Please find details of The Day’s workshop we are hosting just outside Swindon on Saturday 12th March 2016.  The full details are below including booking details at the bottom.

Boarding School Syndrome:

Broken Attachments – a Hidden Trauma

With Professor Joy Schaverien

 Saturday 12th March 2016 – 10.30am-4.30pm

Alexandra House Conference Centre, Wroughton, Swindon SN4 0QJ

£85.00 including lunch and parking

The venue is 5 minutes from J15 of the M4 and 10 minutes drive from the town centre.

 In her new book Professor Joy Schaverien identifies 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.

The day will begin with an illustrated talk, which will demonstrate how this syndrome calls for a particular psychotherapeutic approach. We will then develop thinking in relation to clinical practice working with other traumatised groups and individuals.  Consideration will also be given to parallels with children in the care of the local authority.  It is hoped that there will be lots of time for discussion of clinical work.

Professor Joy Schaverien is a Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology, in private practice in the East Midlands. She is a Training Analyst and Supervisor for the British Jungian Analytic Association, Visiting Professor for the Northern Programme for Art Psychotherapy and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Analytical Psychology.  Author of a number of books and articles on this topic including: The Dying Patient in Psychotherapy. Her latest book is Boarding School Syndrome: The Psychological Trauma of the ‘Privileged” Child published by Routledge in June 2015.


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