Taught course

Working with Adolescents: A Psychoanalytic Observational Approach (M33)

Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust · Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to: have at least one year full-time equivalent experience (paid or voluntary) directly involved with adolescents in a professional/work role; have an interest in learning about emotional development, observation and psychoanalytic thinking; currently involved in direct work with adolescents, either paid or as a recognised volunteer, for a minimum one to two days per week, and be committed to continuing to work with adolescents throughout the course; either have a first degree, or the equivalent, or be able to demonstrate that they can meet the academic demands of the course; provide two references, one from an employer who can give an account of the candidate’s work with adolescents.

Months of entry


Course content

This course, designed and delivered by experienced child psychotherapists, is a unique programme for people in a range of professions working with adolescents. It helps students to develop a highly specialised capacity to work therapeutically within their existing role using an applied psychoanalytic and observational framework. Working with adolescents can be a source of pride, passion, concern and anxiety - and very often the young people who raise the most anxiety are those least likely to seek formal psychological help.

This course, through helping students to develop their observational, self-reflective, and relational capacities, is aimed at helping workers provide therapeutic benefit to the adolescents with whom they have relationships. The additional focus throughout the course on the complexity of working within teams and organisations provides a vital layer of further reflection that can help students to manage better in the turbulent systems that can operate around adolescents.

This course attracts students from many different backgrounds, including:

  • teachers;
  • youth workers;
  • probation workers;
  • social workers;
  • psychologists;
  • psychiatrists;
  • residential care professionals;
  • leaning mentors;
  • Secondary school staff;
  • counsellors.

Join us at a course specific Open Evening on the 12th May 2016 from 6.15pm- 7.30pm To register your place, please complete our online booking form.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Please see information on fees and funding for Tavistock and Portman students on our website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months

Course contact details

Rosa Akerman
+44 (0)20 8938 2213 / 2214