Programs and Services
NAMI Signature Mental Health Education Classes

Classes, Programs and Services
Offered by NAMI Ventura

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Bouncing back from life’s curveballs takes skills. Resilience is built from a foundation of self-awareness, self-care and communication. Recognizing mental health concerns early and knowing how to respond is key to keeping our minds and communities healthy. The 2-hour program is built to introduce evidence and experience-based mental health education with a focus on wellness, recovery and hope. The tone of the presentation is casual. Presenters cover the importance of mental health and wellness, common diagnoses and treatment, self-care and communication skills, and introduce NAMI’s resources and programs.

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Bouncing back from life’s curveballs takes skills. Resilience is built from a foundation of self-awareness, self-care and communication. Recognizing mental health concerns early and knowing how to respond is key to keeping our minds and communities healthy.

Community Cares is a NAMI Ventura County-designed pilot program. The 2-hour program is built to introduce evidence and experience-based mental health education with a focus on wellness, recovery and hope. The tone of the presentation is casual. Presenters cover the importance of mental health and wellness, common diagnoses and treatment, self-care and communication skills, and introduce NAMI’s resources and programs. The seminar/webinar will be taught by a team of two trained individuals. Both family members and peers will be trained as facilitators and bring personal experience navigating mental illness and recovery to the presentation.

Participants receive a workbook designed to augment the presentation. The participant workbook encourages mental health awareness as well as encouraging participants to explore and practice the skills covered in Community Cares.

Every single person can benefit from building skills designed to support mental wellness. The goal of Community Cares is to help participants recognize, acknowledge and address mental health concerns as early as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who benefits from Community Cares? Everyone. Healthy minds build strong communities.

What does the program include? This two-hour presentation includes a participant workbook filled with information and exercises designed to empower mental wellness.

Who teaches Community Cares? Both family members and people living in recovery with mental health conditions have trained as facilitators. Each presenter brings personal experience navigating mental illness and recovery to the presentation.

How much does this program cost? Absolutely nothing! NAMI Ventura County programs are always free to participants. Access to mental health education and support is a firmly-held foundation of NAMI.

When & where will Community Cares be available? NAMI Ventura County is planning to offer Community Cares to the public approximately twice a month beginning in October 2020 as a Zoom-based webinar.

*While COVID-19 social distancing is in effect, Community Cares will be offered exclusively in webinar format. Should you have questions or concerns regarding your ability to participate in a webinar, please contact program coordinator Kimberly Quinn at kimberly@namiventura.org.

Registration Note: Space is limited for NAMI Ventura County webinars. In order to maintain class sizes, we ask that each person who will attend the program registers in advance. If you cannot attend the class after registering, please contact the office to cancel or reschedule. Webinars are live and will not be recorded.

Please note this program is currently only being offered for people who live, work, or go to school in Ventura County.

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NAMI Connection is a recovery support group program, for adults living with mental illness. These groups provide a place that offers respect, understanding, encouragement, and hope.

NAMI Connection groups offer a casual and relaxed approach to sharing the challenges and successes of coping with mental illness.

Please note – These NAMI groups are restricted to adults living with a mental illness. 
 

Online Groups starts at 6:30 pm on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month.

Registration form is required to receive the link to the group by e-mail.

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NAMI Ending the Silence is an in-school presentation about mental health designed for high school students. Students can learn about mental illness directly from family members and individuals living with mental illness themselves.
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NAMI Ending the Silence is an in-school presentation about mental health designed for high school students. Students can learn about mental illness directly from family members and individuals living with mental illness themselves.

What You Should Expect

  • Fifty-minute presentation is free of cost.
  • Designed for high school students and typically offered in a freshman/sophomore health, science or psychology class.
  • Led by a team of trained presenters including a young adult living in recovery from mental illness.
  • Includes presenter stories, educational slides, videos and discussion.

What Your Students Will Hear

A toolkit of practical information
Your students can learn the science and impact of mental illness on youth as well as concrete ways to use this knowledge. Topics covered include:

  • Signs and symptoms of mental illness.
  • Statistics on how mental illness affects youth.
    Personal perspectives on the experience of living with mental illness.
  • Recovery and coping strategies.
  • Ways to seek help for themselves or for a friend.
  • Ways to help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.

An empowered view of a misunderstood topic

The presentation’s message of empathy and hope encourages students to actively care for themselves and for their peers, whether by reaching out for help, encouraging a friend or family member to seek help or by reducing stigma. Contact with a positive role model, in the form of the young adult presenter, can powerfully change their views of a common but stigmatized life experience. The discussion portion gives students a rare opportunity to ask questions and learn personal truths about mental illness.

