NAMI Provider Education
NAMI Provider Education introduces mental health professionals to the unique perspectives of individuals living with mental illness and their families. You’ll develop enhanced empathy for their daily challenges and recognize the importance of including them in all aspects of the treatment process.
NAMI Provider Education is a free, 15 hour program of in-service training taught by a team consisting of an adult with mental illness, a family member and a mental health professional.
What You’ll Gain
- Understanding of the realities of living with mental illness
- Increased compassion for the vulnerabilities people face when seeking care
- Recognition of your critical role in the individual and family’s journey towards recovery
- Empowered view of the lasting impact your care makes
What People are Saying
“When I went through the course, I kept thinking ‘what a wonderful learning experience that all our [hospital] staff need to have.’ We have worked hard over the years to create a more humanistic and compassionate culture. This program will definitely help us in that direction.” - Participant
“Most of the attendees have expressed that the course has profoundly affected their work. Many have stated that this was the best training class they have ever taken.” - Teacher
Sign Up for a Class
Some NAMI chapters have started offering this class. If it isn’t already available, contact your local NAMI about starting one.
Additional Resources for Providers
NAMI and the Hospital Corporation of America have collaborated together to create Competent Caring: When Mental Illness Becomes a Traumatic Event, an educational video/DVD for continuing education training for healthcare staff. The DVD highlights the experience of an individual living with a mental illness, as well as the staff response when he seeks treatment for a mental health crisis in an emergency room setting.