Family Connections™ - Managing Suicidality & Trauma Recovery

Family Connections™ Program

family connections program

What is the Family Connections™ – Managing Suicidality & Trauma Recovery Program?

Family Connections™ – Managing Suicidality & Trauma Recovery is a FREE program that helps parents manage the stress and trauma from their child’s self-harm or suicidal behavior.  This evidence-based, free course provides education, skills and support for parents and is offered in two formats, once a week for 12 weeks or as a 2-day weekend intensive.

If you are experiencing increased distress, worry or anxiety, grief, family conflict, or if you are unsure how to respond to your child’s crisis behavior, the course can help.

What will You Gain?

This course is a skills based education program that creates a supportive environment where parents can obtain information and acquire skills to manage their distress more effectively and improve family relationships.  After completing the course, parents often experience decreased feelings of depression, burden, and grief and more feelings of empowerment.

Which Program is Right for Me?

There are many similarities between Family Connections and Family Connections™ – Managing Suicidality & Trauma Recovery, however Family Connections™ – Managing Suicidality & Trauma Recovery is specifically tailored to the needs of parents who have experienced a child’s suicidal behavior regardless of the diagnosis. This is the right program for those who experience trauma or stress-related problems — such as increased distress, grief, uncertainty about how to respond to a child’s crisis behavior — as result of caring for a child who attempted suicide, struggles with suicidal thoughts, or engages in non-suicidal self-injury.

If you are NOT experiencing trauma or stress-related issues and your loved one struggles with BPD or emotion dysregulation, we recommend you take Family Connections™ – BPD/Emotion Dysregulation.

Family Connections™ - Managing Suicidality & Trauma Recovery program
I am a parent of someone with severe self-harming behaviors or who has attempted to end their life.
I am a parent of someone who is or has been hospitalized for their own safety.
My child’s hospitalizations/suicide attempts affect my life.
I am a mental health professional or student interested in learning more about supporting parent trauma.


Family Connections™ - BPD/Emotion Dysregulation Program
I have a person in my life who is 13 years or older and has been diagnosed with BPD.
I have a person in my life who has difficulty controlling their emotions, a negative self-image, patterns of difficult relationships, and destructive behaviors.
Family Connections was recommended to me by a professional, family member, or friend.
I am a mental health professional or student interested in learning more about BPD.
Family Connections Program

The Family Connections™ – Managing Suicidality & Trauma Recovery program includes:

Education on treatments and the latest research findings .

Relationship skills based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to help support your child with compassion and empathy.

Support from course leaders and other participants who also have a child who has self-harmed or attempted suicide.

Suggestions for taking care of yourself and managing your stress.

Details of the Program


Course Dates and Times

The 12-week courses begin 3 times per year in January, June, and September.  The 2-day intensives are scheduled throughout the year at various times.



We ask for a commitment to participate in all 12 classes. Skills build on the previous weeks so it is important to only commit to the course if you can participate in a minimum of 10 classes. You can request another course that better fits your schedule when you reply to our enrollment email.



You will receive an email with the subject line: You’re invited to attend Family Connections™ – Managing Suicidality & Trauma Recovery Class #. It’s important that you respond to the email even if you cannot attend the class. Please add to your contacts and check your SPAM folder often for the email.


Age Requirements

Course participants must be at least 18 years old. If you are a parent, the child with emotion dysregulation must be at least 13 years old.


Wait Times

The current wait time to be offered a course is 5-6 months.


Course Cost

NEABPD IS A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that relies on volunteers and donations to continue its mission. No one is ever charged a fee to take a FC-MSTR course.


Individual Applications

Each person who wishes to enroll must apply individually, including spouses and/or any member in the same household or family. This is required regardless of whether you plan to use the same computer or device.

Residents Outside the US

At this time the Family Connections™ – Managing Suicidality & Trauma Recovery program is only offered in the US.  We hope to bring it to other countries soon.


While Waiting for a Course

You may find it helpful to browse the Resources section of our website. There are recent Webinars that feature the skills taught in our Family Connections™ Courses.

If you think a FC-MSTR Course is right for you and you can commit to attending at least 10 classes, please complete our online application. All personal information submitted is confidential and we will never send any information to you via the US mail.

Please add this email address to your contact list so you are sure to get our communications:


If have already taken Family Connections or you have already applied and want to check your status,
please email