Working with women boarding school survivors
What happens to a girl when they are sent to boarding school? What is the psychological impact of growing up without parents in a patriarchal institution? A boarding school education is considered by many to be a privilege – how does this impact the girl and the adult woman in our consulting room? How does it impact us as the therapist?
Karen Macmillan and Sara Warner are an ex boarder, non boarder team of therapists who specialise in working with this client group. One of our primary motivations for offering this training is to address the lack of material on the specific experience of women.
We are passionate about sharing our knowledge and experience of working with these clients because the trauma experienced by them, and those they are in a relationship with, is often missed, and misunderstood. We are also motivated by the fact that the impact of a boarding school education goes beyond ex boarders themselves. It impacts our society and siblings, partners and children of those who have boarded.
We will cover:
- A theoretical framework for understanding the underlying trauma.
- The particular experience of being a female ex boarder - being female in a masculine world.
- An understanding of the therapeutic tasks.
- Practical ways of working with this client group, including an awareness of therapeutic challenges.
Our intention is to create a collaborative and supportive learning environment. We will be using bodywork and breakout rooms and there will be plenty of time for questions and answers. We will be following this up with a workshop focusing on men ex boarders in the autumn.
Who it's for?
Trainee and qualified counsellors/therapists who have an interest in this client material. It will not be not suitable for boarding school survivors who are not trainee or qualified therapists. Ex boarder and non boarder therapists are equally welcome.
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