotherapy and has a key role in Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT). Research has found chairwork 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 webinar will provide participants with an opportunity to practice key CFT chairwork interventions such as working with self-criticism and processing multiple threat-emotions. Alternate and novel applications of CFT chairwork will be introduced and practiced, including working with blocks to compassion using chairwork and integrating motivational chairwork. Each intervention will be introduced with digital adaptations to ensure these powerful procedures can be applied when working online.

The webinar 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.

Learning Objectives

-Understand the underpinning principles and theoretical rationale for chairwork in CFT

-Practice core CFT chairwork interventions including self-critic and ‘multiple-selves’ interventions

-Work with blocks, fears and resistances to compassion using chairwork

-Practice novel applications of chair-work in CFT (including motivational chairwork)

-Learn how to adapt CFT chairwork for online practice

Online via Zoom

Recommended Reading

Bell, T. (2022) Compassion focused therapy chairwork In P. Gilbert & G.Simos (eds) Compassion Focused Therapy: Clinical Practice and Applications. London & New York: Routledge; pp. 445-458

Bell, T., Montague, J., Elander, J., Pugh, M., & Gilbert, P. (2023). Bringing the Inside Out and the Outside in: The Therapeutic Relationship in Compassion Focused Therapy Chairwork. OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine, 8(3), 1-21.

Bell, T., Montague, J., Elander, J., & Gilbert, P. (2021). “Suddenly you are King Solomon”: Multiplicity, transformation and integration in compassion focused therapy chairwork. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 31(3), 223.

Bell, T., Montague, J., Elander, J., & Gilbert, P. (2021). Multiple emotions, multiple selves: compassion focused therapy chairwork. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 14, e22.

Bell, T., Montague, J., Elander, J. & Gilbert, P. (2019) “A definite feel‐it moment”: Embodiment, externalisation and emotion during chair‐work in compassion‐focused therapy. Counselling & Psychotherapy Research 00:1– 11.

Kellogg, S. (2014) Transformational Chairwork. 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)

Muntigl, P., Horvath, A., Chubak, L. & Angus, L. (2020). Getting to “Yes”: Overcoming Client Reluctance to Engage in Chair Work. Frontiers in Psychology. 11:1-16.

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

Pugh, M., Bell, T., & Dixon, A. (2021) Delivering tele-chairwork: A qualitative survey of expert therapists. Psychotherapy Research, 321 (7): 843-858

This course is for

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


Is this course suitable for someone who has no prior CFT training

As this course is aimed at an intermediate level, participants will be expected to have a basic understanding of the CFT model, we would encourage you to attend one of our introductory trainings first.

I can't attend live, can I watch the recordings after the live broadcast instead?

Due to the interactive nature of this workshop, and that it will contain a lot of group work, we feel you'd be missing too much of it's value if you cannot participate live. So, we have requested that all delegates attend live.

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.