A treatment Manual for Short-Term Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (STPP) is launched

A treatment Manual for Short-Term Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (STPP) was launched at the Tavistock Clinic on Friday 25 November.

Short-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy (STPP) now a manualized psychoanalytic treatment for depression in adolescents aged 13-19, involves 28 sessions for the young person and up to seven for his/her parents or carers (as appropriate). It has been researched in the recently completed Impact study and the new manual establishes a practical framework for the therapeutic work. It has its origins in psychoanalytic theoretical principles, clinical experience, and empirical research suggesting that psychoanalytic treatment of this duration can be effective for a range of disorders, including depression, in children and young people. The manual focuses on the treatment of moderate to severe depression, both by detailing the psychoanalytic understanding of depression in young people and through careful consideration of clinical work with this group. It is the first treatment manual to describe psychoanalytic psychotherapy for adolescents with depression. 

The treatment approach described in this manual has been used in a multi-site randomised controlled trial in the UK, ‘Improving Mood with Psychoanalytic and Cognitive Therapies’ (IMPACT) and internationally. It is a treatment which can be used in routine clinical practice and will be of lasting interest to child psychotherapists, multi-disciplinary professionals in young people’s mental health, service providers, and researchers alike.

Four of the authors, Simon Cregeen, Nick Midgley, Maria Rhode and Margaret Rustin were present to launch the manual. They were joined by Margot Waddell and Jocelyn Catty the Tavistock series editors and Peter Fonagy, one of the Developments in Psychoanalysis editors and Heather Stewart, ACP Chair. The editors spoke about the importance of partnership in the project of producing a manual like this, which was described as being more of a “go to” book to inform the therapeutic experience. The vital contribution of psychoanalytic child psychotherapists and their patients, was also acknowledged.

The event, was truly a celebration of a collaborative endeavour and resounded with the hopefulness of providing the opportunity for recovery for those depressed adolescents who are able to access STPP as a treatment. Click here for more information and to purchase a copy