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Introduction to Working with Boarding School Survivors

May 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


What happens to a child or young person when they are sent to boarding school? What is the psychological impact of growing up without parents in an institution? A boarding school education is considered by many to be a privilege – how does this impact the child and the adult in our consulting room? How does it impact us as the therapist?

Karen Macmillan and Sara Warner are an ex boarder, non boarder team of therapists who specialise in working with this client group. One of our primary motivations for offering this training is to share our knowledge and experience of working with ex boarder clients because the trauma experienced by them, and those they are in relationship with, is often missed, and misunderstood.

We are also aware that most therapists have had the experience of working with an ex boarder client, and that the psychological impact of a boarding school education goes beyond ex boarders themselves. It impacts our society, and the siblings, partners, and children of those who have boarded.

In this introductory workshop we will offer:

A theoretical framework for thinking about the psychological impact of this trauma
A conceptual framework for understanding the therapeutic tasks
Some ideas about how to work with this client group which can be adapted to your own modality
We are following this up with an online workshop specifically about the experience of women ex boarders on 25th June https://help4exboaderswomen.eventbrite.co.uk and plan to follow this up with a workshop specifically focused on working with male ex boarders in the Autumn.

This workshop will be hosted on the Zoom meeting platform where we will use our camera and microphones to interact with each other as a group.

To support practitioners in this time of extraordinary circumstances we are offering access to this group for a self-select fee.

The self-select fee is a radical inclusion policy to open learning for all colleagues. The guide price for this event is £20.00, however, we appreciate that income varies greatly in different locations and circumstances. Please contribute what you can to help us maintain inclusive professional training.


Karen Macmillan
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