Conference on adolescence and depression


Friday 13th March 09:45 to 16:00


HDS Training Suite, Glasgow 

Who's it for?

Individuals who work in the following areas:

  • Social work, education and third sector organisations working with troubled teenagers and their families.
  • Anyone who is interested in learning more about depression and how and why it appears in adolescents.
  • It would also be of interest to professionals working with adults with depression, as a significant number of adults with depression experience this from adolescence.

Speakers include Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists from the NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (GGC) Child Psychotherapy team.


This one-day conference will provide a psychoanalytic overview of adolescence and depression and give an insight into how we work with adolescents and their parents and carers. Depression is one of the most common reasons for referral to mental health services, with statistics as high as one in four teenage girls reporting symptoms of depression, with boys not far behind.


Tea/coffee and welcome


A Psychoanalytic Perspective On Depression (Andrew Dawson)

This presentation discusses the psychoanalytic method and research culture in relation to depression.  From a contemporary clinical starting point, the presentation explores the history of depression from a psychoanalytic perspective before exploring the key elements of a psychoanalytic formulation in clinical cases of depression.  Following this, using selected images and literature, participants are invited to consider together the symbolism and metaphors which help us to engage with and think about depression.


Break for tea/coffee


Clinical case study (Fiona McIntosh)


Break for lunch (will be provided—please advise of any special dietary requirements in the booking form)


Short-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy (STPP): an evidence-based intervention for working with adolescents with depression (Nicole Brodie and Kasia Zych)


Clinical case study (Gillian Sloan Donachy)


Parallel parent work (Lynne Conway)


Plenary and close

  • £95 per person
  • £80 per person for Friends of HDS and external students
  • £50 per person for current HDS students
About the presenters

Speakers include Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists from the NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (GGC) Child Psychotherapy team. 

The Psychotherapy Team provides a service to all eight CAMHS teams in NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, offering a range of psychoanalytic interventions, including individual psychotherapy (intensive and non-intensive), child-parent psychotherapy, work with adolescents and families using a mentalising model, as well as consultation and working with the network around a child and their family. The psychotherapy service offers access to a psychoanalytic way of thinking in order to provide added value to the broader work of CAMHS. 

Current line-up: Andrew Dawson, Lynne Conway, Gillian Sloan Donachy, Fiona McIntosh, Nicole Brodie and Kasia Zych, who will describe case studies of long- and short-term interventions with adolescents and their parents/carers.

Refund Policy
  • A cancellation can be made up to 4 weeks before the event and a full refund will be issued. 
  • After this date, a refund cannot be processed, unless under exceptional circumstances.
  • No refund will be issued for non-attendance.
  • We can accept substitute delegates at any time, although sufficient notice should be given where possible.

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