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NAMI Family-to-Family Classes

 What is NAMI’s Family-to-Family Program?

  • A 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illness
  • Taught by trained family members who have lived the experience
  • Free! All course materials are provided at no cost to participants
  • Over 300,000 family members have graduated from this national program

How you can sign up:

  • Call Lisa Kubiak, Program Manager, to register: 707-527-6655 x3.


A tribute video containing moving testimonials about the NAMI Family-to-Family program from family members and course instructors.

What does the course include?

  • Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder as well as co-occurring brain 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
  • Evidence-based effective treatments that promote recovery
  • Learning about the lived experience of a person with mental illness, which builds empathy
  • Workshops that increase problem solving, listening and communication skills
  • Strategies for handling crises and relapses
  • Focus on care for the caregiver: coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload
  • Guidance on locating appropriate community support and services
  • Information on advocacy initiatives aimed at improve access to services and treatment

“Family members who take the NAMI Family-to-Family course are better equipped to work with mental health clinicians in a collaborative manner. My bottom-line recommendation? Take this course. It will help you learn to cope successfully with a major challenge in your life, and that, in turn, will help your loved one as he or she works toward recovery.”

— Peter Weiden, M.D., author of Breakthroughs in Antipsychotic Medications


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