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

2018-19 Programme

Module 1 – Assessment and Clinical Implications for this age group
13 October 2018Alessandra Cavalli and Francesco BisagniTransition
10 November 2018

Francesco Bisagni with Marica Rytovaara

Risk assessment and risk management
08 December 2018Francesco Bisagni with Anne AlvarezThe re-emergence of early trauma in adolescence
Module 2 – Pathology: Sexuality, Eating habits and Cyberspace
12 January 2019Alessandra Cavalli with Marina BonfattoSexuality and Identity
9 February 2019Francesco Bisagni with Elizabeth AnscombeNo entry defences, eating disorders and body dysphormia
9 March 2019Alessandra Cavalli with Andrea MarziIdentity and cyberspace
Module 3 – Specialised Clinical Approaches
13 April 2019Francesco Bisagni with Elizabeth UrbanOn the Fordham model
11 May 2019Alessandra Cavalli with Martin SchmidtThe paternal function: its role in the transition from adolescence to adult life
08 June 2019Alessandra Cavalli, Francesco Bisagni and Ian WilliamsonBeing between in pretend and in reality


You can download the full Course Prospectus here.


Apply for Module 3 (2018-19) 

2019-20 Programme

We are also now accepting applications for the 2019-20 programme.

You can download the 2019-20 prospectus here.

You can download the 2019-20 application form here.