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About our Family-to-Family Class


Family-to-Family is a 12-session course created by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and taught by local volunteer family members who have been trained for its presentation in accordance with best practices established by NAMI.

The instructors offer knowledge, insights, resources, coping strategies and genuine support – along with the unique understanding that comes from having lived the journey. The course meets for 12 weekly sessions, each for 2.5 hours; the course and all instructional materials are free.

Course topics include:

  • Current information about mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, borderline personality disorder, panic disorder and other major mental illnesses
  • Co-occurring brain and addictive disorders
  • Medications, side effects and strategies for adherence
  • Current research related to brain disorders and evidence-based treatment options to promote recovery
  • Problem solving, coping and communication techniques
  • Strategies for handling mental health crises and relapse
  • Guidance on identifying support and services within the community

Based on the quality of research behind this program, NAMI Family-to-Family has been listed on the U.S. Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-Based Mental Health Programs and Practices since 2013.

If you are interested in taking Family-to-Family, please contact our office at 707-527-6655 x10 or email info@namisoco.org. A Programs staff member will answer any questions, let you know when and where the next 12-week course will begin and add you to the registration list, as you wish.

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