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NAMI Family-to-Family

The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with mental illnesses. The course is taught by trained family members. All instruction and course materials are free for class participants. All you need to do is call the office and sign-up!!

The Family-to-Family curriculum focuses on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (manic depression), clinical depression, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The course discusses the clinical treatment of these illnesses and teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively.

Family-to-Family Course Topics include:

1. Family responses to the trauma of mental illness.

2. Schizophrenia, major depression, and mania: DIagnosis and dealing with critical periods.

3. Depression and Bipolar subtypes; Panic disorder; Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD); Borderline Personality Disorder; Co-occurring brain and addictive disorders.

4. The biology of the brain: emerging scientific discoveries.

5. Problem solving workshop

6. Medication review

7. Understanding the inner experience of having a mental illness.

8. Communication skills workshop.

9. Self-care, relative group testimony.

10. Rehabilitation, services available.

11. Advocacy, fighting stigma.

12. Celebration and certification ceremony.


NAMI Basics

NAMI Basics is taught by trained teachers who are either a  parent or  caregiver who have lived similar experiences with their own children. NAMI Basics provides learning and practical insights for families. Each class session is 2 ½ hours and classes are held  weekly. All instruction materials are FREE to participants.

NAMI Basics is a free, six session course for parents and  primary caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental  illness.  Call our office today and we will get you signed-up for the next class!

Goals of NAMI Basics:

  1. To give the parent/caregiver the basic information necessary to take the best care possible of their child, their family, and themself.
  2. To help the parent/caregiver cope with the impact that mental illness has on the child living with the illness and the entire family.
  3. To provide tools for the parent/caregiver to use even after completing the program that will assist in making the best decisions possible for the care of the child.



NAMI Peer-to-Peer

The Peer-to-Peer program is a free, 10-week course for individuals diagnosed with a serious mental illness.  It offers a holistic approach to recovery through a combination of lecture, discussion, interactive exercises and stress-management techniques.  The course is taught by trained NAMI peer mentors and meets for two-hour sessions once a week for 10 weeks.  It is offered free of charge and occurs in a relaxed, confidential setting.

What you will gain by taking Peer-to-Peer:
1. Share experiences with peers who are also working towards recovery
2. Gain further insight into mental health
3. Gain knowledge of how to cope with difficult circumstances
4. Learn to identify feelings, thoughts, behaviors and events that can result in possible relapse
5. Learn how to strengthen interpersonal relationships
6. Experience new hope and inspiration in regard to recovery



NAMI Homefront

NAMI Homefront is a free, six-session education program for family, friends and significant others of Military Service Members and Veterans with mental health conditions.  It focuses on the unique needs of military and veteran communities, such as post-deployment and post-discharge transitions.

The course is designed to help family members understand and support their loved one while maintaining their own well-being.  The trained teachers of this course are also family members who have experience with military culture and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness.

NAMI Homefront is an adaptation of the evidence-based NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program, which has been used in VA health facilities since the late 1990s.

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