Consumer and Family Education Classes
All classes are offered free to the public.
NAMI Peer to Peer Education Course
Peer-to-Peer is a unique, experiential learning program for people with any serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery.
•The course was written by Kathryn Cohan McNulty, a person with a psychiatric disability who is also a former provider and manager in the mental health field and a longtime mutual support group member and facilitator.
•An advisory board comprised of NAMI consumer members, in consultation with Joyce Burland, Ph.D., author of the successful NAMI Family-to-Family Education program, helped guide the curriculum’s development.
•Since 2005, NAMI’s Peer-to-Peer Recovery Program has been supported by AstraZeneca.
What does the course include?
•Peer-to-Peer consists of ten two-hour units and is taught by a team of two trained “Mentors” and a volunteer support person who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness.
•Mentors are trained in an intensive three day training session and are supplied with teaching manuals.
•Participants come away from the course with a binder of hand-out materials, as well as many other tangible resources: an advance directive; 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; mindfulness exercises to help focus and calm thinking; and survival skills for working with providers and the general public. To read more information about this program click here
For more information on class times and date and to register call (727) 992-9653
NAMI Family to Family Education Course
The NAMI Family to Family course is designed to give family members a better understanding of the mental illness disease process, its treatment, and the psycosocial issues which surround caring for persons with an altered mental state. It puts you in touch with other families experiencing the same difficulties thus providing needed support for those difficult times. Areas covered in the class include:
To register for future classes call 727-992-9653 or email. Class is free and seats are limited to the first 25 people.
- Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders.
- Up-to-date information about medications, side effects, and strategies for medication adherence.
- 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 mental illness.
- Learning in special workshops for problem solving, listening, and communication techniques.
- 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
NAMI Basics Education Program
The fundamentals of caring for you, your family and your child with mental illness. NAMI Basics is the new signature education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. The program was developed around elements that have been extensively tested and found to be highly effective in the field (click here for more information). For further information on class schedule call Georgianna at (727)
277-8059 or NAMI Pasco (727) 992-9653 or check the Calendar link on this website.
Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training
CIT is designed to educate and prepare police officers who come into contact with people with severe mental illnesses to recognize the signs and symptoms of these illnesses, and to respond effectively and appropriately to people who are experiencing a psychiatric crisis. Police officers are often the first responders in these incidents, it is essential that they know how critical periods of mental illness alter behaviors and perceptions, can assess what is needed in the moment, and can bring understanding and compassion to bear when they are handling these difficult situations. Contact: Lieutenant Larry Engle with NAMI Pasco for next available class (727)992-9653