Loved Ones & Borderline Personality Disorder: An 8-week group for those loving and/or living with persons with BPD

The Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Centre of Vancouver is pleased to announce a special 8-week program designed for partners, family, and friends of those with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), or with related problems (e.g., self-injury). BPD is a serious mental health problem believed to affect approximately 1.6 percent of the population. Persons with BPD suffer intense emotional turmoil, often have difficulties with relationships, and are at risk for suicidal and self-harming behaviour.

Although there is considerable hope for persons with BPD, and effective treatments exist, loved ones often struggle in finding the best way to support their affected family member(s) or friend(s) with BPD. This special 8-week course is designed to provide partners, family, and friends with tools for better understanding and assisting loved ones. This group will also teach participants some of the practical skills commonly covered in the DBT groups to effectively manage emotions, communicate to others, and tolerate overwhelming distress.

More specifically, this course will cover the following topics:
• What is Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
• Why do people have BPD?
• Some harmful myths and misconceptions about BPD
• Hope for BPD: Treatments that work
• Introduction to Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
• DBT skills in action:
o How to use validation to reduce conflict and calm emotional storms
o How to understand behaviour and set reasonable limits
o How to use skills to understand and manage intense emotions
o How to tolerate and manage crises and better accept yourself, your emotions, and your loved one
o How to use interpersonal effectiveness skills to improve communication with your loved one

Participants will be provided with all needed materials, including a binder with handouts covering the DBT skills and a copy of the Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide by Dr. Alex Chapman. The total cost of the program is $995.

We typically run the course on Fridays from 1-3pm. If there is enough interest, we aim to run a spring session in 2018.


C.DennistonThe course will be led by Dr. Carol Denniston, one of our senior clinicians at the DBT Centre of Vancouver. Dr. Denniston has an extensive clinical background assessing and treating adolescents and adults with a wide range of psychological difficulties including, depression, anxiety, emotion dysregulation, PTSD, psychosis, disordered eating, substance abuse, self-harm and chronic suicidality.







If you are interested in participating, or have any questions, please email Jen at or call 604-569-1156.