ACTing it out with chairwork – intermediate level

Chairwork methods for ACT practitioners

7 hours (7 CE credits)
Intermediate level skills workshop
Recording available for 6 months
Practitioners, therapists and clinicians

Course Description

If you have an interest in chairwork, already possess knowledge or experience with it in your practice, and desire to further develop your skills, this intermediate-level workshop is tailor-made for you. Chairwork is a powerful therapeutic action method approach that uses space, movement, and drama to bring about change. Join our workshop leaders as they dive into key areas, including utilising chairwork for emotional processing, enhancing values work, and expanding perspective taking. Discover effective methods to bring your therapy sessions to life and truly engage your clients.

This comprehensive training will give you more skills and confidence to bring chairwork into your practice right away. You experience and practice some of the most effective chairwork interventions available, and learn how they can be applied to a variety of client issues.

About this workshop

This workshop is designed for ACT practitioners who are familiar with chairwork and want to take their skills to the next level. You will learn how to facilitate more complex, multi-chair tasks and address challenging clinical issues such as interpersonal conflicts and emotional processing difficulties. If you want to enliven your therapy sessions and bring ACT to life, this workshop is for you.

You will discover practice sophisticated experiential methods for enhancing perspective-taking, clarifying values, addressing interpersonal difficulties, and much more. Time will also be dedicated to exploring how to overcome stuck points in chairwork, such as scepticism and limited availability of chairs. This workshop will incorporate a variety of teaching methods including demonstrations, group discussion, experiential self-practices, and small group exercises.

What will you get out of this workshop?

Key learning points in this workshop will include:

  • The core principles, processes, and procedures that make up chairwork.
  • How to facilitate complex multi-chair tasks face-to-face and online.
  • Chairwork tasks for perspective-taking, values clarification, emotional processing, healing interpersonal injuries, and resolving trauma.
  • Advanced process skills for facilitating chairwork effectively.
  • Strategies for addressing common blocks in chairwork.

 Feedback from Matt and Tobyn’s previous workshop

This is a great training. It was incredibly useful for my practice, learned a lot. The real plays and opportunities for us to practice were invaluable! Will recommend this training!

Maria João Martins, Clinical psychologist

I really enjoyed it – it was so smooth, the demonstrations felt authentic and encouraged me to also be authentic in my roleplays in the practice parts – so I could really experience the power of this technique.

Sarah Huibregtse Van Loon – Psychological therapist

The online course “ACTing it out: Using Chairwork to Enliven Your Sessions” presents a great blend of theoretical depth and engaging practical exercises. The instructor’s expertise in chairwork and ACT can be noticed throughout the course, illuminating the subject matter with insightful commentary and a profound understanding the principles behind the practice. The course dynamics are thoughtfully crafted, promoting an active learning environment that is both stimulating and supportive. The course’s positive atmosphere, combined with the teacher’s expertise, makes for an enriching educational experience that can genuinely enhance the therapeutic practice of its attendees.

Paulo Gomes – Clinical psychologist and professor


Who would benefit from this workshop?

This workshop is for clinicians, including psychologists, psychotherapists, and BCBAs who would like to make their work more action-packed. Practitioners with prior training and/or experience using chairwork will benefit the most.

Exploring the applications of chairwork in ACT

If you are interested in learning about the basics of using chairwork in ACT sessions, check out our on-demand workshop, ACTing it out: using chairwork to enliven your sessions, with Tobyn Bell and Matt Pugh


APA psychologists: This program is sponsored by Contextual Consulting and is approved for 7 CE credits for psychologists. 

Behaviour analysts: This workshop is available for 7 BACB Learning CEUs. Contextual Consulting is an approved BACB ACE Provider # OP-20-3415.

Nationally certified counselors: This workshop is available for 7 credit hours. Contextual Consulting Ltd. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7578. 

To find out more, including attendance requirements and how to access your certificate, go to our continuing education information page.

ACTing it out with chairwork – intermediate level
2 sessions: 15th - 16th Jan 2025
Starts: 15th Jan 2025: 8:30 AM (New York time)
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$144.00 (+ VAT if applicable). Early-bird rate valid until 27th Sep 2024 and then the normal price of US$180.00 + VAT will apply.
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To find out more, including attendance requirements and how to access your certificate, go to our continuing education information page.

To access this workshop you will need a stable internet connection and a set of smart phone ear buds with built in microphone. Your internet speed should be a minimum of 1.5mbs  DOWNLOAD & UPLOAD. You can check that here at

We will have dedicated technicians on hand throughout the entire duration of the workshop. They will be there to help you manage any issues that may come up and get you back in to the workshop again. Also, if you think there may be a problem, be it with your work access or anything else, you can log in early to check if things are working for you, and be prepared. There may of course be technical issues that come up on your end, which will be your responsibility to look after. But these are rare and we have an extra handy troubleshooting guide that comes with tips and tricks to deal with any problems.

Yes! As long as you have access to a web browser and you’re connected to the internet, you will be able to attend. It’s that simple – all you need to do is go to the webpage link, login and you’re set to go. You can join the workshop on any device including your home computer or iPad. You can even join in using your smart phone.

Yes, we have a special portal in the system to allow you to connect with other participants joining via the workshop.

You just need a computer (PC or Mac), laptop or tablet that can access the internet. You need a good broadband speed that would allow you to comfortably stream a movie (such as a video on YouTube).

Yes, a video of the presentation will be available to you for up to 6 months after the workshop is finished.  You’ll be able to go back over any part of the workshop to review or check anything that you missed. You also don’t actually have to attend the live workshop – if you’re not able to make it on the actual date, you can still login afterwards and watch the recorded version.

Yes, you will receive a CPD certificate.

Absolutely. You will be able to ask the presenter questions, just as you would in any workshop. You’ll also have the extra benefit of being able to interact with other colleagues who have also joined the workshop.

It’s super simple. All you need to do is follow a link that you will be provided prior to the course, along with instructions.

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