Alberta Health Services

Provincial Health Services - Family Connections - Skill Development

Family Connections is an evidence based, skills training program for friends and family members supporting loved ones struggling with mental illness.

The program is based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and is designed specifically for family members and friends of those struggling with emotional dysregulation (intense feelings of sadness, shame, anger, anxiety, impulsivity, mood swings and / or suicidal ideation). Participants learn practical coping and communication skills to help them regain balance in their lives and manage emotional reactions to challenging situations more effectively. Family Connections is delivered by trained peer facilitators who have lived experience using these skills in their own families.

Thre is no registration fee. Participants can take the program as many times as they want or need to.

Affiliation: Sashbear Foundation, Mental Health Foundation, Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation
Yes, Participants must be at least 18 years old.
Application Process
Service Access: Registration Required, Register on the Sashbear Foundation website to be notified by email of sessions available in Alberta; To be added to a class list, applicants must be willing to attend all classes in a session.Free parking in surface lot outside the front door.Referral Process: No

Waiting Period: Yes,

Weekly evening or double weekend intensive sessions offered 4 times per year.

Web Site
Interpreter/Translation services
Fee: No
Fee Reduction: No
Membership Fee: N/A
Wheelchair access: Yes - Other disabled access: N/A -
Last Updated On
April 27, 2020
14007 50 Street NW
Edmonton, AB, T5A 5E4

This facility provides a range of healthcare services including a 24/7 emergency department.

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