BPD and emotion regulation difficulties can be challenging to live with for person living with 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 Family Connections Programme?

Family Connections is a 10-week group programme that meets weekly for two hours 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. Family Connections programme will provide you with: current information and latest research on BPD, individual coping skills based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy, family skills, and group support that builds an ongoing network for family members.

Who should join?

This group is suitable for parents, spouses, children, and siblings of someone with BPD or traits.

What will be the focus be?

  • Education on BPD
  • Family Perspectives and Experiences
  • Relationship Mindfulness Skills
  • Emotion Regulation Skills
  • Effective Communication Skills
  • Validation Skills
  • Problem Management Skills

Where and When

This group will meet for 10 consecutive weeks on Tuesdays from 6pm to 8pm at Brighter Spaces, 2A Prebend Street, Islington, London, N1 8PT. Start date to be confirmed. Please contact us to express interest.


The fee is £800 (£80 x 10 weekly sessions). 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.