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Dawn Grundy MA, MBACP


Professionally qualified

  • MA Clinical Counselling, University of Chester.
  • BA (Hons), Nottingham Trent University.
  • Introduction to HE Counselling Level 3 – CCSW
  • Introduction to Counselling Level 2 – CCSW
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Additional training

Counselling Online – a coronavirus primer (Open University & BACP training)

  • Working with Suicide in Private Practice
  • Making Room for Ambivalence in Motherhood
  •              Child sexual abuse : Hope for Healing

Boarding School Syndrome Specific Training and Research Publication

​Dawn Grundy (2021) An Exploration of the Trauma of Attending Boys Boarding School and its Impact on Adult Life, University of Chester: MA dissertation

Normalised Neglect & Privileged Abandonment – Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training

Privilege and Abandonment  – CPD training

Introduction to Working with Boarding School Survivors – CPD training

Working with women boarding school survivors – A workshop for therapists – CPD training

  • Unmaking of Them : Boarding School Survivors Diploma Course (Specialist training for therapists who work with adults impacted by their boarding school experience.)

Boarding School support organisations

Boarding School Survivors: (www.boardingschoolsurvivors.co.uk) provides therapy for ex-boarders and specialist training for therapists. Boarding School Survivors also has a support group accessed via Facebook.

Boarding Recovery: Healing the Wounds (www.boardingrecovery.com) is a network of therapists with expertise in working with ex-boarders.

Boarding Concern: (www.boardingconcern.org.uk) is a support network and aims to educate the public about the risks of boarding.

Boarding School Action: (http://boardingschoolaction.wordpress.com) is an organisation that seeks to challenge the tradition of boarding schools in Britain.

* Details of support organisations noted from – Duffell & Basset, Trauma, Abandonment and Privilege, 2016

 Reference List – Books/ Articles & Documentaries

Basset, T. (2018). Reflections of a Survivor. Self and Society, Vol. 46, No. 1, pp. 75-77.

Duffell, N. (2000). The Making of Them. The British Attitude to Children and the Boarding School System. London: Lone Arrow Press.

Duffell, N. (2014a). Wounded Leaders. Therapy Today, July, Vol 25, Issue 6.

Duffell, N. (2014b). Wounded Leaders: British Elitism and the Entitlement Illusion. London: Lone Arrow Press.

Duffell, N. (2020, August 17). #164 Surviving Boarding School: The trauma at the core of the British & Commonwealth Pysche. (B. Edwards, Interviewer)

Duffell, N., & Basset, T. (2016). Trauma, Abandonment and Privilege. London & New York: Routledge.

Gottlieb, M. (2005). Working with Gay Boarding School Survivors’ . Self and Society, 33, 3, p 16-23.

Green, F., & Kynaston, D. (2019). Engines of Privilege; Britain’s Private School Problem. London, Oxford, New York, New Delhi, Sydney: Bloomsbury.

Grier, F. (2013). The hidden traumas of the young boarding school child as seen through the lens of adult couple therapy. In E. McGinley, & A. Varchevker, Enduring Trauma Through the Life Cycle (pp. 147-170). Karnac Books.

Jack, C. (2020). Recovering Boarding School Trauma Narratives. London & New York: Routledge.

Jack, C. T., & Devereux, L. (2019). Memory objects and boarding school trauma. History of Education Review, Vol 48, No. 2, pp. 214-226.

Latham, S. D., & Ferdows, R. M. (2018). The Boarding School Girls: Developmental and Cultural Narratives. London & New York: Routledge.

Laughton M, Paech-Ujejski, A & Patterson, M (Ed’s), Men’s Accounts of Boarding School. Sent Away. London & New York: Routledge.

Lewis, D. (2014, November 30). Desert Island Discs. (BBC Radio 4, Performer)

Luke, C. (Director). (1994). Forty Minutes, ‘The Making of Them’ BBC TV [Motion Picture]. Retrieved from www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uRr77vju8U.

Maxtone Graham, Y. (2016). Terms & Conditions: Life in Girls’ Boarding Schools 1939-1979. London: Abacus.

Okely, J. (1996). Own or Other Culture. London & New York: Routledge.

Origin. Join the Family. (2020, Feb 7). What’s Life Like in a Private British Boarding School? | Leaving Home at 8 Years Old. Retrieved from youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6vfjWBT45o

Partridge, S. (2007). Trauma at the Threshold: An Eight-Year-Old Goes to Boarding School. New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychanalysis, Vol. 3, November, 310-312.

Renton, A. (2014, May 4). Abuse in Britain’s boarding schools: why I decided to confront my demons. The Guardian Newspaper.

Renton, A. (2018). Stiff Upper Lip. Secrets, Crimes and the Schooling of a Ruling Class. Croydon: Weidenfeld & Nicholson.

Schaverein, J. (2004). Boarding school: the trauma of the ‘privileged’ child. Journal of Analytical Psychology, 683-705.

Schaverein, J. (2011, March 28). Boarding School Syndrome: Broken Attachments a Hidden Trauma. Retrieved from Wiley Online Library: https://onlinelibrarywiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1752-0118’2011.01229.x

Schaverein, J. (2015). Boarding School Syndrome. London & New York: Routledge.

Schaverein, J. (2015). Boarding School Syndrome: The psychological trauma of the ‘privileged’ child. London & New York: Routledge.

Simpson, N. (Ed) (2019). Finding Our Way Home: Women’s Accounts of Being Sent to Boarding School. London & New York: Routledge.

Stibbe, M. (2016). Home at Last: Freedom from Boarding School Pain. London: Malcolm Down.

Verkaik, R. (2018). Posh Boys; How English Public Schools Ruin Britain. London: Oneworld.