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LEAP (Listen-Empathize-Agree-Partner)

Struggling to help someone with a psychotic illness accept treatment?


Do you have a family member experiencing schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or other psychotic illness who is unwilling to accept treatment? If so, then LEAP can help.

LEAP® (Listen-Empathize-Agree-Partner) courses are for family members or caregivers of someone who is experiencing psychosis (hallucinations and/or delusions) and isn’t aware of having a mental illness. This is an evidence based course that aims to improve or repair your relationship and help you get your loved one to recognize the signs of their condition and accept treatment. LEAP was developed by Dr. Xavier Amador, a renowned clinical psychologist with first-hand experience caring for family members with serious mental illness.

The LEAP-certified trainer, a family member like you, was taught by Dr. Amador and has helped hundreds of other Albertans over the past five years. The interactive course includes opportunities to practice new ways to communicate with – and relate to – someone with a psychotic illness. 

The next courses will be held: 

Please note that each in-person course will be hosted at Prosper Place, 10455 172 Street NW, Edmonton AB T5S 1K9. If you have questions about LEAP or are wondering if this course is for you, please email [email protected].


Application for LEAP Training

LEAP® (Listen-Empathize-Agree-Partner) courses are suitable for family members or caregivers of someone who experiences psychosis (hallucinations and/or delusions) but does not recognize they have a mental illness. These courses are for family members; if you are a health care provider or otherwise seeking information to help in your work, another course can be arranged that will suit your needs. Please contact the trainer if this applies to you. Right now we are offering these courses to Alberta residents only. The information you enter below will help the trainer customize the experience and will be kept confidential. If you have any questions please contact the trainer at [email protected] .
Which session are you applying for?(Required)

About You


Other's Information (optional)

If a partner/spouse or an additional family member will also participate, please include their information.

Your Loved One

What is the relationship of your loved one to you?(Required)

What is your loved one's diagnosis?(Required)

If you are unsure, or if they are undiagnosed, please select the “other” option and describe the symptoms.
Does your loved one experience hallucinations and/or delusions?(Required)
Is your loved one refusing treatment or avoiding prescribed medications?(Required)
Do you or your loved one live in Alberta?(Required)
How long have you been aware of your loved one's mental illness?(Required)
Where did you hear about LEAP?(Required)

Email address
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