Transitions: Adolescence into Adulthood

Note: Due to the uncertainties caused by Covid-19, we will be offering this highly regarded course online at least for 2020. The course may move back to classroom teaching in 2021 if and when it is possible to do so safely.
The course is, as always, open to national and international candidates.
For those of you normally limited by location constraints, we encourage you to avail of this extraordinary opportunity to join the SAP Transitions Course.

A modular CPD clinical training course for working with 18 to 25 year olds

Suitable for counsellors, psychologists and analysts

With limited therapeutic services available to this transitional age group in the UK, 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 supports 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. This course gives close attention to transference and counter-transference manifestations and to the central significance of observation. A vital training objective is to support therapists in approaching the intricate defences and concerns of this age group. Working with adolescents in transition to adulthood can all too easily be marked with disconnectedness from the fears of madness, attachment, separation, dependency, somatisation, sexuality, and identity.

The training and facilitation ethos of this course focuses on the therapeutic implications of this age group being disconnected. The course will foster therapeutic approaches that connect adolescent patients with what it means to become their adult selves.

The course is suitable for registered professionals in the talking therapies.

General course information

Duration: Each module is 3 monthly Saturdays, 15 hours CPD

Convenor: Dr Francesco Bisagni

Fees: £1350/- for the whole course

Participants can choose to pay in termly instalments or attend only 1 or 2 modules. In that case, fees for the course will be £495/- module

2020-21 Programme

Module 1 – Assessment and Clinical Implications for this age group

10 October 2020 Francesco Bisagni

Adolescence and its Interminability

14 November 2020 Guest Speaker: Marica Rytovaara

Risk assessment and risk management

5 December 2020 Guest Speaker: Anne Alvarez

Early trauma and post-adolescence

Module 2 – Pathology: Sexuality, Eating habits and Cyberspace

16 January 2021

Guest Speaker: Marina Bonfatto

Sexuality and Identity
13 February 2021

Guest Speaker: Elizabeth Anscombe

No entry defences and  eating disorders 
20 March 2021

Guest Speaker: Andrea Marzi

Remote analysis: Challenges and problems in the wake of a problematic time

Module 3 – Specialised Clinical Approaches

10 April 2021 Guest Speaker: Eduardo Pitchon

Being between in pretend and in reality

29 May 2021 Guest Speaker: Martin Schmidt

The paternal function: its role in the transition from adolescence to adult life

12 June 2021 Francesco Bisagni

Adaptation and subjectivity: Individuation in transition

You can download the 2020-21 prospectus here.

You can download the 2020-21 application form here.