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Are you a parent? A sibling? A spouse? A partner?
Are you struggling to cope with someone with BPD?
Are you coping all alone?
Are you in a Crisis?
This workshop will help you understand BPD,
while improving trust & communication with your loved one.
TARA's Family DBT
Education and Coping Skills Workshop

A weekend education and coping skills workshop designed to help you
Change Your Anger Into Empathy

by becoming part of the solution rather than part of the family stress

LEARN new methods for communicating with your loved one.
LEARN new coping skills based on DBT.
LEARN how to validate emotional responses by applying DBT skills.
REDEVELOP trust leading to your loved one finally seeking appropriate treatment that will enable him/her to lead a life worth living.

It is our hope that by applying these new *DBT skills your loved on will begin to trust you and will finally seek the appropriate treatment that can help them lead a better, less painful life.

*DBT, a method of cognitive behavioral therapy that treats people with Borderline Personality Disorder BPD) developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD. at the University of Washington. In helping clients with serious, and sometimes life threatening, problem behaviors, BDT emphasizes behavioral change balanced by acceptance, compassion & validation

About the Workshops

Homework assignments required.
Workshops must be paid in full, in advance.
Brunch & Lunch Sat & Sun provided.
Educational Materials provided.

Outline of Family DBT
Skills training Workshop
Things Are Not Always What They Seem
Overview of BPD? Why are you always the recipient of what seems to you to be irrational responses to what you consider to be normal situations? The understanding of the systems in dysregulation and the psychobiology of BPD will explain the symptoms and behaviors that are so difficult for you to deal with. You will be informed of the latest BPD research findings. You will learn how what seems to be irrational behavior can be explained from a neurobiological point of view.
What is Cognitive Behavior Therapy?
Overview of how we think and how this influences our behavior. Key concepts will be explained such as shaping, reframing, parallel language, catastrophizing, personalization, cost -benefit analyzing, jumping to conclusions, fortune telling, mind reading, gray training, decision matrix? What is anger management? A diary card?
What are Emotions?
Analysis of each emotion. How do we recognize emotions? How do we express emotions. Why is this skill so important for communicating with someone with BPD.
What to we mean by validation? How do you do it? Why is it so important to validate the emotions of someone with BPD? Learn why statements such as "Calm Down" should never be said to someone with BPD. Learn what is helpful to say in stressful situations, when and how to apply DBT skills and coping strategies in the home. Work towards making the family a therapeutic environment that teaches & reinforces adaptive coping methods for the person with BPD.*
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. (DBT):
What is DBT? How does it differ from other treatments? Why does it work? What is Radical Acceptance? How do you find the Kernel of Truth in what a person with BPD experiences? Understand why tough love and simple boundary setting don't generally work for people with BPD. How to do a Behavior Analysis, establish priorities and interpret a diary card? How to develop a coping skills support team. Practice Cheerleading, Shaping and role playing within the group. Reinforce DBT Skills. Establish a self help telephone network(optional)
What medications are appropriate for specific BPD symptoms. What works for each symptom? What side effects can be dangerous? When to ask for changes in medication regimes. Being informed is your best assurance that your loved one will receive appropriate pharmacological treatment

Grief to Advocacy:
How to accept the illness and reframe your expectations. What constitutes change? Practice rituals for grieving. Future Hopes and Advocacy: How changing your attitude towards your loved one can result in improved outcomes. What can you do to change the mental health system so as to insure your loved one can receives the services they need and should have available in your community? How TARA APD can continue to help you. How becoming part of TARA APD's advocacy and educational activities can empower you.

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How to Register for:
TARA APD Members: Non- Members:
Individual: $ 350 Individual: $ 390
Couples:    $ 700 Couples:    $ 785

For TARA Members Only -



Please make all checks payable to TARA APD, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization


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