Family Connections Leaders Training

Are you interested in volunteering to become a trained Family Connections  Leader?

2019 Family Connections Leaders Training

Family Connections Leader Training to be held in (Venue and dates TBC) supported by two trained Family Connection Leaders.

Family Connections is an evidence-based program for families and friends of people with borderline personality disorder that provides peer support, psycho-education and skills anchored in dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). The Family Connections Leader Training is to train clinicians and carer-peers with the view to facilitate groups for family/ friends of people with Borderline Personality Disorder, BPD traits or Emotional Dysregulation.

The FCLT will comprise two full days of intensive training to enable participants to volunteer as leaders of the internationally renowned Family Connections  program. This training is only for those who wish to run NEABPD Australia’s Family Connections groups as volunteer leaders and can commit to running a group within three months post training.

NEABPD-Australia is delighted to confirm Family Connections National Trainers Carolyn Bright and Dr Sian Jeffry will conduct the 2-day intensive training with the assistance of Jennie Fitzhardinge, Family and Mental Health Counsellor.



*at various sites throughout Australia.

Date & Time

TBA November 2019

Registration: 7:45am
Event: 8:00am to 4:00pm

Prompt 8.00am start


Carers: $100
Health Professionals: $150

Snacks and a light lunch will be provided

Eligibility to register:

The following eligibility criteria apply:

  • Mental health professional OR Carer-peers i.e. partners, parents, adult family members or friends of person with borderline personality disorder/emotion dysregulation
  • Participants must attend in pairs OR agree to be paired for the first round of co-facilitating the Family Connections program
  • Carer-peers who attend will be paired with a mental health professional prior to the training
  • Participants will go on to facilitate a free Family Connections program within three months of completing the training
  • Don’t have a venue? Enquire about our new Family Connections Telecommunications Program where you can co-facilitate your program online with our support.

Registration & Payment:

Step 1

Please email and include the following details.

  • Full Name
  • Address
  • Contact Phone Number
  • Health Professionals: please advise your current role, qualifications and current place of work
  • Carer Peers: please advise your relationship with the person with BPD (eg. parent, partner, adult child etc) **Carer Peers are required to complete the 12 week Family Connections program prior to engaging in the Leader training.

Step 2

Once your registration has been approved via email correspondence please proceed to payment.

Click HERE for online payment and to finalise your registration.

Refund Policy

If the training is cancelled at any time, participants have the option of rescheduling to another date or receiving a full refund. No further monies will be paid for any other expenses that the participant has or may incur.

**No refunds will be provided to participants who are unable to attend within 6 weeks prior to the training date.

Please ensure you meet the eligibility criteria prior to payment and are able to commit to co-leading your first family connections program within a reasonable timeframe.

Thinking of Attending?

The training is only for those who would like to run Family Connections groups in their local area.

Whilst the FCLT trainers will be mindful of participants distress, this Family Connections Leaders Training is not intended to address the well being of those who attend. That is, this is not a Family Connections group.

By the end of the training attendees will have the skills to run a Family Connections group in your local area. A commitment to run a group is essential and advice and processes for this will be discussed at the training. Newly trained leaders are supported by the Family Connections National Manager, as well as Family Connections Program Manuals and resources which are provided for all Family Connections Leaders.

The training does not require prior knowledge of DBT and will be a ‘nuts and bolts’ training needed to deliver the Family Connections program. Much of the training will have the trainers delivering the materials as they would at an FC program using this as a foundation for discussion and for participants to then practice themselves.

Trained and experienced DBT therapists will not learn new content material but rather will learn from family members about their experiences, integrating this and their existing DBT knowledge into the Family Connections program along with the peer support and psycho-education dimensions and supporting family members of those with BPD.

We invite you to attend the Family Connections Leader Training on the understanding that you will commit to leading free Family Connections programs within the next three to six months of the training. The training is to ensure that as many people as possible benefit from a decrease in substantial pain and suffering.


In keeping with Family Connections licensing, tradition and culture, all Family Connections work is provided without professional charge to participants. Thank you to the trainers Carolyn and Sian who have so kindly donated their professional time and to Spectrum for the use of their venue.

Thank you also to all those who have freely given of their time to decrease financial barriers to attendance.

Family Connections Leaders Trainers:

Carolyn Bright

Carolyn Bright is a clinical psychologist at the Fremantle Hospital Mental Health Service with extensive knowledge and experience of Borderline Personality Disorder. Carolyn has been comprehensively trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and is a current Perth Family Connections Leader.

Jennie Fitzhardinge

Jennie Fitzhardinge is a family and mental health counsellor. She is a trained and experienced Family Connections Leader based in Fremantle.