Webinar Series 2021

Upcoming and Recorded Webinars



Upcoming Webinars


Indigenous Cultural Safety and Humility

Len Pierre

Wednesday, May 5, 12 noon Pacific Time, 3pm Eastern Time

As part of Sashbear's commitment to the journey of Truth and Reconciliation, we invite you to join us for a presentation with Indigenous thought leader Len Pierre. 

Cultural safety is an outcome based on respectful engagement that recognizes and strives to address power imbalances inherent in the health care system. It results in an environment free of racism and discrimination, where people feel safe when receiving health care.

Cultural humility is a process of self-reflection to understand personal and systemic biases and to develop and maintain respectful processes and relationships based on mutual trust. Cultural humility involves humbly acknowledging oneself as a learner when it comes to understanding another’s experience.





 Webinars Recordings


BPD Relationships and Trauma

Dr. Skye FitzpatrickDirector of the TULIP (Treating & Understanding Life-Threatening Behaviour and Post-traumatic Stress) Research Lab at York University.

Dr. Fitzpatrick discusses what is known about how BPD impacts family and partner relationships, including: how people with BPD navigate relationships, how BPD symptoms impact and are impacted by communication problems in a relationship, and trauma and PTSD in family members of someone with BPD.




Intersection of Mental Health and Substance Use in Youth

Adina Hauser—MSW, RSW clinical lead for the Transitional Youth Program at Michael Garron Hospital.

Adina Hauser addresses issues around the intersection of mental health and substance use in youth, and offers guidance on skills and strategies that may be helpful to family members when their loved ones turn to substances to cope.




Lived Experience of Recovery: A Personal Journey

Chyann Garrick—model, actress, entrepreneur.

Chyann shares insights about her lived experience of BPD, and her personal story of determination and recovery.




Pathways Forward: Cultivating Hope After a Suicide Loss

Alex Shendelman—Program Manager, Suicide and Homicide Loss Support Program, Distress Centres of Greater Toronto.

Alex  Shendelman discusses the impact of a suicide loss and how survivors of suicide can come to terms with the loss and potentially regain hope.




Current Research on Effective Treatments for PTSD and BPD

Dr Skye Fitzpatrick—Director of the TULIP (Treating & Understanding Life-Theatening Behaviour and Posttraumatic Stress) Research Lab at York University.

Dr. Fitzpatrick discusses how PTSD overlaps with BPD, and how it can impact relationships (eg., family relationships). She will also review the current understanding of treatments for BPD and PTSD.




Managing Grief and Loss(Audio only)

Alan Fruzzetti, PhD

This webinar was given in response to the loss of head coach Kevin Thorburn of ESWIM club to all those impacted by his passing.




Discover Mindfulness: What It Is and What It Isn't

Karen Waddell, CFM Qualified MBSR Teacher 

One reason we might want to practice mindfulness is that most of the time we are unwittingly practicing its opposite. This is a gentle introduction to mindfulness by Sashbear supporter and MSBR teacher, Karen Waddell.




Understanding Emotion Dysregulation in BPD

with Alex Chapman, Ph.D.

This webinar discusses what we know about how borderline personality disorder (BPD) develops, the role of emotions in BPD, some cutting edge research on the treatment of BPD, as well as how clinicians help people better understand and manage their emotions.




Coping with Emotion Dysregulation During COVID 19

Molly Martha Roberston, Ph.D.

This webinar discusses principles of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and how to tailor and incorporate specific approaches and skills to support family members with Emotion Dysregulation through the challenges of the current pandemic.




Mentalizing: what it is and how to do it

Carla Sharp, Ph.D.

Dr. Carla Sharp is Professor of Psychology at the University of Houston in Texas, and conducts research into Borderline Personality Disorder in children and adolescents. She has conducted several pioneering studies in this field and has published over 260 publications in journals, articles and books. In 2016 she was the recipient of the mid-career award from the North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders. She was recently the recipient of the 2018 Award for Achievement in the Field of Severe Personality Disorder from the the Personality Disorders Institute and Borderline Personality Disorder Resource Center.

Research shows that our capacity to mentalize help foster mutually rewarding relationships with others. In this talk, Carla Sharp, Ph.D, will introduce participants to the concept of mentalizing, and how it can be utilized to improve the quality of relationships with loved ones.




Superparenting 101:  Tips on raising a supersenser

Francheska Perepletchikova, Ph.D.—Founding Director of the Youth-Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program that focuses on treatment of children, adolescents and young adults within the DBT model

Dr. Perepletchikova has a long-standing interest in emotion regulation, trauma-related psychopathology, suicidality and self-harm behaviours. She discusses some of the most essential aspects of parenting emotionally sensitive children.




Youth, Substance Use and Harm Reduction

Adina Hauser, MSW RSW

We are pleased to welcome back clinical social worker, Adina Hauser. In this presentation, she follows up on her well-received presentation from November: Managing the Complicated Relationship between Mental Health and Substance Use in Youth. This time she will introduce the concept of harm reduction and how this approach can help us support our youth who use substances.




