Our conference in central London was on Saturday, 30 November 2019.

Our focus for the day was on recovery from the trauma of boarding school and how that recovery can be achieved and release us, in many different ways, within our lives.

The day included talks from specialist speakers in the morning. The afternoon included two short presentations before we broke-out and chose to take part in one of three facilitated sessions.

It was a very fulfilling day with understanding and support for all, no matter where they were in relation to their boarding school experience: from those dealing with raw trauma to those who have come a long way in their recovery.


Professor Joy Schaverien spoke on the topic of: “The Creation of Boarding School Syndrome: Girls and Boys, how does the trauma differ?”

In the November 2016 edition of Therapy Today, Joy examines the less often explored impact on women of being sent away to boarding school at an early age.

PDF download (140kb, 4 pages)


Dr Felicity de Zulueta, Emeritus Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy, spoke about early attachment and traumaPDF download (548KB, 8 pages)


Darrel Hunneybell and Keith Pickstock’s opening and closing summaries from our Road to Recovery session. Darrel Hunneybell’s introduction to the work of the Boarding Recovery network of counsellors and psychotherapists. PDF download (114KB, 2 pages)
Keith Pickstock’s conference summary from the Roads to Recovery session. PDF download (42KB, 2 pages)


Nicola Miller addressed issues arising for women who attended boarding schools. PDF download (34KB, 3 pages)
Darrel Hunnybell addressed issues for men who attended boarding schools. PDF download (114KB, 6 pages)
Nick Duffell spoke about sexuality and boarding culture. PDF download (100KB, 6 pages)


Nick Duffell’s address to our 2008 Conference. PDF download (65KB, 4 pages)

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