Boarding School Syndrome

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Boarding School Syndrome

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Board School Syndrome. Working with the Casualties of Privilege, Culture and Geography

CPD workshop online via Zoom


Bob Hunter

Who is it aimed at?

Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Coaches & Educators

Course Outline

Working with Ex-Boarding School pupils can present unique challenges in the therapy room. This workshop blends TA with the work of Nick Duffell and Joy Schaverian to increase attendees’ awareness of the issues involved. We will also explore techniques to help these clients understand how their lives have been shaped by their childhood experiences.


Understand the cultural and psychological processes that lie behind the UK’s Boarding School culture.

Increase awareness of the transgenerational effects of Boarding School attendance. Use TA models to develop ways of supporting change suited to this client group. Improve attendees ability to form therapeutic relationships with ex-Boarding School pupils who often have difficulty trusting others.

Learning Outcomes

  • Be able to describe using TA models the likely processes inherent in the Boarding School experience
  • Be aware of the transgenerational nature of the process to assess whether this issue is relevant to the client and what this might mean for the Contracting process
  • Have an awareness of 'Boarding School Syndrome' as described by Duffel & Schaverian
  • Increase ability to establish & maintain a therapeutic relationship with this client group with the objective of supporting change in the client

Course Structure

Presentation including video, Breakout groups, Discussion, Q&A

Facilitator's Biography

Bob Hunter is a TA therapist in Private Practice. He specialises in Neurodiverse clients and Ex-Boarding School Pupils.

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Organiser Physis Scotland

Organiser of Boarding School Syndrome

‘Stretching boundaries, promoting growth and transformation’

Physis Scotland provide a comprehensive, stimulating and experiential counselling and psychotherapy training in Transactional Analysis, for trainees enrolling on TA 101s to COSCA accredited Diploma level and beyond to becoming a Certified Transactional Analyst registered with the UKCP.

We provide a safe environment and a high-quality learning experience where TA trainees, at all levels, can flourish and develop personally and professionally.

We also offer an exciting suite of CPD programmes to support the TA Community in Scotland and often further afield as well.

Physis Scotland can also provide bespoke consultancy and educational programmes for organisations and schools.

Visit our website for full details on all our courses.


Physis Scotland is the dynamic partnership of Fiona Firman and Fiona Cook and collaborate with a network of experienced trainers who also deliver part of the programme.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Going Online

At Physis Scotland we take the health of our trainees, TA community, friends and colleagues from other modalities and our excellent team as paramount.  In these unprecedented times we are delighted to continue to offer a full training programme – delivered to you online.  We will be delivering our core training programmes using the excellent online platform Zoom, allowing you to keep up with your training needs, in the comfort and safety of your own home.

We are currently in the process of looking at delivering our CPD programme online using the excellent online platform Zoom. We will be in contact shortly with those who have registered onto a CPD course with more information.

As soon as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has resolved and the Government allows us to get up close again, we will be welcoming you back in person to our training spaces in Edinburgh.

Stay safe and healthy. 

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