Eating Disorders & Emotion Dysregulation: Helping Families Navigate

Dr. Anita Federici

In this presentation, Anita Federici, Ph.D., C.Psych., will address the following topics:

- Common signs and symptoms

- Current information on causes and maintaining factors

- Adapted biosocial theory for eating disorders

- How an eating disorder impacts emotion regulation

- Treatment options and pathways

- Strategies and help for parents (e.g., validating without enabling the ED).




Discover Falling Awake Mindfully: Incorporating Present Moment Awareness To Your Day

Karen Waddell

Karen Waddell joins us again to follow up on her previous presentation "Mindfulness: What it is and what it isn't" in June 2020. In this presentation, Karen will discuss how we can "fall awake" and benefit from bringing mindfulness of the present to even the smallest moments of our day.


You can watch Karen's June presentation here:






Helpful Resources during these difficult times

NEABPD, which oversees Family ConnectionsTM internationally, is offering a series of webinars for family members who are supporting a loved one with Emotion Dysregulation or BPD during this difficult time. They are covering many of the topics we discuss in Family Connections groups, including the Transactional Model, Validation, and Limits.

You may register for upcoming webinars here

These webinars are also being recorded and you can watch the recordings here

Tolerance for Uncertainty is a DBT-based workbook that can be used by family members and our loved ones. Developed by a DBT-trained clinical psychologist in North Bay, Dr. Sachiko Nagasawa, this workbook guides you through DBT skills to accept your feelings, tolerate distress, and thrive in this challenging time.

Here is a link to download Tolerance for Uncertainty: A COVID-19 Workbook

Image of Distress Tolerance Cover




Sashbear (links to upcoming events, education, support resources)
Sashbear Family Connections Groups
Sashbear's DBT Skills in schools pilot
Sashbear's About Suicide Information which includes phone numbers around GTA
Sashbear's About BPD Information

Centre for Addition & Mental Health - Toronto
What's up walkin - Toronto free mental health counselling
Davenport Perth Health Programs - Toronto runs DBT skills group – Surfing Tsunamis
Kids Help Phone
Canadian Mental Health Association - Toronto
SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health - Toronto
East Metro Youth Services - Toronto
East Metro Youth Services Walk-In-Clinic - Toronto - free mental health counselling service for infants, children, youth and their families to help with issues such as depression, bullying, sexual identity, behavioral concerns, etc.
Skylark (Delisle) Youth Services - Toronto
LOFT - Toronto
Family Navigation Project @ Sunnybrook - Toronto
Reconnect’s FAME Family and Caregiver Support Services - Toronto
CMHA-Toronto Family Outreach and Response Program (FOR) - Toronto
Youthdale - Toronto
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences - Whitby
BPD Society of BC - BC
AMI Quebec - QC
Stella's Place Assessment and Treatment Centre - Toronto
Living Works Resources
Haliburton Highlands Health Services - Haliburton
The Mental Health Mom - podcasts

Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre (addiction treatment) - ABcall 211 or log on to for immediate assistance in Ontario, to access resources in your local area

In Alberta - Access 24/7 is now open, providing in-person assessment, crisis outreach and stabilization around the clock, every day of the year. People seeking addiction and mental health supports can now go to Anderson Hall across from the Royal Alexandra Hospital emergency department, 10959 102 St. N.W, Edmonton, AB. There, they can access walk-in, phone and outreach services, including information and referrals; support for individuals and families to navigate Alberta Health Services (AHS) and community services; consults to community providers; intervention and treatment. They can also access a wide variety of services through one telephone number: 780-424-2424.

Canada fee for service resources

Please note that each organization provides different and sometimes partial DBT services with respect to group skills, phone coaching, etc. and wait times and costs will vary. Please enquire about these when you contact them. This list is not intended to rank or rate the organizations listed:

Borderline Personality Disorder From the Inside Out
Broadleaf Health - Guelph
Broadview Psychology - Toronto
Centre for MindBody Health - Toronto
Dialectical Living - Toronto
MidlandDBT - Midland
Dr. Elana Rosencrantz - Toronto
Dr. Sachiko Nagasawa - Nothbay - Currently offering online services
Dr. Siegi Schuler - Toronto
EBT3 - Toronto
Emily Collette Counsellling - Toronto
Freud-Goldman and associates - Thornhill
Garfinkel Therapy - Durham and York regions
Inner Solutions - Calgary
Kristan Graham-Seymore - Kitchener/Waterloo
Mindfulness Dimensions (MBSR) - Toronto
North Simcoe Therapy Network - Midland
Rennet Wong-Gates - Aurora
The Mindfulness Clinic - Toronto
Toronto DBT Centre - Toronto
Toronto Psychology & Wellness Group - Toronto


