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Family ConnectionsTM Courses in the Greater Toronto Area

Fall 2020 groups have been filled from our waitlist. The next regular session will be offered starting in January.

Please add your name to the announcement list below and we will contact you by email when we are able to offer you space in an upcoming group.

Frequently Asked Questions about Registration and Attendance

Additional Resources for Relatives of Someone with Emotion Dysregulation or BPD

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ABOUT Family ConnectionsTM

Family Connections is an evidence-based program providing education, skills training, and support for people who are in a relationship with someone struggling with BPD or emotion dysregulation. It is a peer program led by trained group facilitators who are family members and who have taken the course themselves. Family Connections provides: current information and research on BPD, emotion dysregulation and family functioning; individual coping skills based on Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT); family skills; and group support that builds an ongoing network for family members. 

Family ConnectionsTM is open to anyone 18 years of age and older who has a loved one struggling with mental health issues. The course is not for those who are struggling, only for the family members or friends supporting them.


The Family Connections program is provided in Canada free of charge by The Sashbear Foundation. The Family Connections program was developed by practicing clinicians/researchers (Drs. Fruzzetti and Hoffman) and modified in consultation with family members. It is coordinated internationally by NEABPD.

We offer the Family ConnectionsTM program throughout the Greater Toronto (GTA) area in multiple locations. Classes run for 12 evenings, beginning in January, June, and September. January 2021 groups will continue to be offered online due to the pandemic.


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COVID-19 Group Updates and Resources

Groups will continue to be offered online until the public health situation is improved. 

Additional Resources for Families Supporting a Loved One with Emotion Dysregulation:

For additional suggested resources and recent webinar recordings, please see the Resources page on our main website:

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    • January 24, 2021
    • (EST)

    Toronto and GTA (including Durham, Halton, Peel and York Regions)

    Announcement list for future Groups
    Sponsored by: The Sashbear Foundation

    This is not a registration or guarantee of a spot.

    Groups may be held in person or online, depending on the public health situation.

    If you are interested in Family Connections in the GTA and surrounding regions in Fall 2020, please add your information here.

    You will receive details and an opportunity to register when dates are finalized.

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