Time-limited Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with Adolescents and Young Adults (TAPP) A one-day workshop with Professor Stephen Briggs London, 3 May 2019 (Friday) 10:00am - 5:00pm
In this practical one-day course, that would be of value to psychotherapists, psychologists, health care professionals and CBT practitioners, Professor Stephen Briggs introduces the principles and practice of TAPP (Time-limited Adolescents and Young Adults Psychodynamic Psychotherapy) – a distinctive, brief (20 sessions), manualised, dynamic therapy model, which is now widely used in many settings. The model has been specifically developed for working therapeutically with young people across the child / adult divide (14 – 25 years). TAPP combines a psychodynamic approach with a psychosocial focus on the experiences of transitions in contemporary social contexts. It incorporates a problem-solving approach through active client participation in contracting and reviewing. TAPP has the capacity to meet the needs of young people experiencing a wide range of difficulties during the adolescent and early adult years. Experience shows that the model is particularly relevant for young people who have: Complex presentations of mental health diagnoses with psychosocial vulnerabilities Difficulties in relationships (including e.g. (self)destructive relationships and self-harm/suicidality) Anxieties and difficulties around separation Depression A need for second treatments An external time-limit Post-traumatic presentations To face transitions from children’s to adult services complex situations, where longer term treatment plans are not clear Professor Briggs elucidates the therapeutic implications for practitioners working with young people; explaining how a time-limited focus on an aspect of developmental disturbance can recover a young person’s capacity to meet developmental challenges. The course uses theoretical discussions and case vignettes to explain the value and challenges of this time-limited approach.
Course aims The course aims to provide a CPD training to enable practitioners to develop an understanding of the therapeutic approach of TAPP, and to apply the elements of TAPP to their existing skills and knowledge so that they can be used in their own work settings. A CPD certificate for 6 CPD hours is provided at the end of the course. The course can be followed by a further 1-day training to complete the first module of the BPC accredited TAPP practitioner training. About the speaker Stephen Briggs is Professor of Social Work and Director of the Centre for Social Work Research at the University of East London and a psychotherapist in private practice. He is a Member of the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He was formerly Consultant Social Worker in the Adolescent Department, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. He has written widely on adolescent mental health, self-harm and suicide, infant mental health and infant observation. His book Time-limited Adolescent Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (TAPP); a developmentally-focussed psychotherapy for young people will be published by Routledge in May 2019. His other books include: Working with Adolescents and Young Adults: A contemporary psychodynamic approach (2008), Growth and Risk in Infancy (1997), and Relating to self-harm and suicide; psychoanalytic perspectives on practice, theory and prevention (2008, edited with Alessandra Lemma and Will Crouch). Who is the course suitable for? The course is suitable for all counsellors, psychotherapists and health and social care professionals practising in health, education and social care settings and in private practice, and who have a core professional training. It is suitable for therapists working in all modalities. Participants are usually registered with HCPC, BACP, UKCP or BCP. Practitioners will have undertaken a course of study that includes knowledge about psychoanalytic /psychodynamic developmental theory. What does the training consist of? The training is a one-day course on Friday 3rd May 2019. The course provides an overview of TAPP and an exploration of the key components of the model, linked to the key skills needed to work effectively with TAPP. These are: Applying psychodynamic theories of adolescent development in contemporary contexts Assessing for TAPP, including identifying a developmental focus across the age range (14-25 years) Contracting with the young person Working with different mental health needs and difficulties in young people The therapeutic stance; working with transference and counter-transference Working with the developmental focus Identifying change and growth Processes of ending and review Training methods The course takes a case-focussed approach through following the experiences of (fictionalised) young people in TAPP, to link practice experiences with the principles and framework of TAPP. The course is interactive and participative throughout, using group discussion and exercises including case discussion. Key information is provided through short presentations. Workshop Schedule 10:00AM: Overview and rationale: key principles of TAPP and the approach to therapeutic change 11:15AM: Coffee Break 11:30AM: The assessment and engagement process in TAPP 1:00PM: Lunch Break (a light lunch is provided as part of the workshop) 2:00PM: The treatment process in TAPP 3:15PM: Coffee Break 3:30PM: Working with the ending; growth and change 4:30PM: Review of the day 5:00PM: Close

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