Brighton Therapy Partnership|Boarding School Syndrome|23rd April 2016
In her recently published and already much acclaimed book Professor Schaverien has identified a cluster of symptoms and behaviours, which she proposes be classified as ‘Boarding School Syndrome’.
Children sent to boarding school at an early age suffer the sudden and irrevocable loss of their primary attachments; for many this constitutes a significant trauma. Bullying and sexual abuse may follow, rendering new attachment figures unsafe. To adapt to the system, a defensive and protective encapsulation of the self may be acquired; the true identity of the person then remains hidden. This pattern may continue into adult life, distorting intimate relationships. In psychotherapy the transference dynamics may replay the hidden childhood trauma of repeated losses.
This one-day event will raise points based on case material from the book. Illustrated with pictures made in analysis it will give a sense of the depth of trauma that is often missed when a client mentions they attended a boarding school. There will also be time for reflection on thoughts raised by this.
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