Therapeutic Chair Work

Coming Spring 2022

This course introduces clinicians to the use of psychotherapeutic “chair work.” Originated in Gestalt Therapy, and further developed elaborated in Emotion-Focused Therapy, Chair Work includes 1) Two-Chair Dialogues for the resolution of intrapsychic conflicts and maladaptive self-treatment (i.e., self-criticism, self-interrupting, self-worrying), as well as 2) Empty Chair work for the resolution of interpersonal “unfinished business” related to (usually unavailable) significant others from the client’s life.

Meetings will include lecture, discussion, demonstration, and significant experiential practice.

What: An introduction to therapeutic chair work.

When: Dates TBD

Who: For Counselors and therapists who wish to add chair work to their clinical repertoire.

Instructor: Tom Kubasik, LCPC, NCC

Maximum of 5 Participants.

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Topics include:

Meeting 1: Self-Critical Splits (Including coercive self-treatment)

Meeting 2: Self-Critical Splits (including “Decisional Splits”)

Meeting 3: Unfinished Business

Meeting 4: Unfinished Business

Meeting 5: Self-Interruption

Meeting 6: Self-Worrying

Meeting 7: Self-Compassion

Meeting 8: Special Considerations in Chair Work


Learning Objectives

By the end of the 8 meetings, participants will be able to:

  • Identify circumstances in which therapeutic chair work could be productive, as well as when chair work would be contraindicated.
  • Distinguish the two major types of chair work (two-chair vs. empty chair), as well as differentiate different forms of client self-treatment.
  • Utilize the “experimental attitude” with chair work techniques.
  • Facilitate productive deepening and differentiating of client experiencing through sensitive attunement to moment-by-moment client processes.

Early Bird Registration (TBD): $750

Regular Registration (TBD): $900

A certificate of 24 Contact Hours will be provided upon completion of the program.

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