Free Education Courses for Cumberland or Perry County Residents are funded by the C/P County MH Program.
Locally we currently offer two NAMI Signature Education courses: Family-to-Family (F2F) and Peer-to-Peer (P2P). For more information about all of NAMI's Signature education, training & support programs visit visit NAMI.org. There you will find information, gain insight, and get support. We on occassion offer NAMI Hearts and Minds and Mary Ellen Copeland's Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) workshops depending on interest.
NAMI PA Cumberland and Perry also offers the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) USA 8hour courses (youth and adult versions) but there is MAY be fee for it and it is open only to Cumberland and Perry county residents. For more information on MHFA look to tab on left side bar or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Fall 2013 course is completed. Stay posted for information about the next one. Family-to-Family (F2F) is a 12 week NAMI signature copyrighted education course. Pre-registration is required for all NAMI Signature education courses. For information about F2F email Sarah Roley at email@example.com or call 717-249-7653 we accept registration for all our standard courses year round. Note due to the funding source residency in Cumberland or Perry counties is necessary.
Family-to-Family link to National
The Family to Family course is a 12 week family-psycho education program especially designed for families/loved ones experiencing the effects of severe brain disorders, focuses on major psychiatric illnesses.
Classes are team-taught by trained family members who have been there and understand.
Participants are encouraged to support each other, to be knowledgeable, and to be effective members of a team that includes the family, the individual with the mental healh concerns, the doctor, the case manager, and others. Skills are taught on how to advocate and become an effective care giver. Many participants also find the emotional support that is so vital during times of illness and stress.
Cost - There is no cost to participants - due to funding residency in either Cumberland or Perry County is required
For information (1)Call Sarah Roley (F2F coordinator) at (717) 249-7653 or email Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org or email email@example.com
The Spring 2013 Peer-to-Peer Course is now completed. Stay posted for the next one.
Course Topics link to National
The Peer-to-Peer (P2P) is a unique, experiential learning program for people with any serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery.
Peer-to-Peer (P2P) consists of ten- two-hour units and is taught by a team of two trained “Mentors” who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness. We've been there. You are not alone. The class meets once a week for a total of ten weeks. The first session provides a orientation/overview.
Participants come away many tangible resources: an advance psychiatric directive (Advance Directive Booklet for PA, pdf); a “relapse prevention plan” to help identify tell-tale feelings, thoughts, behavior, or events that may warn of impending relapse and to organize for intervention early; mindfulness exercises to help focus and calm thinking; and survival skills for working with providers and the general public. You come away with a lot of resources, skills, knowledge to help in this recovery journey.
Classes are open to individuals living with mental illness or persons who experience mental health challenges & thinks he/she would benefit from the content and can commit attending all sessions.
Cost - There is no cost to participants - due to funding residency in either Perry or Cumberland county is required
For information contact Thom Fager (717) 697-2602 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring Peer-to-Peer Course (PDF File)