What Your Students Will Receive

Resources they can use if mental illness enters their lives, including:

  • Cards with contact information for mental health agencies and youth support services.
  • A list of symptoms/warning signs of mental illness.
  • Recommendations on how to help a friend who is experiencing mental health problems.

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NAMI Ending the Silence is an in-school presentation about mental health designed for high school students. Students can learn about mental illness directly from family members and individuals living with mental illness themselves.

What You Should Expect
Fifty-minute presentation is free of cost.
Designed for high school students and typically offered in a freshman/sophomore health, science or psychology class.
Led by a team of trained presenters including a young adult living in recovery from mental illness.
Includes presenter stories, educational slides, videos and discussion.
What Your Students Will Hear
A toolkit of practical information
Your students can learn the science and impact of mental illness on youth as well as concrete ways to use this knowledge. Topics covered include:

Signs and symptoms of mental illness.
Statistics on how mental illness affects youth.
Personal perspectives on the experience of living with mental illness.
Recovery and coping strategies.
Ways to seek help for themselves or for a friend.
Ways to help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.
An empowered view of a misunderstood topic
The presentation’s message of empathy and hope encourages students to actively care for themselves and for their peers, whether by reaching out for help, encouraging a friend or family member to seek help or by reducing stigma. Contact with a positive role model, in the form of the young adult presenter, can powerfully change their views of a common but stigmatized life experience. The discussion portion gives students a rare opportunity to ask questions and learn personal truths about mental illness.

What Your Students Will Receive
Resources they can use if mental illness enters their lives, including:

Cards with contact information for mental health agencies and youth support services.
A list of symptoms/warning signs of mental illness.
Recommendations on how to help a friend who is experiencing mental health problems.
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Family-to-Family is a new concept in education for families and others who are affected by serious mental illness: schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depression, panic disorder, borderline personality disorder, severe anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder including co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders. The course was written by experienced family member and mental health professionals, and is taught by family members who have completed the course and are specially trained to teach the course to others.
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NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 8-session education program for family, friends and significant others of adults with mental health conditions. NAMI Family-to-Family provides information about anxiety, depressive disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other mental health conditions. Other topics covered include communication, problem solving, treatment and recovery. The course was written by experienced family members and mental health professionals, and is taught by family members who have completed the course and have a loved one with a mental health condition .They are specially trained to teach the course to others.

The course is designed to increase understanding and advocacy skills while helping participants maintain their own well-being. NAMI Family-to-Family is an evidence-based program (EB). For information on the research base for the program, visit nami.org/research.

There is no charge for the class, however, registration is required.
Included in the course:
Week One
Learning About Normal Reactions When Mental Illness Strikes a Family

Week Two
Understanding Mental Health Conditions and Preparing for Crisis

Week Three
Getting a Mental Health Diagnosis and Sharing Our Stories

Week Four
Overview of Mental Health Conditions

Week Five
Treatment Options

Week Six
Communication Skills and Problem Solving

Week Seven
Empathy and Recovery

Week Eight
Moving Forward, Celebration and Graduation

(General Resources and References also included)

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FAMILIA A FAMILIA FORMULARIO DE INSCRIPCION

Esta serie de 12 clases, la cual se lleva a cabo una vez por semana, está diseñada para ayudar a los miembros de familia a educar, comprender y apoyar a nuestros seres queridos mientras se mantiene un ambiente de salud personal y de bienestar en el hogar.
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The NAMI Family-to-Family Educational Program

Online zoom class

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This is a program that helps transform the family from despair and isolation, through better knowledge and family support, until the following conditions are overcome:
Severe depression
Bipolar Disorder (Also known as manic depressive)
Schizophrenia
Schizoaffective Disorder
Anxiety and Panic
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Dual Diagnosis (Substance Abuse and Mental Illness)

This series of 12 classes, which takes place once a week, is designed to help family members educate, understand and support our loved ones while maintaining an environment of personal health and well-being at home. .

NAMI’s Family to Family educational program is free! However, you need to register as soon as possible.

