Boarding School Syndrome: The Psychological Trauma of ‘Privileged’ Children | 26th October 2019
Professor Joy Schaverien, PhD
Time 11:00 – 13:00
Price online in advance £ 20.00
Location: Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony’s College, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2 6JF, United Kingdom.
This is the first of an annual series of bpf Wessex events in which analytic consideration is given to themes of social importance.
In her book ‘Boarding School Syndrome: The Psychological Trauma of the “Privileged” Child‘ Joy Schaverien identified a cluster of symptoms and behaviours, which she classified as ‘Boarding School Syndrome’. The premise is that children sent to boarding school at an early age suffer the sudden and irrevocable loss of their primary attachments and this constitutes a significant trauma. The children are also unsafe because, in some schools, they are at the mercy of bullies and sexual predators.
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. Based on additional clinical material the talk will draw attention to the ways in which this syndrome may present in psychotherapy. It will give a sense of the depth of trauma, including sexual abuse, which is often missed when a patient mentions they attended a boarding school.
Registration, tea and coffee start at 10.30 am. Tickets are also available on the door at £22.Find out more and book a place