UWE awards honorary degree to Sally Box

Issue date: 20 November 2008


University of the West of England The University of the West of England will award the Honorary Degree of Master of Letters to Sally Box in recognition of her substantial contribution to psychoanalytical studies and practice through the Bridge Foundation, which is consistent with the University's own mission of service to the community and commitment to knowledge exchange, research and diversity.

The Honorary Degree will be conferred at the Awards Ceremony of the Faculty of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences on Monday 24 November at 10.30 at Bristol Cathedral.

Sally Jenifer Box was born in Bristol and educated at St Katherine's School in Somerset and Bedford College, London, where she studied Sociology. She then attended the New School for Social Research, now known as New School University, in New York, where she graduated with a BA in Social Psychology.

Sally Box's career began at the Belmont Rehabilitation Centre, later known as The Henderson hospital near Sutton in Surrey and then at the Kingswood Training School, Bristol between 1957 and 1959. At the time she obtained her degree, she was a social worker in the Isaac T Hopper Home, in New York City.

After gaining her degree, Sally Box accepted a post as a Psychiatric Social Worker, first at the Sonoma State Hospital, California, then at the Langley Porter Clinic in San Francisco, During this time she completed a Masters in Social Work at the University of California and developed a strong interest in family therapy. Between 1965 and 1967 Sally Box worked in the Oakland Family Service Unit, Oakland California setting up a casework service in a deprived area.

Having moved back to Britain, Sally Box worked from 1967 to 1968 in the Warlingham Park Hospital Alcoholic Unit in Surrey, then she moved into a training post at the Tavistock Clinic in London until 1972 when she became a permanent member of staff with clinical and teaching responsibilities, including Chairing the Young People and Families Workshop.

In 1983, after moving to the West Country, Sally Box established the Bridge Foundation for Psychotherapy and the Arts, a Bristol-based charity which offers counselling and psychotherapy for individuals, children and families following the principles of a psychoanalytic approach and its application which are practised at the Tavistock. The Foundation's focus is also educational, delivering a series of lectures and events. From 1984 to 2001 Sally Box was Chair of the Bridge Foundation.

She is a member of the British Psychoanalytic Council, the Association for
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy.

Sally Box is the editor of two books: Psychotherapy with Families: An Analytic Approach (1981) and Crisis at Adolescence (1994).

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