Borderline Personality Disorder,  DBT,  DBT-FST,  Treatment

Attention: Seattle Area Family Members of those with BPD

Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics (BRTC) on the University of Washington campus is accepting applications for a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Family & Friends Skills Group. Here is some information from their webpage:

The BRTC is primarily a research clinic, offering treatment to members of the community as part of our clinical trials.  We are not currently recruiting for any clinical trials, but we periodically have openings for new clients in our Treatment Development Clinic (TDC).  Through TDC, clients receive Dialectical Behavior Therapy from doctoral students under the supervision of licensed psychologists.

TDC is currently accepting new clients in our FRIENDS AND FAMILY DBT Skills group.  This group is designed for family members, friends, and caregivers of people with chronic mental and physical health problems like borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, and Alzheimer’s disease.  For more information on this group, please call 206-543-3765.

I would urge all family members to consider attending this class (or a similar class). These DBT-FST (Dialectical Behavior Therapy Family Skills Training) are invaluable in understanding your family member with borderline personality disorder and creating a healing environment in the home.


  • R.M.

    I am in Seattle and am looking for a support group -any support group in the greater Seattle area- for long term partners of people with BPD. Most of this website isn’t loading for me due to an issue on my end, so I apologize if this is already addressed here somewhere. Thank you.

  • Lana Brown

    I just discovered how myself, a sister and a daughter have BPD traits, another daughter who

    does not and could use help with the three of us before we totally destruct our family

    completely. We need some professional help with and for our family. I live right near UW,

    and wonder where and how to start. Could start with me first, then with my 2 daughters and

    sister would have to show some interest or stop terrorizing us. HELP

  • Bev

    I have a son living with an undiagnosed BPD. Would not be there but she used him as a sperm donor so he now is trying to keep daughter from taking the full brunt of BPD behaviors. There is all sorts of articles on what and how BPD’s act but I can’t find anything on what is better for children. Staying in the home or trying to get at least 50% custody so child is away from the behavior at least half the time

  • Bon Dobbs


    Hi. Is your son getting divorced? I found the best way to deal with BPD behaviors is to address BPD feelings that motivate the behaviors. My book talks about this.


  • Ari

    Read a few books, if you like. Read some articles and even talk to some therapists. Reality is every minute counts and the mapping of branches of an axon (neurological pathways) is occurring between 18 months and 3 years. Screaming at or in front of the infant (later toddler), failure to provide a nurturing and supportive environment, and forcing stressors upon them will cause them to map incorrectly and develop unusual copping mechanisms like learning to anticipate the “switch,” surviving gaslighting, and realizing they are emotionally abandoned from birth forward; things normal children never worry about or experience. You cannot remap a child. If you want to protect your grandchild from the environmental factors which will cause it to suffer life-long effects, it must be separated from the ill parent. The liberal philosophy in many countries is to leave them with the sick mother, while making money off books and articles, and after all, it ensures more clients in the future, right?

    If you leave the toddler with a BPD mother you will likely invest a lot time, money, emotions, and energy in their therapeutic processes and your because… it is going to get worse. Try and minimize damage done. Weigh your options and what you can afford. If you have endless surpluses of the things listed above, and gamble, then take a chance. if not, protect the child because the courts and CPS won’t as documented time and time again. and jump down to Research on Offspring of Mothers With BPD. You will find a lot of lip service and very little real help! Ari

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