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Programs & 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.

Contact Details

Rutherford Health Centre

11153 Ellerslie Road SW
Edmonton, Alberta
T6W 0E9
Getting There

Parking and Public transportation available

Hours of Operation
Days of the Week

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Evening sessions run for 12 weeks.
Intensive weekend sessions - 2 full weekend days (8:30 am to 5:00 pm) one month apart are also offered at this location several times per year.


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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