National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder - link to Education Videos
McLean Hospital - link to Consumer Education
Clearview -
Behavioral Tech - Dialectical behaviour therapy website
DBT Path -  DBT Path
Hope For BPD -  Hope For BPD
DBT Peer Connections - DBT Peer Connections
DBT Self Help - Marsha Linehan video transcripts
BPD Resource Centre -
BPD video -
Personality Disorder Awareness Network -
Project375 - Brandon Marshall's Project375

Miscellaneous Resources - online support group for people with depression and bipolar disorder, etc.
Healthy Place - online support group for people with addiction and mental health issues.
Mindfulness Dimensions - specializing in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)



Blaise Aguirre (2013) - Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder: Relieve Your Suffering Using the Core Skill of Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Blaise Aguirre (2014) - Borderline Personality Disorder in Adolescents: What to do when your teen has BPD
M. McKay, J. Wood, J. Brantley (2007) – The Dialectical Behavior Theraphy Skills Workbook
Michael Hollander (2008) - Helping Teens Who Cut: Understanding and Ending Self-Injury
Shari Manning (2011) - Loving Someone with Borderline Personality Disorder
Alan Fruzzetti (2006) - The High-Conflict Couple: A Dialectical Behavior Therapy Guide to Finding Peace, Intimacy, and Validation
Valerie Porr (2010) - Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder: A Family Guide for Healing and Change
Sheri Van Dijk (2012) - Calming the emotional storm: Using DBT skills to manage your emotions & balance your life
Children's books available via - Personality Disorder Awareness Network
Bea, Pamela, Paula Tusiani (2013) - Remnants of a Life on Paper
Fran Porter (2014) - When The Ship Has No Stabilizers

Click below for a list of book resources that Sashbear Family Connection participants have shared with us during our FC groups. These are not necessarily Sashbear recommendations but rather a compiled list of resources our participants have shared with us that have been useful to them:
FC Book list


Sashbear Pamphlets

Borderline Personality Disorder Pamphlet
BPD Pamphlet

Family Connections Pamphlet
FC Pamphlet

DBT Skills in Schools Pilot project Pamphlet
DBT Skills in Schools Pamphlet

  • We are all doing the best we can and we can all do better...
  • Let's remove stigma from mental illness and Borderline Personality Disorder...
  • We are all in this together, you are not alone...
  • Validation before problem solving...
  • Emotion Regulation Disorder is the new name for Borderline Personality Disorder...
  • Let's teach DBT skills in schools...
  • Let's intervene, let's intervene early...
  • Show me compassion and empathy first, don't just tell me how to change
  • Let go of judgments and believe in me so that I can believe in myself
  • Accept me so that I can better accept myself
  • We are all doing the best we can and we can all do better next time
  • Take care of yourself then you can attend to others
  • Be mindful - Observe, describe, participate effectively
  • Observe your own emotions rise and that of others, pause then engage effectively
  • Strive to be wise, not just rational or emotional
  • Change what you can, accept what you cannot
  • Validation is not agreement
  • Validate, Validate Validate
  • Be supportive, let go of judgements
  • We can't control having strong emotions but we can change how we respond to them
  • Hope is everything and is always there even when I cannot see it
  • BPD is more common than Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder combined 6%
  • The suicide rate of BPD victims is 400 times that of general population
  • BPD is the third leading killer of young women between the ages of 15-24
  • 1 of 5 seek help, 4 of 5 benefit from treatment
  • 4,000 young people die by suicide per year in Canada
  • I am not the disorder. I am a person
  • Stop the Stigma - by Speaking Up
  • Living with BPD is like not having an emotional skin
  • Genetic vulnerabilities and invalidating environment could lead to BPD
  • Breathe
  • Mindfulness is not what you think
  • Mindfulness is being present moment to moment
  • Mindfulness is just observing, paying attention to non-judgement
  • Patience, trust, non-striving and acceptance
  • Mindfulness does not come by takes practice
  • Let your breath be your anchor to observe thoughts as they arise
  • Observe thoughts as they come and go like waves on the ocean
  • Pay attention to what you are actually paying attention to
  • What we frequently think we become
  • Turning my auto-pilot off
  • Only that day dawns to which we are awake - Thoreau Walden
  • It is a radical act of love to just just down and be quiet for a time by YOURSELF
  • You are HERE!
  • Make each moment count!
  • I am a valuable part of all that EXISTS
  • I am Love. ALL is Love
  • The practice of mindfulness is not to follow your heart but to train your heart
  • It's OK, let it be
  • Smile at thoughts, they are empty. The only power thoughts have is the power you give them
  • The benefit will come to your life with consistent mindfulness practice everyday
  • Whatever you do to make it mindful!
  • Kindness is pure wisdom
  • Mindfulness is free or craving, want or hate
  • Be gentle to yourself as well as others
  • When you feel connected to someone that connection gives you purpose
  • Practice kindness whenever possible. It's always possible - Dalai Lama

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