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The NAMI Family to Family Education program is a free, 12-session course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. The course is taught by trained family members.  All instruction and course materials are free to class participants.

Over 115,000 family members have graduated from this national program.  Family-to-Family is a SAMHSA evidenced-based program.

Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders

  • Up-to-date information about medications, side effects, and strategies for medication adherence.
  • Current research related to the biology of brain disorders and the evidence-based, most effective treatments to promote recovery.
  • Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness.
  • Learning in special workshops for problem solving, listening, and communication techniques.
  • Acquiring strategies for handling crises and relapse.
  • Focusing on care for the caregiver: coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload.
  • Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community.
    Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services.

Registration is required. This course is an evidence-based  best practice and is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of Children & Families and the Southeast Florida Behavioral Health Network.

What does the course include?

  • Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders
  • Up-to-date information about medications, side effects, and strategies for medication adherence
  • Current research related to the biology of brain disorders and the evidence-based, most effective treatments to promote recovery
  • Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness
  • Learning in special workshops for problem solving, listening, and communication techniques
  • Acquiring strategies for handling crises and relapse
  • Focusing on care for the caregiver: coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload
  • Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community
  • Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services

Upcoming Classes:

Lake Worth
NAMI Palm Beach County, 1520 10th Ave North, Lake Worth, FL 33460
Mondays & Wednesdays
January 8th – February 14th
5:30-8:00 p.m.
Class is FULL. Registration closed.

West Palm Beach
Thursday evenings
January 11th – March 29th, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
NAMI Palm Beach County, 5205 Greenwood Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33407
Class is FULL. Registration closed.

Park Vista High School
Thursday evenings
Jan 25th  – Apr 19th, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Park Vista High School, 7900 Jog Rd, Lake Worth, FL 33467
For more information or to register, please call (561) 588-3477 or click here.


Support

NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar circumstances. These groups are designed for adult loved ones (18+) of individuals living with mental illness and are confidential. No specific medical therapy or medication is endorsed or recommended.

For the current NAMI Family Support Group list click here.

 

The NAMI Support Group model operates differently than other, more traditional “share-and-care” groups. The NAMI Support Group model offers a set of key structures and group processes for facilitators to use in common support group scenarios. These structures come with clear guidelines to follow; used together, they encourage full group participation in support group meetings. The structures of the new model feel comfortable for both seasoned and less-experienced facilitators because they guide the support group along in every situation.

As a facilitator, how do you ensure that a support group starts and stops on time? What do you do if someone monopolizes all of the group’s time? How should you handle disrespectful group members? What should you do if someone brings up a “hot potato” subject such as suicide or involuntary commitment? What about someone who seems to have a problem that’s just not solvable? How do you ensure that quiet members in the group get a chance to participate?

Support group facilitators face these issues in their groups every day. And effective support group facilitators are the key to making any support group experience positive and productive. The NAMI Facilitator Skills Support Group training enables support group facilitators to run useful, helpful support groups. NAMI affiliates know that effective support groups are a key facet of NAMI’s grassroots organization.

The NAMI Support Group model is not just for Family-to-Family Education course graduates, nor is it just for family members. It is a model that can be used by any NAMI support group. Encourage your state organization to begin to implement the NAMI Support Group model by sending two people to the NAMI National Facilitator Skills Workshop in June to become state trainers. Your state trainers will then conduct state and local level workshops to train facilitators in your state in the NAMI Support Group model.

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