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Todd and Julie Shirley Speaking on Borderline Personality Disorder

Todd and Julie Shirley

Tuesday, October 16,2018
Topic: A discussion about Family Connections™, which is a 12-week course that meets weekly to provide education, skills training, and support for people who are in a relationship with someone who has Borderline Personality Disorder, characteristics of Borderline Personality Disorder or other disorders that include emotional dysregulation as a characteristic.  Focusing on issues that are specific to BPD as well as other mood disorders, it is hosted in a community setting and led by trained group leaders who are usually family members of relatives with BPD.

Dr. Alan Fruzzetti and Dr. Perry Hoffman developed the course based on their research as well as their significant professional expertise in counseling people with BPD (as well as other disorders) and their loved ones. Family Connections provides: current information and research on BPD and on family functioning; individual coping skills based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT); family skills; and group support that builds an ongoing network for family members.

Todd and Julie will begin by sharing their personal experience with their daughter that led them to Family Connections.  They will discuss the class process and its connection to healing and social emotional well-being and conclude by sharing how Family Connections, their personal experience, and their services to the public through their occupations tie together and compliment the other.  Todd and Julie learned the hard way that they were unable to take care of their loved ones and their students without first learning how to take care of themselves.

Julie Shirley- Julie is employed by the Forsyth County School District in the Department of Special Education as a Behavior Specialist. Her focus in the district is supporting students with disabilities who may struggle with their mental health and/or behavioral issues. She is a co-coordinator of the district’s Verbal De-escalation and Physical Management Training. Julie works with the District’s Student Advocacy Specialists to implement Dialectical Behavior Skills Training to students in the District.  She also works closely with her colleagues to provide professional development for teachers and other district staff on a variety of Topics.  She is a graduate of Clemson University, Penn State, and Piedmont College as of December 2018.

Todd Shirley- Todd is employed by the Forsyth County School District as the Chief Operations Officer. His office oversees safety, security, student discipline, transportation, and athletics. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia.

Tuesday October 16, 2018 at 7:00 PM at 240 Elm Street in Cumming (United Way)


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