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