ACTing it out: using chairwork to enliven your sessions

Exploring the applications of chairwork in ACT

Access is for 6 months after purchase
6 hours (6 CE credits)
Intermediate level skills workshop
Practitioners, therapists and clinicians

Course Description

Chairwork represents a collection of experiential therapeutic methods and a medium for providing therapy. Used for over 100 years, many therapists regard it as one of the most powerful and exciting ways of working. This experiential, exploratory, and practice-focused workshop will introduce the four ‘pillars’ of chairwork and how they can be incorporated into Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Attendees will have the opportunity to observe and practice methods for working with values, supporting cognitive defusion, working with self-narratives and self-multiplicity, and enacting ACT metaphors.

A common question people ask is can chairwork be used in an online therapy? The answer is absolutely yes! Matt and Tobyn have published research on just this topic and will cover key practical methods to successfully adapt chairwork to an online environment.

Attendees are expected to have a good working knowledge of ACT.

For those seeking an introductory ACT course, you’ll find an on-demand course  presented by Joe Oliver  here.

Learning points

At the end of this workshop you will be able to:

-Use enactive methods to facilitate cognitive defusion and flexibility

-Bring ACT metaphors to life via dramatic means

-Work with self-narratives and self-multiplicity in novel ways

-Integrate chairwork into your ACT practice

References and recommended reading

-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, 31, 223–237.

-Pugh, M. (2019). Cognitive behavioural chairwork: Distinctive features. Routledge.

-Pugh. M., & Bell, T. (2020). Process-based chairwork: Applications and innovations in the time of

-COVID-19. European Journal of Counselling Theory, Research and Practice, 4, 1-8

-Pugh. M., Dixon, A., & Bell, T. (2022). Chairwork and the therapeutic relationship: Can the cart join the horse? Journal of Clinical Psychology. Advanced online publication.



Group booking discounts

Contextual Consulting offer discounts for groups of people from the same organisation e.g. an NHS Trust that does not have a contract arrangement with us.

Please email us here  to arrange a group discount or find out more about our CPD contracts here.

APA psychologists: This program is sponsored by Contextual Consulting and is approved for 6 CE credits for psychologists. 

Behaviour analysts: This workshop is available for 6 BACB Learning CEUs. Contextual Consulting is an approved BACB ACE Provider # OP-20-3415.

Nationally certified counselors: This workshop is available for 6 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: using chairwork to enliven your sessions
$170.00 (+ VAT if applicable).
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