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Working with Women Boarding School Survivors:  A Workshop for Therapists

Working with Women Boarding School Survivors: A Workshop for Therapists

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A workshop for therapists interested in working with boarding school survivors, women and trauma (Online)

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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 also passionate about sharing our knowledge and experience of working with these clients because the trauma experienced by them, and those they are in 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.

    Slides: We will send you the Powerpoint slides after the workshop.

    Pricing: Early bird (until 30th April) £65. Regular price £80.

    Zoom link: The Zoom link will be sent shortly before the event

    About the trainers:

    Sara Warner (she/her) is an experienced humanistic integrative therapist who specialises in working with ex boarders. She has completed Nick Duffell’s The Unmaking of Them training and is a member of the womens’ workshops team run by www.boardingschoolsurvivors.co.uk. She has also been a group facilitator, and a panel member at conferences organised by Boarding School Survivors Support in 2019 and 2021, and assisted Nick Duffel on his Privileged Abandonment training in 2020. As a former yoga teacher she integrates body work in her practice and has a particular interest in the psychological impact of patriarchal values on men and women, and the intergenerational impact of boarding. She did not attend boarding school but her parents did. https://counsellinginlewes.com/

    Karen Macmillan (she/her) is a Transactional Analysis counsellor who specialises in working with ex boarders in Hove and online. She completed Nick Duffell's training in working with ex-boarders and continues to reflect on her own experience of boarding. She went to an all girls boarding school in the 1970's from the age of 11 to18 . She has run workshops for counsellors on working with ex boarders in a variety of settings and is committed to raising awareness of the often hidden trauma that may be present in the counselling room and beyond. https://www.counselling-hove.com/

    Help4ExBoarders is a collaboration between Sara and Karen, who bring their experience of working with clients and their personal histories into their exploration, discussion and development of theory and practice in working with this client group.

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