CHAIR WORK: The use of chair technique in psychotherapy

CHAIR WORK: The use of chair technique in psychotherapy


09/10/2020 - 10/10/2020    
10:00 - 17:00


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CHAIR WORK: The use of chair technique in psychotherapy

Prof. Eshkol Rafaeli

9th-10th October 2020
Time (CEST) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m


The chair technique was conceived by Fritz Perls, Gestalt Psychotherapy’s founder, in the 1960s and is one of the most widely used experiential techniques in Schema Therapy (ST), a clinical approach by Jeffrey Young.
Over the decades, transversally to different psychotherapeutic models, different application of the technique have been developed, with the aim of tailoring the technique in the contexts of individual, couples and family psychotherapy.
Within the ST, the chair technique is mainly applied to work with the patient’s dysfunctional Modes, so as to bypass, negotiate or stem some problematic parts. Other possible applications of the use of one or more chairs, is related to the management of unresolved losses or bereavements, traumatic situations and dysfunctional relationships or inner conflicts. Finally, in other cases the technique can be employed to learn assertive behaviours or for making decisions or working with opposite poles.
The Workshop is mainly experiential and is aimed at providing practical and immediately applicable tool, allowing participants to learn the different uses of the chair work, both within the Schema Therapy, that in other approaches frameworks.

Prof. Eshkol Rafaeli
is a clinical psychologist (in the United States and
Israel),a Professor at theDdepartment of Psychology and the Neuroscience program at the Bar-Ilan University in
Israel, and a researcher at Barnard College at the
Columbia University. The “Affect and Relationships”
laboratory which is direct by E. Rafaeli, deepens the
processes that regulate the most intimate relationships,
affective and interpersonal processes in psychopathology and psychotherapy. He has been using Schema Therapy since joining Jeffrey Young’s Cognitive Therapy Center in NY in 2002, becoming a supervisor in the NY program, and (after he moved to Israel in 2009) was one of the founders of the ‘Israel Institute of Schema Therapy”. He supervised, lectured,
and wrote extensively on Schema Therapy. He is coauthor with David Bernstein and Jeffrey Young of “Schema Therapy: Distinctive Features” published by Routledge, and most recently contributed with chapters to volumes “The Self in Understanding and Treating
Psychological Disorders” (Oxford Univ. Press, 2016). He is a member of the editorial board of several Journals, including Psychotherapy Research, Behavior Therapy
and Journal of Research in Personality.
• Kellogg, S. (2014). Transformational chairwork: Using psychotherapeutic dialogues in clinical practice. Rowman & Littlefield.


Friday 9th October 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. (CEST)

•A brief history of schema therapy and introduction of schemas and modes
* Introduction of the chair work
* Cases when chair work is useful
* How to propose chair work to patients and overcome common forms of resistance

Saturday 10th October 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. (CEST)

• Chair work to work with parent modes
• Chair work to overcome coping modes
• Chair work for dialogues with people from past or present
• Chair work for ‘empathic confrontation’

N.B. Lunch break from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Instructions for participation

The workshop will be held in English and in a webinar format via the ZOOM platform
Time (CEST): 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Upon confirmation of registration you will receive all indications and directions for
Workshop addressed to Psychologists, Psychotherapists and Psychiatrists

❖ Euro 220,00 + VAT (268,40) standard fee
❖ Euro 190,00 + VAT (231,80) early bird before September 10, 2020
To register please fill the ONLINE FORM and pay the participation fee at the same time.
The payment must be done via bank transfer to the following bank account:
Scuola di Psicoterapia Cognitiva srl
IBAN IT87K0538703202000001606300
Reason “RAFAELI October 2020”
Organizing Secretary
APC/SPC – Viale Castro Pretorio, 116 – 00185 – Roma – Info: – – 00393473566781

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