Webinar – Part 2

Wednesday December 5, 2018;

BPD and Families – What’s the Connection?


Watch a FREE webinar with a panel discussion featuring Cassie Choo, person with lived experience of BPD, Carissa Wright, BPD Peer Support Group Facilitator and Aaron Fornarino, Public Sector Employee, person with lived experience of BPD and Law Student.


This discussion was to connect carers, Family Connections leaders, and mental health professionals through a 1 hour webinar to provide education, support and insights into experiences of living with BPD, caring for someone with BPD, and being a part of the Family Connections Community.  This webinar focuses on the personal experience of those with BPD and how they navigate the illness and treatment journey.

BPD and Families – What’s the Connection? Part 1

by National Education Alliance of Borderline Personality Disorder, Australia

Introducing Your Speakers

Casie Choo - Person with lived experience of BPD, Peer Community Worker

“I’m 27 years old and I was diagnosed with BPD 6 years ago. I’m currently doing quite well with my recovery journey and believe strongly in promoting that people with BPD can and do recover. What has helped me was getting the right support when I needed it – from loved ones and mental health professionals, and having meaningful life goals to work towards. I’m an occupational therapist and currently work as a Peer Community Worker within the mental health program of a non government organisation. Over the years I’ve also been a consumer representative in a number of mental health committees/advisory groups.”

Carissa Wright - Person with lived experience of BPD, BPD Peer Support Group Facilitator

“My name is Carissa Wright. I am 28 years of age and I have navigated Western Australia’s mental health system for 13 years. I am a full-time student studying Cert 4 Peer Support Work, and I facilitate my own BPD Peer Support Group to help with the wait lists for therapy here in Perth. I am a credited Lived Experience speaker and a contributor for one of the leading mental health websites the mighty. I share my story in hope to form meaningful connections, sparking hope in others to work towards living an authentic life and to accept who they are regardless of the label society has placed upon them.”

Aaron Fornarino - Public sector employee, Person with lived experience of BPD, Law student

“I am 36 years old and have been living with Borderline Personality Disorder for over 22 years. I work full-time for the South Australian Government, and study a Bachelor of Law degree part-time at Flinders University. I have given several talks in Adelaide about my lived experience with BPD, stigma and discrimination and have actively advocated for better services since 2012. I wish to provide others with hope and courage in facing treatment and to accept the disorder is not a life sentence. Resilience and tolerance are my key themes in public engagements, as stigma and discrimination are still prevalent and community attitudes require attention. BPD is no longer a disorder that is untreatable but one that can be managed with a compassionate and humane approach.”

This webinar is for family members who have experienced, witnessed or learned about their loved one’s suicide attempt and may have increased distress, grief, overwhelming worry or fear about their loved one’s safety, increased alertness or hypervigilance, and uncertainty about how to respond to their loved one’s behaviour. Family members often find themselves anticipating the next crisis, without a chance to recover or process the previous one.

A recent research study has indicated that these difficulties are related to trauma and stress responses. In fact, nearly half of family members who participated in the study met criteria for PTSD after experiencing a traumatic suicidal crisis. So it is clear, these families need additional support.

During this ONE HOUR webinar, Dr. Luciana Payne will discuss the impact of suicidality for family members and describe how trauma and stress responses impact the family system. This webinar will also include a faciliated discussion followed by a Q&A session.
Dr. Luciana Payne, Ph.D, is a Clinical Psychologist at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, USA where she works in both research and clinical practice. Her research includes projects investigating new programs and interventions for families. She is also co-founder of The Koan Institute where she leads groups and workshops for patients and families impacted by emotion dysregulation. Dr. Payne has extensive training and experience in third wave Cognitive Behavioural treatments, including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and exposure-based treatments. Dr. Payne specialises in working with parents, couples and families and provides skill coaching for parents and families impacted by suicidality and emotion dysregulation.
Dr. Payne is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA-BPD) and trainer for Family Connections™, a program for family members of individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). She has led dozens of Family Connections groups, as well as trainings for leaders.

The National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder: Family Connections™ Program
Family Connections™ is a 12-week course that meets weekly to provide education, skills training, and support for people who are in a relationship with someone who has BPD and problems with emotion dysregulation. Focusing on issues that are specific to BPD, it is hosted in a community setting and led by trained group leaders who are often family members of relatives with BPD. Dr. Alan Fruzzetti and Dr. Perry Hoffman developed the course based on their research as well as their significant professional expertise in counseling people with BPD and their loved ones. Family Connections provides current information and research on BPD and on family functioning; individual coping skills based on Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT); family skills; and group support that builds an ongoing network for family members.
NEABPD Australia is a not-for-profit charity that offers the free Family Connections program. We are not government funded and rely purely on the generosity of our volunteers.

If you would like to receive information about the next Family Connections Program in your area please register here: https://www.bpdaustralia.org/family-connections-registration-form/

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NEABPD Australia

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Account Number: 1279 3406

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