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"Transformational Chair Work: The Advanced Dialogues"

by Scott Kellogg

- Watch the "Sneak Peak" interview by clicking the picture above -


- Introduce clinicians to the Eight Core Dialogue Structures; 

- Empower them to use Complexity Dialogues with the Demanding or Punitive Parent Modes; 

- Explore the power of Vector Dialogues when working through difficult relationships; 

- Facilitate the use of Compassion-Centered dialogue work 

- Review the use of deepening techniques


1. An overview of the Eight Core Dialogue Structures; 

2. A group bonding activity; 

3. The first demonstration will involve a clinician doing Chairwork with a Mode issue that is personally meaningful. After debriefing this experience, I will review the use of the Deepening Techniques; 

4. Self-Doubling or looking at a problematic relationship through two different modes. After a demonstration, the participants will enact this dialogue themselves. I will consult with them throughout the day. 

5. I will demonstrate three interrelated ways of working with the Punitive or Demanding Parent. This will involve the use of a Mode Interview, a Complexity Dialogue, and the creation of Self-Compassion Mode to provide support for the Healthy Adult. The participants will then engage in Chairwork with their inner critical voices - using the three structures. 

6. The Vector Dialogue is an excellent way to work with the complex emotions that often emerge as a result of interpersonal trauma. After the demonstration, the members of the group will then pair up and work on their own traumas or those of their patients. We will debrief the experience of the day. 

7. We will debrief and say goodbye.

Learning Objectives: 

1. Participants will become familiar with the Eight Core Dialogue Structures; 

2. Participants will become familiar with the basic Deepening Techniques; 

3. Participants will learn how to create Self-Doubling dialogues; 

4. Participants will develop some mastery using three Chairwork approaches to Punitive and Demanding Parent Mode work. 

5. Participants will gain some ability to create Vector Dialogue encounters when working with trauma. 

The workshop is intended for: Advanced only

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