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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.

Contact Details

Devon General Hospital

Location Info
Basement Classroom
101 Erie Street S
Devon, Alberta
T9G 1A6


Hours of Operation

Weekly sessions offered on Thursdays from 6:00pm to 8:00 pm for 12 weeks. Intensive double weekend sessions - two full weekends ( Sat and Sun) one month apart may also be offered from time to time at this site.


Participants must be at least 18 years old.

Service Access

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.

Wait Times

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



Sashbear Foundation, Mental Health Foundation, Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation

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