“The Empty Chair” with Rebecca Walters
November 29 @ 9:00 am - November 30 @ 5:00 pm
Rebecca Walters will be carrying out this two-day workshop on ‘The Empty Chair’ as part of the 5th Asia Pacific Behavioural and Addictions Medicine Conference (APBAM).
Ticket sales will begin at the start of May, with an Early Bird Price of S$580 (Singapore Dollars) from www.apbam.com
The Empty Chair
The Empty Chair is a blank screen. It can concretize anything or anybody. The use of the Empty Chair brings the therapeutic work immediately into the here and now. More Info:
Empty Chairs can be used to:
- Stand in for people, places or things
- Represent different feelings
- Represent fantasy and reality
- Transfer behavior from subject to chair for objective analysis and clarification
- Help explore ambivalence about choices and change
- Differentiate between present state/desired state
- Concretize walls, bridges and spaces.
Participants will learn both sociodramatic and psychodramatic use of the Empty Chair as a way to warm up groups, deepen therapeutic processes and attain closure in working with groups and individuals. More Info:
The Empty Chair is utilized to:
- Encourage expression
- Explore past, present and possible relationships,
- Explore/clarify multiple parts of self or other
- Facilitate role reversal to better understand self and others
- Identify obstacles and supports to growth and change
- Develop new and creative ways of role training
This highly experiential workshop will include demonstration, practice and active participation. Participants will learn and experience:
- Several ways to use the empty chair that are helpful for the various phases in the life of the group including ways to build the group; integrate new members and facilitate closure.
- How to use the empty chair to warm up individuals and groups.
- The appropriate use of role reversal in individual therapy and group work.
- The use of empathic interviewing to help individuals take on the role of the other.
- The technique of doubling in individual therapy to expand the client’s awareness of underlying emotions and thoughts.
- How to use empty chairs and space to concretize and explore relationships.
- The appropriate use of the empty chair to create distance and safety in working with trauma.
- The differences between Sociodrama and Psychodrama and their applications to specific populations/situations.
Trainer: Rebecca Walters, MS LMHC LCAT TEP
Rebecca Walters, MS, LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor), LCAT (Licensed Creative Arts Therapist), and TEP, is the founder and co-director of the Hudson Valley Psychodrama Institute (1989). She has thirty five years of inpatient and outpatient experience with adolescents and adults including those with co-occuring disorders of chemical dependence and mental illness. More Info:
Rebecca was the Director of Child and Adolescent Psychodrama Services at Four Winds Psychiatric Hospital, Katonah, NY . She developed psychodrama training curriculum for substance abuse counselors for Daytop, NY, a residential rehab.
Rebecca is a sought-after international trainer and is known for her expertise in the use of action methods with children and adolescents as well as in the use of psychodrama in DBT skills groups. She has brought her well received training seminars in these areas to conferences and training institutes throughout the US and abroad.
Rebecca is certified as a Trainer, Educator and Practitioner by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. She is known for her warmth, sensitivity and humour.