Transitions: Adolescence into Adulthood

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

Convenors: Dr Alessandra Cavalli and Dr Francesco Bisagni

Fees: £400/module

2019-20 Programme

Module 1 – Assessment and Clinical Implications for this age group
12 October 2019 Alessandra Cavalli and Francesco Bisagni Transition
9 November 2019

Francesco Bisagni with Marica Rytovaara

Risk assessment and risk management
7 December 2019 Francesco Bisagni with Anne Alvarez The re-emergence of early trauma in adolescence
Module 2 – Pathology: Sexuality, Eating habits and Cyberspace
11 January 2020 Alessandra Cavalli with Marina Bonfatto Sexuality and Identity
8 February 2020 Francesco Bisagni with Elizabeth Anscombe No entry defences, eating disorders and body dysphormia
7 March 2020 Alessandra Cavalli with Andrea Marzi Identity and cyberspace
Module 3 – Specialised Clinical Approaches
18 April 2020 Alessandra Cavalli with Eduardo Pitchon Psychotherapy and Hallucinogens
16 May 2020 Francesco Bisagni with Martin Schmidt The paternal function: its role in the transition from adolescence to adult life
13 June 2020 Alessandra Cavalli with Eduardo Pitchon Being between in pretend and in reality


You can download the 2019-20 prospectus here.

You can download the 2019-20 application form here.