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/