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Family Connections Leader Training 2020

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Family Connections Leaders Training February 2020

NEA-BPDAust will hold the next Family Connections Leaders Training Workshops (FCLT) in the following location:

SYDNEY: 10 & 11 February: The University ot New South Wales, Kensington, NSW

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Registration: 8:30am. Training: 9:00 - 4:30pm

FCLT CONTENT & PURPOSE

The internationally renowned Family Connections program is an evidence-based program that provides peer support, psycho-education and skills anchored in dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) for partners, families, friends and carers of people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) or traits of BPD, as well as problems with emotion dysregulation.

Participants of the FCLT will be trained as Volunteer Leaders of the Family Connections program and will be expected to commit to commence leading groups within one to three months of completing the training.

TRAINING DELIVERY

The FCLT will comprise two full days of intensive training. The theory, tools and processes developed for the FCLT will be delivered through dynamic and interactive modalities including Instructor led workshops, practical group exercises and role plays. A Program Training Manual, resources and follow up support is also included.

TRAINING FACILITATORS

Professor Flynn is a Clinical Psychologist and Principal Psychology Manager co-ordinating Adult and Child/Adolescent Mental Health Services in the HSE across Cork County. Daniel graduated from UCC with a degree in Applied Psychology and Masters in Heath Psychology. He subsequently trained as a Clinical Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland and the University of Ulster in Jordanstown.

Professor Flynn has accumulated 20 years experience of working in mental health service in Ireland. His clinical interests are in working with individuals who struggle to regulate emotions and engage in high risk self harm behaviours. He is also interested in the impact of these behaviours on families. He has been involved in delivering interventions, training staff and researching in this area using a model known as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). He has a number of academic journal publications and has presented at local and international conferences on this area. Daniel is also involved in training Clinical Psychology staff and is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Applied Psychology in UCC.

Dr. Mary Kells is a Principal Clinical Psychologist working in Adult Mental Health in the Health Service Executive in Cork, Ireland.

Mary is interested in delivering and researching interventions for people with severe emotion dysregulation, and also for their families. Mary completed training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) in 2010 and received her accreditation as a DBT therapist in 2016.

ELIGIBILITY

Eligibility criteria include:

• Mental health professional

• Carer Peers i.e. partners, parents, adult family members, friends or carers of a person with BPD who have completed the 12 week Family Connections program prior to engaging in the Leader training.

• Commitment to commence leading groups within three months of completing the Leader training.

• All participants undertake the Leader training in pairs and work in pairs for the initial round of the FC program they lead. It is a requirement that participants agree to be paired. Family/friends can attend paired with a mental health professional or agree to be paired with another participant which will be confirmed at the commencement of the training.

• No prior knowledge of DBT is required.

TRAINING OUTCOMES

Family Members, Friends & Carers: Acquire knowledge of BPD, DBT and dimensions of psycho-education, skills in group facilitation and contribute to the journey of recovery for those diagnosed with BPD or traits of BPD, as well as problems with emotion dysregulation.

Clinicians with DBT training: While the content may not be new to these participants, they will benefit through experiential learning working with participants directly impacted by BPD in their lives in addition to the added dimensions of peer support and psycho-education. The training content will be similar to that delivered in the FC program, with materials providing a foundation for both discussion and participant engagement in the practical group exercises.

Integrating FCLT and existing DBT knowledge with the Family Connections program will expand knowledge and clinical expertise.

It is likely that participants may experience a range of emotions during the training. Our instructors will ensure processing time is made available.

SPONSORS

We gratefully acknowledge Orygen, Metro South Health, and the University of New South Wales for providing us with the training venue, our International Trainers Professor Daniel Flynn and Dr Mary Kells who have volunteered their professional expertise and time to ensure attendance costs remain affordable, and to our family connection leaders who have generously provided their time and assistance for the success of the training.

The Family Connections Program is a manulised skills training program offered to family members of a loved one with BPD (Fruzzetti & Hoffman, 2004). It is based on dialectical behaviour (Linehan, 1993). The multi-family program is comprised of 12 two hour sessions and is based on the premise that participants will likely have little to no prior knowledge of mental health. It provides psychoeducation, skills training and support fdor family members.

The training (FCLT) is to teach clinicians and carers how to teach the course content in order to become a family connections leader. This will comprise of two full days of intensive training involving theory, tools and processes developed specifially for co-faciliating your first Family Connections 12 week Program. By the end of this training you will be supported to co-faciliate your first program within 3 months post training.

For further information please contact:

Family Connections at neabpd@neabpdaustralia.onmicrosoft.com

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