Introduction to Working with Boarding School Survivors

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 share our knowledge and experience of working with ex boarder clients because the trauma experienced by them, and those they are in relationship with, is often missed, and misunderstood.

Many therapists have had the experience of working with an ex boarder client, and the psychological impact of a boarding school education goes beyond ex boarders themselves. It impacts our society, and the siblings, partners, and children of those who have boarded.


Sara headshotSara 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 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 Duffell 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.


Karen headshotKaren 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 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.

Event Information

Event Date 24-09-2022 10:00 am
Event End Date 24-09-2022 1:00 pm
Individual Price £35.00
Speaker Karen Macmillan & Sara Warner
Number Hours 3 CPD hours
Certificated? CPD
Location Community Base (COVID Permitting)