Training Opportunities

Specialist training for counsellors and psychotherapists

Working therapeutically with former boarders/boarding school survivors can be particularly demanding.

As a start, we recommend you check out the Resources section of our website, Particularly the books about boarding. Therapists might find the book, Trauma, Abandonment and Privilege; A guide to therapeutic work with boarding school survivors particularly helpful. The documentary, The Making of Them, can help set the scene between the child boarder and the adult client.

Boarding School Survivors run specialist post-graduate diploma training for qualified counsellors and psychotherapists. The training courses are not available every year, so please contact them for more information or to express your interest.

The training consists of four modules taken part time over a year. All modules involve two days (non-residential) in north London. The training team includes Nick Duffell, Helena Løvendal and Professor Joy Schaverien.

Topics covered include:

  • What is different about working with boarding school survivors
  • The Strategic Survival Personality
  • Boarding school survivors’ Inner Images
  • From Survival to Living
  • Boarding school: Attachment, Separation & Loss
  • Using transference and counter-transference with boarding school survivors
  • Single gender environments
  • The Divided Self: Denial, repression and splitting.
  • The ‘geography’ of the psyche and topographic interventions.
  • Working with sexual abuse, bullying and scapegoating
  • Puberty and sexuality at boarding school.

As well as the teaching modules, there will be three inter-month supervision/tutorial small group meetings, and one post-training self/peer/tutor assessment meeting.

For those who graduate from this training year, there is a second Advanced Year, which covers groupwork with boarding school survivors.