ON-BPD News | 2016, Issue 2

Following are some news stories from us, as well as some bulletins we've received that may be of interest to you. If you have news that would be of interest to us or our members, please send it to webservices@on-bpd.ca.


NOUVEAU: Cours de Connexion familiale en français, printemps 2016

Il nous fait grand plaisir d'offrir le programme Connexion familiale en français cette année, du 2 avril au 18 juin. Nous acceptons actuellement des demandes de participation.

Family Connections course in Montreal 

AMI-Quebec, in collaboration with the Sashbear Foundation, is offering a special program for families affected by Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) in a loved one (with or without a diagnosis). 

The two intensive weekends will offer Family Connections©*, a skill-based program that was developed by clinicians/researchers Dr. Alan Fruzzetti and Dr. Perry Hoffman 
in consultation with family members. The course will be offered in English.

When: Weekends of February 20-21 and March 19-20 | (Saturdays and Sundays from 9am–4 pm) | Participants must attend all four sessions.
Where: AMI-Quebec: 5800 Boul. Décarie, Montreal, Quebec  H3X 2J5
Phone: 514-486-1448 Toll-Free: 1-877-303-0264 email: info@amiquebec.org
Cost: Participation is free but $40 total will be requested to cover lunches and snacks for both weekends.
Registration: www.amiquebec.org/education/ or 514-486-1448

Presentation: Loving Someone with BPD

Join ON-BPD for a dynamic session with Dr. Deanna Mercer and Dr. Christine Dickson who will candidly discuss top-of-mind issues concerning Borderline Personality Disorder, including:

  • What are the criteria for diagnosis – changes in the DSM V? 
  • What are the typical route(s) to getting a diagnosis of BPD?
  • What are treatment options and expected outcomes for people diagnosed with BPD?
  • What are critical success factors and how can love-ones help?  

The presentation will be followed by a dialogue with our presenters, and ON-BPD volunteers will be able to take questions from the audience in both English and French. We encourage you to submit questions in advance by sending an e-mail to info@on-bpd.ca.  
When: January 27, 2016 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $5 for members of ON-BPD. $15 for non-members (includes a one-year membership)
Location: CMHA Offices, 1355 Bank Street, Ottawa

Fall 2016 Session of Family Connections

We are now accepting applications to attend our fall session of the Family Connections program. Click here to download the form.

Votre témoignage en tant qu’aidante ou aidant peut faire la différence!

Le 21 janvier 2016, The Caring Experience accueillera un Atelier des aidants en français à Ottawa, en Ontario. Cette session animée de deux heures sera utilisée pour recueillir les contributions d’un groupe de 12 à 15 personnes.

Pendant cette session, les participants travailleront de manière indépendante et en tant que groupe afin de partager leurs expériences, de parler des défis et solutions, et d’identifier les questions qui sont les plus importantes pour eux dans le cadre de leur rôle d’aidants.

Nous fournirons une aide financière pour votre transport, un service de garde d'enfants, de relève ou d’interprétation, ou pour toute autre exigence d’accessibilité à tous les participants. Veuillez nous faire part de l’assistance dont vous pourriez avoir besoin lors de votre inscription.

Quand : 21 janvier 2016, de 13 h à 15 h
Où :  Ottawa Conference and Events Centre - Hampton Inn, 200 Coventry Rd, Ottawa, ON K1K 4S3
Inscription : L’espace est assez limité. Nous sommes à la recherche d’une vaste gamme d’aidants. Inscrivez-vous dès maintenant et participer à l’Atelier francophone des aidants!

Practical Skills for Living with Depression

Empowering people to make everyday decisions they want to live by. This 6-session group provides participants the opportunity to:

  • Learn more about depression
  • Practice emotion regulation skills
  • Explore pathways for shifting depression

Presentation by Mark Patton, MSW, RSW, and Charlene Jones MEd, CCC | Space is limited. This group is free.

When: Wednesdays: January 27 – March 2 2016 from 1:30-3:30pm
Where: Family Services Ottawa, 312 Parkdale Avenue
Registration: Call (613)725-3601 ext. 117

Asking for your input: After-hours Psychiatry in the ER

Jackie Desrochers, coordinator of client & family relations at The Royal, would like your input. 

A colleague approached her for feedback. Psychiatrists in the Ottawa area typically take turns covering on an on-call basis in hospital Emergency Rooms (ER) in the region after hours. This is apparently the case since the ER at The Royal was closed. My colleague belongs to a network of psychiatrists that are discussing the usefulness of this service and how important it is to clients and families. She gave her opinion from a staff perspective and the feedback that she gets but thought it would be important to get more information from clients and families themselves.

If you or anyone you know has an opinion (even better a lived experience about using, or not having a psychiatrist available after hours at ER), let her know how important this service has been to you. 

Send an e-mail to Jackie Desrochers: jacqueline.desrochers@theroyal.ca, or 613.722.6521 ext. 6710

De-escalate Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime™

Imagine being able to deal with any situation! Learn five surprises and three guiding principles, that will allow you to:

  • Remain in control at all times
  • Support anyone, anywhere, with any issue
  • Avoid the wrong response which can make the situation worse

Unplug the power struggle with principle-based de-escalation. Facilitator Catherine Corey struggled to navigate the mental health and addiction system in search of help for her son. Countless crises threatened to bring her to her knees until she learned the principles of de-escalation. Catherine is determined to keep hope alive and to provide others opportunities to learn from her challenges, failures and heartache the lessons that led to recovery for herself and her son. 

When: Saturday, January 23, 2016 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: Family Services Ottawa, 312 Parkdale Ave
Cost: $47
Registration: Space is limited to a maximum of 15 people. Register www.recoveryacademy.ca | Contact: info@recoveryacademy.ca | 1-800-532-4184