1st Edition

Time-Limited Adolescent Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
A Developmentally Focussed Psychotherapy for Young People

ISBN 9781138366664
Published May 22, 2019 by Routledge
202 Pages

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Book Description

Time-Limited Adolescent Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: A Developmentally Focussed Psychotherapy for Young People will be an indispensable clinician’s guide to the practice of Time-Limited Adolescent Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (TAPP), providing comprehensive instruction on the theory and delivery of this distinctive model of psychotherapy.

TAPP is a manualised brief psychodynamic psychotherapy of 20 sessions, for young people between, approximately, 14 and 25 years, combining psychodynamic psychotherapy with psychosocial understanding of adolescent difficulties. It places emphasis on the therapeutic engagement of young people and works with a developmental focus to effect change and growth. Divided into two parts, "Conceptual Framework" and "Practice", this book combines digestible scholarly analysis with case studies to effect a one-stop practitioner’s guide to TAPP.

Time-Limited Adolescent Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: A Developmentally Focussed Psychotherapy for Young People will be of immense value to clinicians working with young people, researchers engaging with evaluating TAPP and students of psychotherapy.

Table of Contents

Foreword 1 Introduction Part 1: Conceptual framework 2 Time-limited psychodynamic psychotherapy: history and current practice 3 Development in adolescence and young adulthood 4 Adolescent Psychotherapy Part 2: Practice 5 TAPP: Rationale and Overview 6 The Assessment and Engagement Process 7 Making the treatment offer: the developmental focus 8 Therapeutic priorities in the treatment phase 9 Working with the developmental focus in the treatment phase 10 Ending therapy 11 Change, growth and outcomes

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Stephen Briggs is Professor of Social Work at the University of East London. He is a Member of the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He was formerly a Consultant Social Worker in the Adolescent Department, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.


"In this excellent book, Professor Briggs draws on his extensive experience of working with adolescents and their families. The book outlines and illustrates with useful clinical examples, the brief psychoanalytic therapy approach that he developed and manualised whilst working at the Tavistock Clinic. In the context of the increase in mental health difficulties in adolescence, this approach provides a much needed developmentally sensitive and in-depth brief therapy model. Highly recommended to clinicians working with adolescents."

- Prof. Alessandra Lemma, Consultant, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, Psychoanalysis Unit, UCL

"This important and useful book sets time limited work with adolescents and young adults in the context of both the specifics of time limited work and the particulars of working with young adults. The author sets the work firmly in the developmental process, which characterises this stage of life. Using the TAPP model, he shows how this work can be transformative for a young adult, and at times for the therapist too. He uses many case illustrations, which help the reader to have a lively experience of the work and its value. This book is of use to clinicians working therapeutically with young adults, and for those who offer time limited work with any age group. It is also of interest to any thinker who wants to explore this part of the human condition and the challenges of becoming a person."

- Jan McGregor Hepburn, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Registrar, BPC

"It was a wonderful and thoroughly rewarding experience to immerse myself in this important book. I enjoyed learning so much about short term therapies in general and the workings of TAPP. I particularly valued the clinical examples which were easy to understand and made the theoretical discussions come alive. It is a remarkable book about a very useful intervention for young people in distress."

- Mark J. Goldblatt, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry, PT, Harvard Medical School. Clinical Associate, McLean Hospital. Faculty, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute

"Adolescent mental health is one of the pressing public health issues of our time. Yet contrary to accepted belief, young people do not present with neat diagnostic categories but complex issues best understood within a developmental and psychosocial context. With a foundation in psychoanalytic thinking and clinical work, Professor Stephen Briggs provides a rich and detailed understanding of adolescence in chapters that span development and pathology, the rationale for brief work, therapeutic priorities, growth and change and endings. The book provides a guide to using TAPP for practitioners in training and psychotherapists working with young people in all settings, including mental health services."

- Dr Monique Maxwell, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, Leicester CAMHS