ACP Scientific Meetings

About the event

The ACP’s annual conference feedback is always overwhelmingly positive and 2017’s event was no exception.

The challenge for the programme planning group always centres around how to create sufficient space for delegates to process and discuss the interesting and thoughtful papers which are brought forward each year. 
To meet this challenge, and to provide an opportunity for those interested in hearing some of the papers again, or for those who were not able to attend the first time round, the programme planning group will be hosting a programme of scientific meetings and seminars for members this year. 
The initial two events of the series have been scheduled and you can find further information and how to book your place for the first one below. 

9 February 2018
CAN Mezzanine, London
Tickets: £20 (Full Members) / £10 (Trainees)

Against the current: A young man’s struggle to discover himself and his place in the world

Speaker: Lee Snowden

In the paper I would like to talk about my work with Sean, a young boy in kinship care who is at the beginning of adolescence.  I will look closely at his flitting identifications between a gang leader and a boy who wanted to be the first in his family to attend university. Through case material I will discuss Sean’s ever developing internal world. I will explore how his identity was moulded by the interplay between his internal world and an external gang, considering the impact of group dynamics and the shift between these positions. 
I will talk about how he moved into a more verbal means of communication, as he tried to make sense of his complicated family history, his life in kinship care, the dynamics of his peer group, and the effects this all had on his identity.
I will discuss the importance of a link with the wider system in regards to contact with the school, the necessity of parent work and the need for the case to also be held in the mind of a multi-disciplinary team, which at times seemed to take on characters of his internal world.  As this was a kinship care case I will explore what happened when a birthparent was suddenly present again and Sean’s life was disturbed by this contact. 
I would like to include an idea that the concrete contact with the external gangs and a troubled parent had a powerful impact on his internal world, his therapy and on his journey towards figuring out who he was going to be.
Lee Snowden is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist in training, working in the Adolescent and Young Adult Service and in the Fostering Adoption and Kinship Care Team at the Tavistock Clinic.  In these posts he is developing an interest in children on the borderline of diagnosis which he is writing his research proposal on. He has also helped start an adolescent therapy group in the Adolescent department at the Tavistock.

Previously Lee trained as a saxophonist studying in Vienna before doing a degree at Trinity College of Music in London.  Lee then worked as a musician, a music teacher before working as a teaching assistant in an autism provision unit as well as in a mainstream primary school.
He briefly did some volunteer work for a charity that worked with refugees who were victims of torture.  Just before he started the training he worked for three years in Ellern Mede, a specialist inpatient eating disorders unit.

February 9th, 2018 6:00 PM   through   8:35 PM
Conference Room A
CAN Mezzanine, 32-36 Loman Street
London, SE1 0EH
United Kingdom
Full Members £ 20.00
Trainees £ 10.00