Working with the complexities of adolescent mental health problems: applying Time‐limited Adolescent Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (TAPP)

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Briggs, S., Maxwell, Monique and Keenan, Amanda 2015. Working with the complexities of adolescent mental health problems: applying Time‐limited Adolescent Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (TAPP). Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. 29 (4), pp. 314-329.
AuthorsBriggs, S., Maxwell, Monique and Keenan, Amanda
Abstract

This article discusses the application in a CAMHS setting of a distinctive
intervention for adolescent mental health difficulties, Time‐limited Adolescent
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (TAPP). TAPP has been developed specifically for
working with adolescents and the characteristic developmental and psychosocial
complexities they present to mental health services. It is widely recognised that
supporting the developmental process in adolescence is central to therapeutic
interventions and the therapeutic aim of TAPP is to enable recovery of the
capacity to meet developmental challenges. The key factors of TAPP are
described, including the formulation and working with a developmental focus,
the therapeutic stance, working with transference and counter‐transference,
working with time limits, and the emphasis on engagement of adolescents in
therapy in TAPP. The experiences of introducing and developing TAPP in the
CAMHS service are discussed with two brief and one extended case examples
and this leads to a discussion of the kinds of outcomes achieved. It is concluded
that TAPP is a key and relevant intervention for adolescents in complex and
vulnerable situations; further work will be undertaken to continue its
application in these settings and to formally assess outcomes.

JournalPsychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Journal citation29 (4), pp. 314-329
ISSN0266-8734
Year2015
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscript
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02668734.2015.1086414
Publication dates
Print20 Oct 2015
Publication process dates
Deposited15 Sep 2015
Accepted05 Aug 2015
Copyright informationThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy on 20.10.15, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02668734.2015.1086414
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