Boarding School Syndrome: Post-Jungian and Psychoanalytic Perspectives

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Date(s) - 28/11/2015
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

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The Wellcome Collection

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Boarding School Syndrome: Post-Jungian and Psychoanalytic Perspectives

Joy Schaverien and her respondent: Francis Grier

This conference follows the publication in June this year of Joy Schaverien’s book Boarding School Syndrome: The  Psychological Trauma of the Privileged Child.

Some of the themes from the book will be explored in this half-day conference. The aim is to consider working analytically with those affected and to create a      clinically focused discourse.  The tradition of the British Establishment of sending their young children away from home to be educated may be seen as a bizarre form of conditioning with enduring      psychological and social consequences.  Children left at a young age in boarding school may suffer profound emotional deprivation.  The initial losses, of home and family, constitute a significant but unseen bereavement.  For some, bullying and abuse by staff or older children may compound the distress and terror of abandonment. These multiple wounds may produce a form of dissociative amnesia where the true self retracts.

As adults ex-boarders may present in the consulting room as successful in professional life and with a veneer of social ease.  The psychotherapist needs to be alert and proactive in recognising the clinical presentation.  Clients may be         unaware that their depression or difficulties with intimate relationships follow from this early emotional trauma.  It is hoped to create space for reflection and to stimulate lively discussion.

Joy Schaverien, PhD, is a Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology, in private practice in the East Midlands. Visiting Professor for the Northern           Programme for Art Psychotherapy, she is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Analytical Psychology.  Her many books and articles include The Dying Patient in Psychotherapy (a single case study of an ex-boarder) and Boarding School Syndrome published by Routledge in June 2015.

Francis Grier is a Training Analyst and Supervisor of the British Psychoanalytical Society and a Member of the Society of Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists. He is the editor of several books and papers.  His paper ‘La Traviata and Oedipus’ was published in the International Journal of Psychoanalysis in April 2015.  He has      contributed chapters entitled ‘The hidden traumas of the young boarding school child as seen through the lens of adult couple therapy’ for Enduring Trauma through the Life-Cycle.

Chair: Catherine Crowther is a Training Analyst of the SAP in private practice in London. She has worked previously in child and adolescent mental health services and is currently involved in supervision and training in Eastern Europe. Besides    articles in the Journal of Analytical Psychology and chapters in books, her most  recent publication is as co-editor of From Tradition to Innovation: Jungian Analysts Working in Different Cultural Settings (Spring Journal Books 2015).

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