For the child, the moment of leaving home for boarding school is the beginning of an episode of adaption. Theirs is a new world suddenly deprived of the familiar comforts of family and privacy. For many, it becomes a place of disassociation, self-soothing and powerlessness with a necessity to manage feelings alone and in secrecy. These feelings are often acted out elsewhere and sometimes as other dependencies substituting for the abrupt loss of dependency on primary caregivers. This presentation seeks to stimulate thought about this group’s particular difficulties and to offer ideas for the treatment of this complex trauma.

Learning objectives:

1. Provide new knowledge about a particular complex trauma (Boarding School Syndrome).
2. Highlight the interaction of trauma with addictive behaviour.
3. suggests treatment interventions to enhance performance.

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