We put a priority on helping families understand how BPD impacts their loved ones and their family, and NEA-BPD’s course has been shown to help families learn useful skills and become better educated about the disorder.
Venice Beach, Calif. (PRWEB) February 03, 2012
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a complex and challenging disorder, not only for patients and mental health professionals, but also for family members. To better support families who are affected by BPD, Clearview Women’s Center is offering Family Connections, a free 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 again offer 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. “We put a priority on helping families understand how BPD impacts their loved ones and their family, and NEA-BPD’s course has been shown to help families learn useful skills and become better educated about the disorder.”
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 10-week Family Connections course starts on Thursday, February 9, and runs on consecutive Thursdays, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Clearview Center in Venice Beach, Calif. The course is offered periodically at Clearview Women’s Center for Borderline Personality Disorder.
The Family Connections course is run by two Clearview staff members: Nicole Riddle, Psy.D., a DBT therapist, and Cris Shenk, MBA, national outreach director. Both were trained to lead the program through NEA-BPD.
The Family Connections course is also offered at locations throughout the country, as well as via telephone. For more information and to register, visit NEA-BPD’s website.
About Clearview Women’s Center
Clearview Women’s Center for Borderline Personality and Emotional Disorders is the premier West Coast BPD treatment center. Located in Venice Beach, Calif., Clearview Women’s Center provides a full continuum of BPD programs and DBT therapy, including residential, outpatient, day treatment, and transitional living.