DBT family connections group
2A Prebend Street
BPD and emotion regulation difficulties can be challenging to live with for the person experiencing them, and also for their partners, families, and friends. Strong emotions and impulses can affect relationships with loved ones, although family members and partners can benefit from support relatively few professionals include them in the treatment process. As enduring relationships are important to help people with BPD, those in relationships with people with BPD need strategies and support, too.
What is a family connections programme?
Family connections is an eight-week group programme that meets weekly for an hour and 45 minutes to provide education, skills training, and support for people who are in a relationship with someone who has BPD. Focusing on issues that are specific to BPD, it is led by trained DBT clinicians with a wealth of experience. This programme was developed by Dr Alan Fruzzetti and Dr Perry Hoffman and was based on their research as well as their significant professional expertise in supporting people with BPD and their loved ones. The family connections programme will provide you with;
- current information
- the latest research on BPD
- individual coping skills based on dialectical behaviour therapy
- family skills
- group support that builds an ongoing network for family members
Who should join?
This group is suitable for parents, spouses, children, siblings, or friends of someone with BPD or traits who are willing to;
- improve their relationships
- consider how their behaviour impacts the relationships and/or contributes to negative interpersonal cycles
- try our new skills, even though they might feel uncomfortable, to begin with
- to attend all classes (missed sessions can be attended by a different family member)
- to participate in the classes as fully as possible and practice what they've learnt
- to gain new knowledge and create a toolkit for a more skillful, balanced life
What will be the focus be?
- education on BPD
- family perspectives and experiences
- relationship mindfulness skills
- emotion regulation skills
- distress tolerance and individual coping skills
- effective communication skills
- validation skills
- problem management skills
Where and when
This group will meet for eight consecutive weeks on Tuesdays from 6 pm to 7:45 pm at Brighter Spaces, 2A Prebend Street, Islington, London, N1 8PT.
The fee is £640 (£80 x 10 weekly sessions per person), or £840 per two family members attending at the same time. To reserve the place 50% of the full fee must be paid at the time of booking which is non-refundable. The remaining part of the fee is due a week before the official start date. It is only possible to commit to the full course and the fees are payable for each of the sessions. This includes sessions that are not attended, missed or cancelled.
This specialist programme is facilitated by the senior team members of Mind-Reframed who received extensive training and expert supervision in dialectical behaviour therapy. To find out more about the team please go to www.mind-reframed.com/aboutus.