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Working with Chairs and Emotion Focused Therapy

Event number: 17157
6 CPD hours
Study Group Network
Presenter(s): Dr Melissa Harte MAPS MCCLP MCCOUNP

Emotion-Focussed Therapy (EFT) is a current expression of the contemporary humanistic-experiential tradition in psychotherapy. It integrates Client-Centred and Gestalt therapy traditions into an emotion-focused approach that emphasises both the relationship and the process of reflection on aroused emotions to create new meaning.

In practice, this approach is about maintaining a creative tension between the client-centred emphasis on creating a genuinely empathic and respectful relationship while permitting a more active, task-focused process-directive style of engagement. There is evidence that such a combination promotes deeper experiencing. A central characteristic of experiential psychotherapy is its focus on promoting in-therapy experience in order to stimulate emotion-awareness. People are viewed as meaning-creating, symbolising agents, whose subjective experience is an essential aspect of their humanness. 

This experiential study group will offer participants a chance to understand the origins of chair work from an EFT perspective. There will be a chance to observe demonstrations and opportunities to practice this dynamic and powerful intervention.  

This group is suitable for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychotherapists, counsellors, occupational therapists, nurses, case workers and managers.  No past experiences or training necessary.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this activity, particpants will have gained understanding of:

  • Origins and principles of chair work
  • When to use chair work and when not to
  • The characteristics and identification of critical splits
  • The characteristics and identification of interruptive processes
  • The characteristics and identification of empty chair work for unfinished business with significant others
  • The use of chair work for self soothing 
  • Developing a safe environment in which to process painful experiences using chair work
  • Emotion regulation through grounding and other strategies

*The Study Group Network aims to keep fees affordable and does not provide lunch. Morning/afternoon tea is included and you are welcome to bring your own lunch or purchase something nearby.

About the presenter(s)

Dr Melissa Harte [B. App. Sci. (Med. Lab. Sci.), Grad. Dip. (Psych), B. Sci. (Hons) Psych, DPsych (Couns) Cert IV Training and Assessment] is a Counselling Psychologist who supports and assists people to improve their lives. Her diverse range of services includes; face-to-face counselling, training, supervision and professional development within an Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) framework. Melissa has gained recognition as an International Trainer in EFT and has travelled overseas presenting workshops on EFT. Melissa’s uniquely structured workshops are personally transformational for therapists and are designed to assist those therapists to deliver more comprehensive services for their clients.


Please make sure you read the group description and details carefully before registering for a study group. CANCELLATION POLICY: As we keep study group fees to a minimum and presenters are paid according to the numbers who attend, we prefer not to provide refunds other than for 'exceptional, unforeseeable circumstances'. We are happy for you to nominate an alternative attendee or you may transfer to another study group, but only within 2 months as this adds extra admin costs. Cancellations up to 14 days prior to the study group you are registered for will receive a full refund. Cancellations within 1-13 days of the study group will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations within 24 hours of a study group will not be refunded. All cancellations must be given in writing.

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Psychology Melbourne
2/50 Queen Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 27/5/2017
End date: 27/5/2017
Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm


APS Member: $193.00
APS Student: $193.00
Non Member: $386.00


APS - Melbourne Branch
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