In this practical and in-depth two-day course, that would be of value to psychotherapists, psychologists, health care professionals and CBT practitioners, Professor Stephen Briggs explains the time-limited approach of TAPP (Time-limited Adolescents and Young Adults Psychodynamic Psychotherapy) – a distinctive, brief (20 sessions), manualised, dynamic therapy model developed at Tavistock Clinic’s Adolescent Department. The model has been specifically developed for working therapeutically with young people across the child / adult divide (14 – 25 years).
TAPP innovatively combines a psychodynamic approach with a psycho-social 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
- 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
Drawing on his work at Tavistock Clinic and using a psychodynamic framework, Professor Briggs elucidates the therapeutic implications for practitioners working with young people; explaining in detail how we can recover a young person’s capacity to meet developmental challenges. The two-day course uses theoretical discussions and case vignettes to explain the value and challenges of a time-limited approach.
What does the training consist of?
The course provides an overview of TAPP and a detailed 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
- The role of observation
- 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 including ‘internalising’ and ‘externalising’ problems
- Achieving the therapeutic stance and working with transference and counter transference
- Working with the developmental focus
- Working in-depth and identifying change and growth
- Processes of ending and review
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 and role play. Key information is provided through short presentations.
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. His current research interests include psychotherapy with young people and adolescent mental health, including suicide and self-harm. He worked in the Adolescent Department at the Tavistock Clinic for over 20 years as a clinician, teacher and researcher. He has written widely on adolescent mental health, self-harm and suicide, infant mental health and infant observation. His 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). He led the brief psychodynamic service in the Adolescent Department, and has written the manual for Time Limited Adolescents (and young adult) Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (TAPP). His papers on Time-limited psychodynamic psychotherapy for adolescents and young adults include:
- Briggs, S. and Lyon, L. (2012) Time limited psychodynamic psychotherapy for adolescents and young adults; in Lemma, A. ed. Contemporary Developments in Adult and Young Adult Therapy: the work of the Tavistock and Portman Clinics, London, Karnac Books
- Briggs, S. Time limited psychodynamic psychotherapy for adolescents and young adults. Journal of Social Work Practice, 2010, 24, 2, 181-196
- Briggs, S. & Lyon L. (2011) A developmentally focussed time-limited psychodynamic psychotherapy for adolescents and young adults: origins and applications, Revue Adolescence, 76, 415-434
- Briggs, S., Maxwell, M., & Keenan, A. (2015) Working with the complexities of adolescent mental health problems: applying Time-limited Adolescent Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (TAPP), Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 29(4), pp. 314- 329