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RECENT STUDY SHOWS EFFECTIVENESS OF FAMILY-TO-FAMILY PROGRAM.
The Family-to-Family course consists of a series of classes for family members and
caregivers of adults with serious and persistent mental illness as well as those whose
behaviors suggest such a diagnosis. It is designed to help families and caregivers
face the challenges of brain disorders and find support, resources and coping
strategies. The course is free of charge.
What is the format?
It is an experiential education course on mental illness that meets for 12 weeks, two-
and-a-half hours per week. The course uses a combination of lecture, interactive
exercises and group processes.
What is the curriculum?
The curriculum includes the following:
Current information on Brain Biology, Schizophrenia, Major Depression, Bipolar
Disorder, Mania and Schizoaffective Disorder, Mood Disorders, Borderline Personality
Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Dual Diagnosis, Basics About the Brain, Problem Solving
Skills, Medication Review, Empathy and Understanding, Communication Skills,
Self-Care, Recovery, Advocacy, Review and Evaluation.
Up-to-date information about medications, side effects and strategies for medication
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
Learning in special workshops for problem solving, listening and communication
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
Who can take Family-to-Family?
The Family-to-Family course is designed for families, friends, partners and caregivers
of persons with serious brain disorders: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major
depression, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Families or caregivers
of a teenager with a serious emotional disturbance are also welcome. Families include
parents, brothers, sisters, daughters, sons, granddaughters, grandsons, cousins and
extended family including significant others and non-traditional families. Consumers
who have a family member with mental illness may take the course and professionals
who have a family member with mental illness may also take the course.
How are teachers trained?
Family members who have completed the Family-to-Family course attend a training
session sponsored by NAMI Florida. The training consists of a rigorous three-day
workshop and ends with a certification process. The training is free to prospective
What does it cost to take the course?
Family-to-Family is offered at no cost to the participant and class materials such as
manuals, notebooks, handouts, etc. are provided by NAMI of Collier County.
Family-to-Family material is copyrighted by NAMI and may not be reproduced or
used without written permission from Dr. Joyce Burland. NAMI Fact Sheets may be
reproduced for distribution.
For more information, call (239) 434-6726 or
e-mail email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click below for a registration form, which may be brought or mailed to
NAMI of Collier County, 6216 Trail Boulevard, Building C, Naples FL 34108
OR faxed to (239) 434-0974.
Registration (Word Document)