About the course

Adolescence onwards: Working with the interminability of a mental state

two year, online Diploma Course for qualified counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, and analysts registered with BACP, UKCP, BPS, or BPC and qualified, English-speaking therapists living, practising and registered in other countries.

With limited therapeutic services available to this transitional age group, there is increasing pressure and demand on therapists in private practice and charities to treat patients within this group.

This course has been developed to further the therapist’s skill and support when working with this challenging developmental stage.

Course Aim

This course will focus on the adolescent “state of mind” and its interminability. This means that, although much of the theory and clinical work will be focused on adolescents and young adults, the attention will be on a mental functioning that is potentially interminable and can be found at any age. In addition, the term “interminability” refers to the evidence that in contemporary Western societies, fluidity and vagueness around transitions are in the foreground and constitute quite a challenging problem.

The course will support a learning and experiential space for the therapist to discover what it will mean to allow the patient’s core anxieties—conscious and unconscious—to emerge in the service of development. The course will give close attention to transference and counter-transference manifestations and to the central significance of observation.

General course information

Structure:  The course is a two-year programme covering 6 modules, three modules per year

Module 1: October – December

Module 2: January – March

Module 3: April – June

Format:The Saturday seminar day will be split into a morning seminar. This will be followed by group supervision of clinical material in the afternoon. In addition to this, course participants will also have weekly individual supervision of patients seen in a therapeutic setting.

Participants can choose to attend as many or as few modules as they wish to. However, we strongly recommend that participants sign up for at least three modules in a row.

Participants who attend all six modules over two years will be asked to write a 5000 word clinical paper on one of the cases seen in individual supervision and complete two 1-0-1 yearly supervisions on two adolescent cases.

Award: Those who attend all six modules, complete two 1-0-1 yearly supervisions on two adolescent cases AND write the clinical paper will receive the SAP Diploma in Jungian Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with Adolescents and Young Adults.

Those who attend less than six modules and/or do not write the paper and/or do not complete the two 1-0-1 yearly supervisions will get a Certificate of Attendance.

Both the Diploma and the Certificate will count towards Continuous Professional Development credits.

Venue:                 Online

Convenor:           Dr Francesco Bisagni

Fees:                     £1350/- per year

2021-23 Programme

Year 1

9 October 2021

Francesco Bisagni

Psychoanalytic Foundations: When “adolescence” was born


20 November 2021

Guest Speaker: Marica Rytovaara

La Danse Macabre: Dancing with Death as a Night Journey to Life


11 December 2021

Francesco Bisagni

Vertical and horizontal: Group mind and transgenerational transmission

French psychoanalysis and the third topography


22 January 2022

Guest Speaker: Barry Proner

Fordham, Bion and the emotional learning: De-intergration/Re-integration and alpha function


12 February 2022

Guest Speaker: Suzanne Maiello

Internal obstacles on the way to Separateness and Adulthood: The re-emergence of primary psychic organizations and relational patterns in adolescence


19 March 2022

Guest Speaker: Eduardo Pitchon

Adolescence: A time of uncertainties

Learning to navigate the perils and challenges of an endless transition


9 April 2022

Guest Speaker: Melissa Midgen

Genitality today: Complexity and evolution of a Freudian concept


7 May 2022

Guest Speaker: Martin Schmidt

The Father Function and adolescence


11 June 2022

Francesco Bisagni

Sad passions and boredom


Year 2

Some of the presenters and topics for Year 2 are:

  • Anne Alvarez: Depression in adolescence
  • Elizabeth Anscombe: Eating disorders and no-entry defences
  • Francesco Bisagni: Obsessive-compulsive disorders/ autistic spectrum disorders
  • Marina Bonfatto: Sexuality and Identity
  • Marica Rytovaara: Risk assessment

Final dates and running order for Year 2 to be confirmed in due course.

For further information, you can download a brochure here.

Applications for 2021-22 are now closed. If you are interested in joining the course, please contact the Training & Education Manager.

Meet the Course Convenor

Francesco Bisagni

Francesco Bisagni, a psychiatrist, was trained as a Jungian Analyst in Italy and in London. He is currently a training and supervising analyst for the SAP. He is a Child and Adolescent psychotherapist according to the Tavistock model and also a psychoanalyst of the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis in the US. He has lectured and taught extensively over Europe, the UK, the US and Russia and has books published as author or editor, as well as articles in the major psychoanalytic journals. His latest book is ‘Obsessions: the Twisted Cruelty’, published by Karnac in 2017.