Having a loved one with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is difficult for both the person diagnosed as well as their family. To better support families who are affected by BPD, Clearview Women’s Center is offering Family Connections, a free 12-week course for family members who have a relative with BPD.
This evidence-based course, developed by the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA-BPD), provides the most current information and research on BPD treatment, teaches coping skills based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and helps families to develop a support network.
“We are very excited to be offering this evidence-based curriculum to the community at no cost,” said Michael Roy, MSW, founder and executive director of Clearview Women’s Center for Borderline Personality and Emotional Disorders. “This valuable program will help families to understand BPD, and teach them useful skills to help themselves and their family members.”
Data from the National Institute of Mental Health documents that family members who participate in Family Connections experience a decrease in depression, burden, and grief, and an increase in empowerment through learning specific DBT therapy skills.
More Information on Family Connections at Clearview
The 12-week Family Connections course starts on Wednesday, September 7, and runs on consecutive Wednesdays, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Clearview Center in Venice. The course will be offered periodically by Clearview Women’s Center for Borderline Personality Disorder.
The Family Connections course is run by two Clearview staff members: Carol Hayman, MFT, a DBT therapist, and Cris Shenk, MBA, national outreach director. Both were trained to lead the program through NEA-BPD.
For more information and to register, visit www.clearviewwomenscenter.com.