Compassion Focused Therapy Chairwork with Tobyn Bell – BELFAST, Ireland

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Compassion Focused Therapy Chairwork with Tobyn Bell

An exciting professional development opportunity with Tobyn Bell, the leading expert on CFT Chairwork. This highly experiential two-day training will take place in Belfast, Ireland.  

(Of interest to: Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, CBT Therapists or any practitioner who wants to know more about CFT and its applications.)

Level: Beginner

Knowledge of CFT is helpful, but not essential. This workshop will focus on applying the model of CFT to using Chairwork.

Teaching methods: Didactic, video, roleplay

2 – Day Workshop

Date: 10 & 11 November, 2022

Location:  Belfast, N. Ireland

Venue: Dunadry Hotel and Gardens


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.

Workshop Costs

Standard Price – £325

Group Rate – 10 or more attendees – £259 (please contact us at to request an invoice)


‘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.

Learning Objectives

In this workshop participants will:

-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)

Workshop Facilitator

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, lecturer and operational lead at the University of Manchester. He is the co-director of, which is an international provider of chairwork-related training, supervision, and research.

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Terms and Conditions: 

There will be a £50 cancellation fee up to 14 days before the workshop, £100 cancellation fee within 14 days of the workshop date (these exclude Covid-19 related cancellations). No refunds can be given to cancellations made less than 72 hours prior to the workshop date. We regret refunds for failure to attend cannot be made, but you can transfer your event fee to a future event within 12 months.

Registration and Invoicing

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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 inform of you of any changes and cancellations as soon as possible via email and you will receive a full refund.

Unfortunately, we cannot be held responsible for any resulting costs you may incur for travel, accommodation and any other related goods or service or other compensation.

We will confirm the final details of the event, 7-14 days before the start date.


What Previous Attendees Have Said:

“It was very practical – great seeing the videos and demos and having a go ourselves. I have used it with all three of my clients today!”

“The material was extremely helpful and Tobyn presented this clearly with lots of examples and chances to practice each technique.”

“Really interesting, very supportive, excellent slides. Really enjoyed it.”

“I have used the techniques several times in my work already and have found them to be very effective. This was an extremely useful piece of training for working in adult mental health. Thank you.”

Event Detail

November 10, 2022 10:00 am
November 11, 2022 4:30 pm


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