ACP Annual Conference 2022


The North East Regional Organising Group are looking forward to welcoming you to the online 2022 ACP Annual Conference on the 24 & 25 June. We would like to encourage all members, or groups of members, to consider contributing to the conference.

The theme is The Search for Identity and proposals are invited for presentations that address this theme in creative and imaginative ways.

A grounded sense of locality and rootedness extends to our formation of the 2022 Conference Organising Group, members of which all come from, live or work in the North East of the UK.

The ongoing nature of the pandemic has meant that we have made the decision to hold the conference online again in 2022.

The annual coming together of the profession at our conference, which we hold in high regard, will not be physically possible but we will take our learning from last year’s event and ensure that time and consideration is given to the programme format to allow for reflection, discussion, and a sense of being together.

Conference Organising Group: Katy Hole, Jillian MacKenzie(co-leads), Katie Lewis, Deborah Loxton, Rita Maroun, Lucia Mathes, Louise O’Higgins, Kate Purdy, Bridget Scott, Leanne Stelmaszczyk


About the 2022 Theme

Identity is an attempt to make us feel whole and is formed through the relationship between our internal world and our parents/carers; our wider families; our peers; our communities.

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.

In wider society ideas of identity appear to be in flux and contested. As a profession, what is our understanding of the ever-changing dynamics of identity and identity politics? How do these dynamics impact on our work as Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists?

We invite members to interpret and explore the themes in original and creative ways. As a starting point, the following are some of the themes, ideas, or questions which members might want to consider:

  • Belonging (such as the concept of the need for ‘a local habitation and a home’ psychically and emotionally speaking)
  • The early years and the development of identity
  • The adolescent in search of identity
  • What impact does social change have on identity?
  • Communities, the interplay between part identities, and individual meaning of identity and where we find ourselves.
  • How do race, sexuality, faith play a part in forming and understanding identity?
  • How do we think about difference?
  • How does the hyper-connected world impact on identity or the forming of identity?
  • What are the drivers for gender politics?
  • Multiple or shifting identities – multiple families and countries in mind (e.g. the experiences of migration, cared for children)
  • What is our professional identity as child psychotherapists?

Research will continue to play an important role in our professional development and we are thinking about ways that we can bring research into the conference creatively – perhaps as a poster session or showcase for all those conducting research, including trainees undertaking their doctoral research. Research presentations might span both days. If you would like to explore this option with us, let Leanne Stelmaszczyk know here

Contemporary psychotherapy practice is embedded within public mental health provision, to contextualise our practice in the modern world, we need to ensure that our conference is connected to it.

Multidisciplinary working is also part of our everyday work. How do we maintain our identity as child psychotherapists when we work clinically alongside others? We Members may want  to bring this into their thinking when considering proposals. We also welcome proposals for presentations/papers with other disciplines. 


Reasons to get Involved

We hope that you will wish to join us in creating a thought provoking, lively and interesting conference. We welcome initial conversations with you if you have an idea linked to the theme of ‘The Search for Identity’ and would work alongside you to develop this. We also hope to hear from a range of different members of the ACP who can offer us another perspective on this ever-present challenge.


Find out How to submit a proposal here