Families and Carers Training and Support (FACTS)
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
Emotional Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD)
FACTS is a unique, carer-led training programme, developed with the support of the Anna Freud Centre, for the friends and families of people with BPD/ EUPD.
This course for carers will run on Tuesday evenings between 19:00 – 20:30 starting on 11th May via Teams or Zoom
During the course, you will learn:
- What BPD/ EUPD is, and how to manage this condition
- How you can rebuild relationships and reduce conflict
- How best to support your relative or friend with BPD/ EUPD
- How to cope with your feelings
- Module 1: Introduction to BPD/ EUPD
- Module 2: Mindfulness and Emotion Management
- Module 3: Mentalizing
- Module 4: Validation Skills
- Module 5: Problem Solving
Enquiries by email to Jo Griffin: firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you support someone with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)/ Emotional Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD)?
It can sometimes be difficult to live with, or care for, someone who has BPD/ EUPD. Families and friends can struggle to cope with their own feelings, leaving them traumatised, disempowered and unsure how best to help their loved one. Support and advice is rarely available and when it is, is often confusing and unhelpful.
Professor Anthony Bateman, a leading expert in BPD at the Anna Freud Centre, has developed ‘FACTS’, a support programme for families and friends who are involved with people with BPD/EUPD. The purpose of FACTS is to improve family wellbeing and offer advice and support to families. It is led by trained carers of people with BPD/ EUPD.
What is FACTS and how does it work?
FACTS started as a research project in 2013 at the Anna Freud Centre in London.
An initial successful pilot course was followed by a ‘Randomised Controlled Trial’ (RCT) which showed that the programme for families and carers improved their overall wellbeing, and helped them feel more confident in supporting their family member or friend.
The Families and Carers Training and Support programme has been designed to support people who are involved with someone who has BPD/EUPD. One of the aims of this project is to make FACTS available to as many families in the UK as possible.
FACTS works by bringing small groups of families and friends together for 5 sessions.
Topics include: Introduction to BPD/EUPD, Mindfulness and Managing Emotions, Mentalising, Validation Skills, and Problem-Solving Skills. During the sessions participants are introduced to various skills.
Who can take part?
Criteria for participation include being a family member or friend of a person with BPD/EUPD and being able to attend the 5 evening sessions. The individual with BPD/EUPD does not need to be receiving specialist support services or have an ‘official’ diagnosis of BPD/EUPD for their carers to be able to participate.
What will it involve?
You will attend five evening sessions, each lasting 1.5 – 2 hours, spaced out over a few weeks.
How will I benefit?
You will learn more about BPD/EUPD and how to support the person you care for and ensure that you learn to look after yourself too.