Adolescence onwards: Working with the interminability of a mental state

three 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.

The course is currently being revamped with a view to launching an updated version in late 2024/early 2025.

Therefore, applications are currently not open.

For further information or to get onto a waitlist, please contact the Training & Education Manager.



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.