Revisiting Boarding School Syndrome: The Anatomy of Traumas and Sexual Abuse

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Wimbledon Guild Counselling Training

09 September 2023

Time: 10:00 - 13:00

Price: £50+ booking fees

Location: online


The event:

This talk will begin with discussion of the ABC-D of Boarding School Syndrome. This is the series of psychological traumas and sexual abuses that contribute to what, in 2011, I first classified as Boarding School Syndrome. The initials refer to the elements that constitute the multiple ordeals suffered by the children. They stand for: Abandonment, Bereavement, Captivity and Disassociation. The premise is that going to boarding school at a young age may inflict emotional injuries with lasting psychological consequences. These early traumas leave children vulnerable to sexual advances from paedophile adults, school bullies and the confusing, sexually charged, solace found in dormitories with other children. This may have the long-term effect of distorting intimate relationships and adult sexuality. Research has led to an understanding of the enduring harm engendered by these events as presented in adult psychotherapy patients. It is hoped to engender lively exchange of ideas and experiences.

The trainer:

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 of her books: The Dying Patient in Psychotherapy (2020) and her best seller: 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’, on which this talk is based, was published in the British Journal of Psychotherapy in November 2021.

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