ACP Annual Conference 2022


Conference Chairs:

The Conference Chairs will be announced shortly.

Confirmed Speakers:

Rachel Acheson, Teresa Bailey, Anna Cohen, David Cornelius, Peter Elfer, Verity Emanuel, Joan Herrmann, Sheila Melzak, Victoria Nicolodi, Emily Nightingale, Maria Papadima, Isobel Pick, Margaret Rustin, Mary Short, Jane Turner, Nikolaos Tzikas, Ferelyth Watt.

Conference Organising Group:

Katy Hole, Jillian MacKenzie (co-leads), Marie Bradley, Katie Lewis, Deborah Loxton, Rita Maroun, Lucia Mathes, Kate Purdy, Bridget Scott, and Leanne Stelmaszczyk.


About the Conference:

We are delighted, on behalf of the North East ACP Regional Group, to invite you to join us for this year’s online ACP Annual Conference, which takes as its theme ‘The Search for Identity’.

Identity is an ongoing process, formed through the relationship between our internal world and our parents/carers; our wider families; our peers; our communities; and the social, political and economic context in which we live. It is how we come to see and understand ourselves, in relation to others.

Psychoanalytic theory is well placed in offering an understanding of how our identity develops, as well as the effect that disruptions, changes, and disturbances can have upon individuals and groups.

Ideas about identity are a live and ever-evolving topic, contested, in flux, part of what can bring us together and drive us apart.

In this year’s conference we bring together a range of thinking from across the profession about the development of identity and the central aspects of it as they relate to our clinical work, supervision, consultation, and ourselves as Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists.

The conference will focus on nine papers, presentations, workshops, and panels across two half-days. There will be time for reflection and discussion woven in, to help facilitate the ‘coming together’ that is so often held in high regard and allow members to connect in smaller groups.

We made the decision to hold the conference online again this year and hope this will give all members the opportunity to join in the annual conference. We have designed a programme which includes additional social and interactive opportunities outside of the main presentations and reflective spaces, which members can dip in and out of around the day.

We hope that you will join us at this year’s event and be involved in this opportunity to gather and hear engaging and thoughtful accounts of clinical work and be part of topical discussions and debates.

Conference running times:

Friday, 24 June 2022 from 13:00-19:00 - online

Saturday, 25 June 2022 from 13:00-18:00 - online

Download the programme here

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