Workshop ‘Chairwork’

See agenda for the course dates, locations and the registration form.

This 2-day workshop is specifically developed for Schema therapists who want to refine their skills in the use of Chair work. Chair work is considered to be an important technique within schema therapy. With this technique, schema therapists can work on schema’s and modes on an experiential level, allowing the patient to internalize meaningful, healthier messages. Many therapists experience this technique to be difficult. Either they feel themselves not experienced enough since it’s not their usual way of working with patients. Or they encounter specific challenging situations that haven’t been covered in their basic ST training, e.g. the coping mode is so strong that it doesn’t make any difference to let the patient sit in the chair of the Vulnerable Child mode. Or the Punitive Parent mode is so strong that you seem to be unable to win the battle and start feeling helpless. Maybe you are also struggling with the different styles you can use to fight the Guilt-inducing- or Demanding Parent mode
This training course aims to provide specific methods to fine tune the already existing skills of the participants in order to make them more effective and efficient in working with parent- and or coping modes. The objective is that this day should be an enjoyable, educational experience involving a lot of practice within a secure atmosphere, in order to enable the therapists to apply chairwork more often and more effectively.


Topics that will be covered on these days:

  • Strong coping modes blocking the patient from connecting to their emotions
  • Strong parent modes
  • Mode flipping; how to deal with the patient constantly flipping from one mode to another
  • The use of chairs in strengthening the Healthy Adult

Remco van der Wijngaart