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for Borderline Personality Disorder

There are many skills that families can learn that will help you to relate to and support someone with BPD. These may seem complex at first – like a muscle we haven’t used before we become stronger and the skills becomes easier with practise. We suggest you practise these skills with other friends/colleagues first to develop some confidence.

These are:

Radical Acceptance



Boundaries / Limits



Understanding Validation: A Way to Communicate Acceptance

Eight dramatised role plays between young friends showing invalidating and validating responses and the immediate consequences of each

Understanding Validation in Families: Dr Alan  Fruzzetti.

This series of four validation sessions is presented by Dr Alan Fruzzetti and Dr Karyn Hall.  Recorded at the Chicago Validation Conference 2014 - Video 1 - Video 2 - Video 3 - Video 4

Validation Making Sense of the Emotional Turmoil in Borderline Personality Disorder

Dr. Galen reviews the critically important skill of validation. She discusses the ways in which you can either begin or continue to practice the skill of validation with those in your life, particularly those diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. (McLean Hospital)

An Open Discussion on Validation

In the previous webinar Dr. Galen discussed the critically important skill of validation. In this webinar, Dr. Galen answers questions from participants about challenges that they have experienced when trying to use validation. (McLean Hospital)


Open Your Mind Before You Open Your Mouth

A series of videos demonstrating how Dialectical Behavioral Therapy helps patients and their families; This series was developed jointly by NEA.BPD (Dr. Alan Fruzzetti) and the National Office for Suicide Prevention in Ireland

McLean Hospital Borderline Personality Disorder Family and Consumer Education Initiative YouTube Channel - numerous presentations including:

How and When to Give Back Responsibility to a Child or Loved One When There are Safety Concerns  

Parents often find it hard to negotiate how much responsibility they should accept vs. how much responsibility their child should accept when navigating both large and day to day decisions. This can be particularly challenging when there is a high level of distress and an accompanying worry about how that level of stress or dysregulation may affect the child’s ability to make good decisions and or stay safe.