Boarding School Survivors offers a Post-Graduate Diploma in Specialist Psychotherapy with former boarders this year

Boarding School Survivors runs another The Un-making of Them, their
Post-Graduate Diploma in Specialist Psychotherapy with former boarders, starting 20 May 2017.

You can find full details about the dates, costs and venue on their website at Boarding School Survivors. They ask for a deposit of £200 to reserve a place.

Please email Lyn Jones, their Administrator, so she can hold you a place pending acceptance.

Save the Date: Saturday, 9 September 2017


University of Brighton @ Falmer – Saturday, 9 September 2017

A conference for psychotherapists, counsellors, mental health workers, boarding school survivors and other interested people.

Conference overall aims are to:

  • Present key aspects of what has been published about the psychological and other effects of boarding.
  • Explore helpful therapeutic approaches for clients who are former boarders.
  • Consider current research and a possible agenda for future research
  • Enable networking amongst those interested in this important topic

More details including speakers here in early 2017. (Please note: this event is being organised independently of Boarding Concern.)

Boarding Concern at the Independent Schools Show 2016

No, we didn’t have a stand but we have been to this year’s event in London.

We went to hear what the boarding industry had to say. We also spoke with parents to hear their thoughts on boarding.

We heard the usual platitudes about “modern” boarding. How boarding has changed from what “we” went through. “Modern” boarders tell us it hasn’t changed, boarding is still boarding. Trauma, separation, abandonment and bereavement of homesickness are still the same. Some things never change. And boarders are not sick of home. It is boarding school that makes them sick. They are schoolsick.

We attended this talk in the Education Theatre. We will post a write-up shortly. But we never did find out who these “experts” are who claim boarding “can strengthen the family unit“…



Can I Start Again Please

Can I Start Again Please

Sue MacLaine Company
6 – 18 Jun | 8pm

Total Theatre Award Winner 2015
‘Challenging, devastating and devastatingly good’ ★★★★ The Guardian

Coming to Battersea Arts Centre following critical acclaim at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015, this meditative and moving performance investigates childhood trauma and, ultimately, how we might find techniques to cope.

The show examines the power of language, as well as its failings. Why does language conceal as much as it reveals? Parallel narratives told in English and British Sign Language intersect, diverge and build to create a mesmerising mix of verbal, visual and physical performance.

★★★★ The Times

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Pesso Boyden workshop in London on 4 June 2016

Marcus Gottlieb is running a Pesso Boyden workshop in Notting Hill, London on Saturday, 4 June 2016 along marcus-gottliebwith his colleague Ana María Ruiz Sancho.

They are excited about helping people discover Pesso Boyden, which is a powerful, interactive process that creates new body-based memories to heal emotional deficits of the past.

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Joy Schaverien to lecture in Brighton on 23 April 2016

Brighton Therapy Partnership (BTP) will be hosting Professor Joy Schaverien for a presentation on Boarding School Syndrome in Brighton on Saturday, 23 April 2016.

Joy-Photo-2BTP regularly hosts training and CPD events in Brighton, with the majority of delegates travelling from London, Surrey, Hampshire and Kent, as well as the two Sussex counties surrounding Brighton itself, and often further afield. We hope this will be a popular day and want to publicise it as widely as possible.

There is an early bird rate for Joy’s event that ends on 26th March, so there is still time interested people to get a ticket at a cheaper price. Bookings can be made via the BTP website or via Lucy on

This is the event page.

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