Our education programs draw on the lived experience of people who have a mental illness and family members who have been extensively trained to help others.
Our education programs are free of charge.
Family-to-Family is a 12-week course to help families arrive at a better understanding of the severe mental illnesses their relatives face. The course and textbook are furnished at no cost to you and all are welcome to attend. The curriculum focuses on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (manic depression), clinical depression, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Illnesses, treatments, medications, and challenges are covered in depth, as well as coping strategies for family members. Instructors are trained family volunteers.
Classes are offered three times a year in the spring, fall, and winter. Please phone our office at (410) 772 - 9300 for information and to register.
Starts Thursday, May 8th from 7-9:30pm
NAMI Basics is an education course for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with behavioral and emotional challenges (ADHD, anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, conduct and oppositional defiant disorders).
The course follows a structured format and includes practical insights on issues frequently faced by families dealing with mental health concerns. NAMI Basics is taught by trained parents who have lived similar experiences with their own children.
It is not necessary that the child has a specific diagnosis. Caregivers who suspect their child is experiencing symptoms of mental illness can also benefit from the course as they begin to navigate the evaluation and treatment process.
The course consists of six, 2-1/2 hour classes that meet weekly. Please phone our office at (410) 772 - 9300 for information and to register.
Starts Wednesday, May 14th from 7-9:30pm
Peer-to-Peer is an experiential learning program for any individual who has a mental illness and is interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery.
The course is offered free of charge to people who have a mental illness. You do not need to be a member of NAMI to take the course.
Peer-to-Peer consists of 10 two-hour classes and is taught by a team of three trained mentors who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness. The course uses a combination of lecture, interactive group exercises and structured group processes. Pre-registration is required, so please phone our office at (410) 772 - 9300 for more information.
Starts Monday, May 5th from 6:30 -8:30pm
In Our Own Voice: Living with Mental Illness is an education presentation that highlights the recovery process as experienced by those who have actually been there. The presentation is given by trained presenters who live with chronic mental illness.
This 90-minute comprehensive interactive presentation about mental illness—including video, personal testimony, and discussion—enriches the audience’s understanding of how people with these serious disorders cope with the reality of their illnesses while recovering and reclaiming productive lives.
The presentation covers issues frequently faced by those dealing with severe mental illnesses:
- Coping Strategies
- Successes, Hopes, and Dreams
The program is suitable for many audiences:
- Consumers of mental health services – share, learn and find hope for living successfully with your illness
- Family members – discover the possibility of recovery for your own loved one
- Faith communities – increase responsiveness to people with mental illness who may first turn to their spiritual community for guidance
- Law enforcement officials – increase awareness of and sensitivity to behaviors triggered by mental illness
- Any community or civic organization interested in learning more about mental illness
All participants receive a take-home packet that includes fact sheets on topics covered during the presentation and additional NAMI materials.
Call the NAMI Howard County office at (410) 772 - 9300 to schedule a presentation. A coordinator will contact you to discuss your needs and to arrange a presentation time and location convenient for your group. You provide the audience and VCR or DVD monitor and NAMI Howard County will provide the trained presenters at no cost to you.
PARENTS AND TEACHERS AS ALLIES: IN-SERVICE MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION FOR SCHOOL PROFESSIONALS & PARENTS
Parents and Teachers as Allies is a 90 minute in-service program focusing on helping school professionals and families within the school community better understand the early warning signs of mental illnesses in children and adolescents and how best to intervene so that youth with mental health treatment needs are linked with services.
Call the NAMI Howard County office at (410) 772 - 9300 to schedule a presentation.
NAMI HOWARD COUNTY EDUCATIONAL FORUMS
The NAMI Howard County meetings are offered during the months of January, March, May, July, September, and November each year to give NAMI HC members and guests the opportunity to network with each other and learn about issues related to mental illness from guest speakers and group discussion.
The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each of the previously listed months at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia, MD 21044. We encourage you to arrive around 7:00 so that you can chat with friends and acquaintances and enjoy light refreshments.
From Route 29, take Route 175 West toward Columbia. Route 175 becomes Little Patuxent Parkway. Bear right onto Governor Warfield Parkway. At the first traffic light, turn left onto Trumpeter Road. Turn right into the parking lot. The Interfaith Center is the one story building on the right of the parking lot. Enter at the center doors.