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In our support groups participants can openly share with each other the challenges of living with chronic mental illness or loving someone who has a serious mental illness.  We need facilitators for the following groups:

  • Family Support Group: Family & Friends Who Care about an Adult with a Mental Illness
  • Parent Support Group: Parents & Caregivers of Children with a Mental Illness
  • NAMI Connection: Individuals Living with a Serious Mental Illness
  • Young Adult Connection: Young Adults (ages 18-29) Living with a Mental Illness

Family Support Group

Nature and Purpose

NAMI Family Support Group Program is a peer-based, mutual support group model.  The vision is that every family member in this country who has a loved one with a mental illness will have, within reasonable driving distance, a NAMI Family Support Group to attend.  Wanting to support other family members is the ultimate qualification for becoming a facilitator.  Family Support Group facilitators are guides and sympathizers.

Responsibilities of Facilitators:

  • The primary responsibility is to facilitate a recovery support group to other family members in their area.
  • Trained family members (Family Support Group Facilitators) will co-facilitate a monthly 90-minute session in a 2-person facilitation team.  MUST commit to at least one year of service.
  • Facilitators will also serve as key participants in the planning process involved in outreach for the group and working with other affiliate members in organization, publicity, etc.
  • Facilitators will encourage participants to join NAMI and become advocates themselves.
  • Weekly preparations for group includes review of materials, set up, and clean up.  Be prepared to arrive early to set up before the class.  Responsible for bringing all materials to the session.
  • Must agree to keep confidential all information expressed in the group.

Qualifications of Facilitators:

  • Be a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • Have a loved one with a serious mental illness
  • Strong commitment to NAMI and supporting other family members dealing with the mental illness of a loved one
  • Responsible and good organizational skills
  • Desire to facilitate and committed to fidelity to the support group model as it is written
  • Comfortable leading groups from 1 to 20
  • A willingness to dig in and approach the major topics of the group
  • A willingness to share one’s own lived experience
  • Strong commitment to providing a safe place for family members to confront the challenges of mental illness in the family, regardless of diagnosis.

PARENT SUPPORT GROUP 

The same responsiblities and qualifications as the Family Support Group apply but facilitators must have a child under 18 years old.

NAMI CONNECTION

Nature and Purpose


NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group Program is a peer-based, mutual support group model.  The vision is that by the year 2010 every person in this country who lives with a mental illness will have, within reasonable driving distance, a NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group to attend.  Wanting to support other consumers in their recovery is the ultimate qualification for becoming a facilitator.  Connection facilitators are guides and sympathizers.


Responsibilities of Facilitators:


• The primary responsibility is to facilitate a recovery support group to other consumers in their area.
• Trained consumers (Connection Facilitators) will co-facilitate a weekly 90-minute session in a 2-person facilitation team.  MUST commit to at least one year of service.
• Facilitators will also serve as key participants in the planning process involved in outreach for the group and working with other affiliate members in organization, publicity, etc.
• Facilitators will encourage participants to join NAMI and become advocates themselves.
• Weekly preparations for group includes review of materials, set up, and clean up.  Be prepared to arrive early to set up before the group.  Responsible for bringing all materials to the session.
• Must agree to keep confidential all information expressed in the group.

Qualifications of Connection Facilitators:


• Be a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
• Have a serious mental illness
• Strong commitment to NAMI and supporting other consumers dealing with the mental illness
• Responsible and good organizational skills
• Desire to facilitate and committed to fidelity to the support group model as it is written
• Comfortable leading groups from 1 to 20
• A willingness to dig in and approach the major topics of the group
• A willingness to share one’s own lived experience
• Strong commitment to providing a safe place for family members to confront the challenges of mental illness in the family, regardless of diagnosis.

NAMI CONNECTION For Young Adults

The same responsibilities and qualifications as the NAMI Connection support group apply but facilitators must be between the age of 18-29.


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