ON-BPD News | 2017, Issue 1

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.

ON-BPD Updates:

News from our partners:


Call for Volunteers


ON-BPD could use your help! If you are interested in helping us support our community, please let us know.

  • Newsletter publication: gather pertinent articles, publish them on the ON-BPD website, and then distribute the link via MailChimp. Requires some knowledge of HTML.
  • Membership Chair (to review the process of renewing/growing membership and fundraising)
  • Program Chair (to help develop and present new programs, such as Continuing Connections)
  • Family Advisory Committee Liaison (to attend meetings of the Family Advisory Committee and report back to the ON-BPD Board)

If you are interested in helping support this growing organization, please contact our president, Michèle, at michele@on-bpd.ca.

Family Connections

ON-BPD is now accepting applications to participate in our spring session of Family Connections, a 12-week program designed to provide the adult family members and spouses of individuals with emotion dysregulation or borderline personality disorder with knowledge and skills for their own well-being and for better understanding their loved one.

A spring session will begin on February 25. The following session will likely begin in September. Attendance at all twelve sessions is required.

To apply, please download and complete the application form, and send it by e-mail to info@on-bpd.ca.

Continuing Connections

Our next session of Continuing Connections, our follow-up program for graduates of Family Connections, will take place sometime in the new year. Participation is by invitation only. If you have completed a Family Connections course, but have not received any of the previous e-mails about Continuing Connections, please contact us at webservices@on-bpd.ca.

New!! 3-part Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Training for Health Professionals

Let your doctors and therapists know about this!

CMHA Ottawa presents a three-part Dialectical Behaviour Therapy training for health professionals, for only $150! See dates below. Deadline to register: January 20, 2017.

Register at https://dbt-fundamentals.eventbrite.ca.

Co-facilitated by Dr Mercer and Dr Dickson, this three-session workshop will cover the core strategies of DBT. It is designed to help health professionals incorporate DBT skills and strategies essential for improving clinical outcomes.

The workshop will be interactive with the opportunity to practice each skill.

In-between session homework will give you the opportunity to try the skills with your clients. The homework will be reviewed at the beginning of the next session.

Session 1: Acceptance Strategies
Date: January 25.
Content: Biosocial theory, Assumptions, Validation

Session 2: Change Strategies I
Date: February 22
Content: Chain Behavioural Analysis 1, Core Mindfulness 1, Distress Tolerance

Session 3: Change Strategies 2
Date: March 29
Content: Chain Behavioural Analysis 2, Core Mindfulness 2, Commitment Strategies, Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness

Free Webinar: “How to Speak Borderline: A Live Demonstration”

Thursday February 9, 2017, 4-5 pm EST
Hosted by Karen A. Adler, MD, Staff Psychiatrist, Adult Outpatient Services and Gunderson Outpatient Program

A core symptom of borderline personality disorder is interpersonal hypersensitivity, which means conversations with loved ones often end in misunderstandings, conflict, and hurt feelings. In a previous webinar, Dr. Adler addressed the roots of hypersensitivity to perceived criticism and key roles of shame, fear and anger in fueling heated conflicts between individuals. Strategies were taught on how to identify common triggers of these underlying emotions and use validation to reduce conflict and engage in problem solving. For this follow-up webinar, we ask that registrants email Dawn Sugarman with real-life dilemmas they have faced or will face in communicating with their loved one and we will choose example scenarios to role play to demonstrate skills in action.


BPD Patient and Family Education live webinars are geared toward family members of loved ones with borderline personality disorder and are available free of charge. Advance registration is suggested.

Upcoming Webinars:

  • “Introduction to DBT Skills Training” Thursday, March 30, 2017, 4-5 pm EST
  • “Eating Disorders, Overeating, and Borderline Personality Disorder” Thursday, April 13, 2017, 4-5 pm EST

Archived Webinars (Browse this page to see more.)


Research into Caregiving of People with Personality Disorders

Paige Lamborn is doing research into the experience of people who care for others with personality disorders, and would like your input. Read more about it here: PDF about the survey.

Contact Paige Lamborn if you are interested in taking this survey.


Suicide Prevention: "Know What to Do" Kit

Icon Kit

Knowing what to do
could save a life.

The Suicide Prevention Network brings organizations like the schools, hospitals, police, colleges and universities and community organizations together to make programs and services better, and to build new ones. Everyone in the community is welcome to join us as we work towards reducing the harmful impact of suicidal behavior in Ottawa.

For 24/7 bilingual, crisis support, call the Child Youth and Family Crisis Line at 613-260-2360, or 1-877-377-7775 (outside Ottawa) or call the Crisis Line at 1-866-996-0991.

Do you know someone who is struggling with thoughts of suicide? Click on the ‘Know What to Do’ icon to the left, to get more information about what to look for and how to respond.





La Ressource vous invite à participer à une vidéoconférence intitulée : Le trouble de personnalité limite (Borderline Personality Disorder).

Le 8 février 2017
12 h à 13 h


           Cliquez ici pour vous inscrire!


Coping with Mental Illness - Family Information & Support Meetings

When: January to June, 2017 – Tuesdays, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Where: The Royal, 1145 Carling Avenue, Ottawa - room 1425
Everyone is welcome - no need to pre-register.
Cost: free.

January 17 - Setting Boundaries #1
February 7 - Setting Boundaries #2
February 21 - Mobile Crisis Team
March 7 - “Fact and Fiction”
March 21 - Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
April 4 - Community Treatment Order (CTO)
April 18 - Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Regulation
May 2 - Registered Dietician
May 16 - An introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
June 6 - An introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
June 20 - Lived Experience