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NAMI Howard County offers three education courses: Family-to-Family, Peer-to-Peer, and NAMI Basics.  All three courses are typically held in the spring and fall:

FAMILY-TO-FAMILY:

Family-to-Family (F2F) is a 12-week course to help families arrive at a better understanding of the severe mental illnesses their relatives face.  The curriculum focuses on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (manic depression), clinical depression, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.  Illnesses, treatments, medications, and challenges are covered in depth, as well as coping strategies for family members. 

NAMI MD offers a weekend training to learn the fundamentals of teaching the NAMI F2F classes. 

Responsibilities of Family Educators:

  • Trained family members (Family Educators) will teach in a 2-person Co-Leader Team.  
  • Family Educators will also serve as key participants in the planning process involved in outreach for the course, enlisting other affiliate members to assist with organization, publicity, etc.
  • Family Educators will encourage participants to join NAMI and become advocates themselves.
  • MUST lead at least two classes (for 12 weeks at a time, 3 ½ hours per week) within a two year period.
  • Weekly preparations for class including review of materials, set up, and clean up.  Be prepared to set up 30 minutes before the class.  Responsible for bringing all materials to classes.
  • Must submit all required course forms for week 3 and final week.

Qualifications of Family Educators:

  • Be a member of NAMI
  • Have a close family member with a serious mental illness
  • Strong commitment to NAMI and supporting families dealing with mental illness
  • Responsible and good organizational skills
  • Desire to teach and committed to teach the curriculum as it is written
  • Ability to read, comprehend, and present technical material
  • Comfortable speaking in front of groups
  • A willingness to learn the basic biology and treatments for the major mental illnesses
  • A willingness to share one’s own lived family experience
  • Interest in helping other families better relate to their loved one with a mental illness
  • Strong commitment to providing a safe place for family members to confront the challenges of mental illness in the family, regardless of diagnosis.

PEER-TO-PEER

Peer-to-Peer is a free 10-week course on the topic of recovery for any adult with a serious mental illness who is interested in establishing and maintaining wellness. 

Responsibilities of Peer Mentors:

  • Trained mentors (Peer Mentors) will mentor in a 2-person Mentor Team.   Their primary responsibility is to lead the 10-week Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Program to other consumers struggling with mental illness in their area. 
  • Peer Mentors will also serve as key participants in the planning process involved in outreach for the course, enlisting other affiliate members to assist with organization, publicity, etc.
  • Peer Mentors will encourage consumer participants to join NAMI and become advocates themselves.
  • MUST lead at least two classes (for 10 weeks at a time, 1 ½ hours per week) within a two year period.

Qualifications of Peer Mentors:

  • Be a member of NAMI
  • Have a serious mental illness
  • Strong commitment to NAMI and supporting consumers dealing with mental illness
  • Responsible and good organizational skills
  • Desire to teach and committed to teach the curriculum as it is written
  • Ability to read, comprehend, and present technical material
  • Comfortable speaking in front of groups 1 to 20
  • A willingness to learn the basic biology and treatments for the major mental illnesses (brain disorders) is important
  • Interest in helping other consumers help themselves with their mental illness

NAMI BASICS

NAMI Maryland offers a weekend training to learn the fundamentals of teaching the NAMI Basics Education Program.  This intensive training is open to NAMI family members who are interested in serving as a NAMI Basics Educator for their affiliate.  Wanted to teach NAMI Basics is the ultimate qualification for doing so.  NAMI Basics Educators are teachers, guides, and sympathizers.

Responsibilities of NAMI Basics Educators:

  • Trained family members (NAMI Basics Educators) will teach in a 2-person Co-Leader Team.  Their primary responsibility is to teach the 6-week NAMI Basics Program to other family members are caregivers in their area. 
  • NAMI Basics Educators will also serve as key participants in the planning process involved in outreach for the course, enlisting other affiliate members to assist with organization, publicity, etc.
  • NAMI Basics Educators will encourage participants to join NAMI and become advocates themselves.
  • MUST lead at least two classes (for 6 weeks at a time, 3 ½ hours per week) within a two year period.
  • Weekly preparations for class including review of materials, set up, and clean up.  Be prepared to set up 30 minutes before the class.  Responsible for bringing all materials to classes.
  • Must submit all required course forms for week 3 and final week.

Qualifications of NAMI Basics Educators:

  • Be a member of NAMI
  • Have a close family member who developed symptoms of mental illness before the age of 13.
  • Strong commitment to NAMI and supporting families dealing with mental illness
  • Responsible and good organizational skills
  • Desire to teach and committed to teach the curriculum as it is written
  • Ability to read, comprehend, and present technical material
  • Comfortable speaking in front of groups from 1 to 20
  • A willingness to learn the basic biology and treatments for the major mental illnesses
  • A willingness to share one’s own lived family experience
  • Interest in helping other families better relate to their loved one with a mental illness
  • Strong commitment to providing a safe place for family members to confront the challenges of mental illness in the family, regardless of diagnosis.

 

 

 


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