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*Weather Policy*
In the case of severe weather the day of a scheduled class or event, please call the office at (513) 351-3500 for cancellation updates.

Upcoming Classes
Date Time Location
June 24 - Aug. 26
6:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
Recovery Center of Hamilton County
2340 Auburn Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45219
Map and Directions
Sept. 16 - Nov. 18
6:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
Good Samaritan Hospital
375 Dixmyth Avenue, Room 1037
Cincinnati, OH 45220
Map and Directions

If you unable to attend any of the classes on the current schedule, register for the waiting list and you will be contacted as new classes are arranged.


What is NAMI’s Peer-to-Peer Program?
Peer-to-Peer is a FREE, 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.

Peer-to-Peer Class Topic List

Each class contains a combination of lecture and interactive exercise material and closes with Mindfulness Practice (techniques offered to develop and expand awareness). Each class builds on the one before: attendance each week is strongly recommended.
Week 1/Orientation

Course orientation
Questions and answers

Week 2

Group ground rules
Discussion on course values
Mental illnesses as traumatic experiences
Consumer stages of recovery

Week 3
“It’s not my fault”- mental illnesses as no-blame disorders
Brain biology and research
The challenges and benefits of medication
Relapse prevention
Creative visualization
Week 4
Storytelling- sharing of personal experiences
Week 5
Information and discussion about:
• Schizophrenia
• Depression
• Bipolar Disorder
• Schizoaffective Disorder
• Borderline Personality Disorder
Relapse prevention continued
Accounts of wisdom and strength
Week 6
Information and discussions about:
• Generalized Anxiety Disorder
• Panic Disorder
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Dual Diagnosis

Relapse prevention continued
Substance abuse and addiction
The role of acceptance in recovery

Week 7

Understanding emotions
Complete relapse prevention
Focusing on experiences of joy
Physical health and mental health



Week 8

Suicide and prevention
Coming out of isolation
Mental illness and disclosure
Take-home tool for making difficult choices
Surviving a hospital stay
Advance Directive for Mental Healthcare Decision Making


Week 9

Guest speaker
Hot buttons and triggers
Working with providers
Advance Directive continued
Incarceration- survival and preparedness


Week 10

Another look at consumer stages of recovery
Opportunities for involvement in NAMI



National Alliance on Mental Illness of Hamilton County
 4790 Red Bank Expressway • Suite 218  Cincinnati, OH 45227
p 513.351.3500 • f 513.351.6352