Family Connections is a free 12-week program providing education, skills training and support for people in a relationship with someone with BPD.
BPD can be challenging to live with for persons who have it, and also for their families and loved ones. Strong emotions and impulses can affect family relationships.
Enduring relationships are important to help people with BPD, those in relationships with people with BPD need strategies and support, too.
Family Connections provides (i) current information and research on BPD and on family functioning (ii) individual coping skills based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) (iii) family skills and (iv) group support that builds an ongoing network for family members. It is coordinated by the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder Australia (NEABPD-Australia).
Three independent research studies showed that after completing the course, family members experienced significantly decreased feelings of depression, burden, and grief, and heightened feelings of empowerment.