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Register now for 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 is 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.

NEABPD Australia is a not-for-profit charity that offers the free Family Connections program, a 12-week course that provides psychoeducation, skills and strategies and a support network for families with a loved one who suffers from borderline personality disorder and its associated symptoms.

All donations are used for the coordination and setting up of family connection programs throughout Australia, resources to support training our family connections leaders, providing up to date resources on our website, and information and support through our webinars.

NEABPD is supported through the generosity of donations that go to NEABPD programs and we hope you might contribute to make the programs more widely available across the country.

To continue to help you, to help families, to help those with BPD and to strengthen and expand our programs, we need everyone's support.

Please make a donation to:


NEABPD Australia

Commonwealth Bank

BSB: 063 010

Account Number: 1279 3406

Include your full name in the description.


All donations are tax deductible

If you require a tax invoice please email NEABPD@NEABPDAustralia.onmicrosoft.com once you have made your donation.


Introducing your speakers:


Cassie 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."


BPD Affects The Whole Family


When a loved one has borderline personality disorder, family and loved ones often suffer quite a bit. Since BPD can include a pattern of intense and stormy relationships with family, friends, and loved ones, they may be on the roller coaster of extreme closeness and love (idealization) to extreme dislike or anger (devaluation). Changeable moods, high-risk behaviour, suicidality and intense anger are often part of life for a person with BPD and thus, they become part of life for those who love him or her. Families of people with BPD may benefit from support, skills training and sometimes their own therapy. The challenges of dealing with an ill relative on a daily basis can be very stressful, and family members may unknowingly act in ways that negatively impact their relative. Family Connections™ is a free group program (run by family members and/or clinicians who have been trained) that focuses on the needs of family members. It is available in locations throughout Australia as well as through teleconference to the US.


The 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. Focusing on issues that are specific to BPD, it is hosted in a community setting and led by trained group leaders who are usually 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.


Register now for this free webinar that will include a facilitated interdisciplinary panel discussion, followed by a Q&A session.

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National Education Alliance of Borderline Personality Disorder, Australia

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