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Family Connections Leader Training Livestream

Pasadena, CA Livestream Family Connections Training for Professionals and Family Members

Livestream training with Dr. Perry Hoffman and Dr. Alan Fruzzetti

Live On-Site Facilitation provided by Patricia Gieselman, MFT
Co-Hosted by Choices Counseling & Skills Center & Institute for Girls’ Development ®

The National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEABPD) is pleased to announce the next Family Connections Leader Training held in the San Francisco area on September 8-10, 2017 will be livestreamed to Pasadena. (It is also being livestreamed to Houston and Ottawa, Canada!)

At the Pasadena location, you will view and participate in the training presentations. You will be able to ask questions of Dr. Perry Hoffman and Dr. Alan Fruzzetti, who will be leading the training in Northern California (Walnut Creek). In addition, Patricia Gieselman, MFT and other experienced FC leaders will be available on site to share experiences, clarify points, and answer questions.

We hope to be able to increase the number of trainers out there and that you’ll help us reach more families across California and the world (through Teleconnections).

Note:  This training is free with a minimal $150.00 fee to cover the cost of food and materials. It is a wonderful protocol for working with friends and family members of those affected by borderline personality disorder and other severe mental illness. In exchange, NEABPD asks for a commitment of co-leading at least two Family Connections or TeleConnections classes within three years, the first one being held within 6 months of the training.
Family Connections Leader Training
September 8-10, 2017
Co-Hosted by Choices Counseling & Skills Center & Institute for Girls’ Development ®
Held at Institute for Girls’ Development® – 95 N. Marengo, Suite 100, Pasadena, CA

What is Family Connections?

Family Connections (FC) is a free, 12-session group education, individual/family skill and social support program for parents and partners (and other loved ones) of people with BPD. Several published studies support its effectiveness, and FC is now available in at least 19 countries and also via teleconference. Groups are co-led by two trained family members and/or professionals. To learn more, visit:

For more information about the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (the non-profit/all volunteer organization that sponsors Family Connections), go to:

What is the cost of the training? 

  • The training is FREE
  • There is a $150.00 fee payable to NEABPD to cover costs of daily food costs. This will cover a (required) dinner on Friday evening, as well as lunch and snacks at the venue on Saturday and Sunday

What is the class schedule?

Friday: 6:30PM – Dinner at the venue location for all participants
Saturday: 8am-5pm
Sunday: 8am-4pm

Who should attend?

Both professionals and family members are welcome to attend this leader training. Family members who are interested in being FC leaders are welcome to register. Family members who come for the FC Leader Training must already have participated in either an FC class or in a DBT family psychoeducation or other family program (NAMI). Professionals committed to offering Family Connections groups (without fees to participants) are welcome.
NEABPD will pair new leaders with experienced family members or professionals to run groups; so participants can attend alone, or come with someone who will be their FC partner.

How do I sign up?

If you are a professional, please send an email to and answer:
  1. Where you want to attend this training: Walnut Creek, Pasadena, Houston, or Ottawa
  2. Name, credentials, address, email and phone
  3. Why you want to run a Family Connections group
  4. Where you might run the group or if you prefer leading TeleConnections
  5. Commitment to offer the course for free

If you are a family member, please send an email to and answer:

  1. Where you want to attend this training: Walnut Creek, Pasadena, Houston, or Ottawa
  2. Name, address, email and phone
  3. If you have completed a Family Connections class please list the following: In-person or on the phone and year of attendance, and who were your co-leaders
  4. Your relationship to your loved one with BPD and their age
  5. Brief paragraph explaining why you want to be a leader and if you have someone who is interested in being a co-leader with you
Once you have sent the above email, your information will be forwarded to the contact person at your training location. They will confirm your registration and provide further details.
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