The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe brain disorders (mental illnesses). The course is taught by trained family members. All instruction and course materials are free for class participants.
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.
Classes are offered at various times throughout the year. Please contact Cy Stanton at 505-321-4522 to make reservations for the next available class.
Schedule of Classes
Class 1: Introduction to family education
Class 2: Symptoms of Schizophrenia, Major Depression, Mania, Schizoaffective Disorder, and Getting through Critical Periods of Crisis
Class 3: Mood Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, Panic Disorder & OCD, Dual Diagnosis, and Telling Our Stories
Class 4: Basics about brain biology and the causes of brain disorders
Class 5: Problem Solving Workshop
Class 6: Medication Review
Class 7: Empathy: Inside Mental Illness
Class 8: Communication Skills Workshop
Class 9: Self-care
Class 10: Rehabilitation, Making choices for “recovery”
Class 11: Fighting Stigma, Advocacy
Class 12: Evaluation, Certification, and Celebration