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Boarding School Syndrome: The Anatomy of a Trauma – A day with Joy Schaverien

November 16 @ 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Professional Training (CPD) for Therapists and Health Professionals

Live ONLINE-ONLY event with full interaction/participation

Boarding School Syndrome: The Anatomy of a Trauma A day with Joy Schaverien

Boarding School Syndrome: The Anatomy of a Trauma:
Insights from Joy Schaverien

Are you ready to delve into the psychological complexities of Boarding School Syndrome (BSS)? Join us for an enlightening exploration of BSS with renowned psychoanalyst Professor Joy Schaverien. Discover the ABC-D of BSS, where abandonment, bereavement, and captivity intersect, leaving lasting psychological scars on individuals.

In this immersive online event, Professor Schaverien will dissect the multifaceted traumas endured by “privileged” children in boarding schools. From disassociation to the distortion of intimate relationships, gain invaluable insights into the profound effects of early trauma.

Whether you’re a psychotherapist, healthcare professional, or simply intrigued by the intricacies of childhood trauma, this event promises a stimulating exchange of ideas and experiences. From specialized therapeutic approaches to navigating sibling relationships affected by ruptured attachments, we’ll explore it all.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to expand your understanding of BSS and learn practical ways to address it in clinical settings. Book your spot now and take advantage of early bird pricing!


Learning objectives:

  • Consideration of specialist ways of working with ex-boarders in the clinical setting.
  • Awareness of particular sensitivities of Boarding School Syndrome.
  • To draw attention to the subtle forms of abuse that take place in boarding school.  (Challenging the mantra ‘it never did me any harm’).

New material will consider:

  • Working with parents who sent their children to boarding school.
  • Working with sibling relationships affected by the associated ruptured attachments.
  • To consider ways in which there may be some form of resolution.

About Professor Joy Schaverien

Professor Joy Schaverien PhD is a Jungian psychoanalyst, a Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology. She has published extensively on Boarding School Syndrome including two books: The Dying Patient in Psychotherapy (2020) and: Boarding School Syndrome: The Psychological Trauma of the ‘Privileged’ Child (2015). Her paper ‘Revisiting Boarding School Syndrome: The Anatomy of Psychological Traumas and Sexual Abuse’, was published in the British Journal of Psychotherapy in November 2021 and an article on Siblings is to be published this summer in Attachment Journal.

Below are links to articles by Joy, commissioned for the Independent, and the Guardian letters page in response to Charles Spencer’s recent memoir, ‘A Very Private School’:

Open to psychological therapists (including trainees) from all modalities and health professionals.

CPD certificates supplied.

The vast majority of our professional CPD events are led by psychotherapists. Each delegate is responsible for self-care should material during the event trigger difficult personal feelings.

Attend online

£105 early bird before 16th October 2024

£115 from 16th October 2024

Location: Online only

Attend online

£105 early bird before 16th October 2024

£115 from 16th October 2024

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“Good space and ambiance.  Well paced good speaker”

“Organisation very good, nice venue with easy parking.  Speaker content good with helpful tips and relaxed delivery”

“Great CPD delivered clearly and great venue”

“I particularly enjoyed the range of different teaching techniques – combination of theoretical and practical.  Thank you for a very welcoming, safe and well held session and also for being brave enough to bring up difficult issues”

“Practicing techniques was helpful, and meeting other counsellors / psychotherapists and sharing ideas and experiences.  Very comfortable surroundings, excellent speaker – knowledgeable, warm and good pacing”

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