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NAMI FAMILY TO FAMILY COURSE PROGRAM
CLASS 1: Introduction to Family Education

CLASS 2: Symptoms of schizophrenia, severe depression, bipolar disorder, mania and schizoaffective disorder, Coping with critical periods of crisis

CLASS 3: Subtype of depression and bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and simultaneous brain disorders and addictions, Telling our stories

CLASS 4: Fundamentals of brain biology and the causes of mental disorders

CLASS 5: Seminar on Problem Solving

CLASS 6: Review of medications

CLASS 7: Empathy; Let’s understand mental illness

CLASS 8: Seminar on communication skills

CLASS 9: Taking care of yourself

CLASS 10: Rehabilitation; Options for recovery

CLASS 11: Fighting against stigma; Advocacy and advocacy work

CLASS 12: Evaluation, Certification and Celebration

FAMILIA A FAMILIA FORMULARIO DE INSCRIPCION

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NAMI Family & Friends is a free, 4-hour seminar that informs and supports family members, partners, friends and significant others who have loved ones with a mental health condition. Participants learn about diagnoses, treatment, recovery, communication strategies, crisis preparation and NAMI resources. Seminar leaders are also family members and know what it is like to have a loved one with a mental health condition.

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What is the NAMI Family & Friends Webinar?

NAMI Family & Friends is a free webinar that informs and supports family members, partners, friends and significant others who have loved ones with a mental health condition. Participants learn about diagnoses, treatment, recovery, communication strategies, crisis preparation and NAMI resources. Webinar leaders are also family members and know what it is like to have a loved one with a mental health condition.

Registration Note: Space is limited for NAMI Ventura County webinars. In order to maintain class sizes, we ask that each person who will attend the program registers in advance. If you cannot attend the class after registering, please contact the office to cancel or reschedule. Webinars are live and will not be recorded.

*While COVID-19 social distancing is in effect, Family & Friends will be offered exclusively in webinar format. Should you have questions or concerns regarding your ability to participate in a webinar, please contact program coordinator Kimberly Quinn at kimberly@namiventura.org.

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Care & Share family support groups provide support, education, advocacy and information to family members and friends of those suffering with severe mental illness. Each person has an opportunity, if they wish, to share their current situation with the group. Since everyone attending has or is going through similar issues, everyone can offer understanding and comfort. Often group members are able to offer helpful ideas, suggestions and resources.
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Due to Covid-19 and restrictions on gatherings NAMI Ventura County is now offering support groups in a Zoom online format.

FAMILY SUPPORT GROUPS
Care & Share Family Support Groups provide support, education, advocacy and information to family members and friends of those suffering with severe mental illness. Each person has an opportunity, if they wish, to share their current situation with the group. Since everyone attending has or is going through similar issues, everyone can offer understanding and comfort. Often group members are able to offer helpful ideas, suggestions and resources.

Each group is coordinated by a trained support group facilitator who is also the family member of a person living with serious mental illness.

Family Support Groups meet regularly as shown below. Please call NAMI Ventura County at (805) 641-2426 for more information.

Please note – These NAMI groups are restricted to family members or friends who are supporting a person with a mental illness.

Online Groups starts at 6:30 pm on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Tuesday of each month. (Online group is from 6:30 pm-8:00 pm)

Registration form is required to receive the link to the group by e-mail.

(For consumer/client support groups, see the NAMI Calendar.)

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Join us on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:45 pm to hear expert speakers present information.
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New Zoom General Meeting

Please join us for our February NAMI Ventura County general meeting on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 from 11:45 am to 1:15 pm. We will be holding our general meeting via Zoom format!

Our meeting topic will be on Ventura County’s Mental Health Diversion Program – A multi-agency panel discussion

(NOTE THE TIME FRAME IS DURING THE DAY)

To attend the meeting on Zoom, please use the registration form below and you will be emailed the log in and password for the meeting.

805-641-2426 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

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In Our Own Voice is a presentation by individuals that creates awareness about what is involved in recovery from mental illness. A powerful anti-stigma tool to change hearts, minds, and attitudes about mental illness.
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What It Is:
A presentation by people living with mental illness that creates awareness about what is involved in recovery from mental illness. A powerful anti-stigma tool to change hearts, minds, and attitudes about mental illness.
An opportunity for people diagnosed with a mental illness to gain self-confidence, self-esteem, and income while serving as role models for the community.
Living proof that recovery from mental illness is an ongoing reality.

The Presentation:
Hear from people who have struggled with disorders such as depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other severe mental illnesses.
A brief video features consumers speaking about the topics of Dark Days, Acceptance, Treatment, Coping Skills, and Successes, Hopes, and Dreams.
Gain insight into how people with serious mental illnesses cope with the realities of their disorders while reclaiming productive lives.
Ask questions from the real experts — the consumers are the ones who “have been there.”

The Audience:
People living in recovery with a mental illness in day programs, inpatient settings, support groups, and other community settings who can share, learn, and find hope for successful living.

  • Family and friends who may need further reassurance of the possibility of recovery for their loved ones.
  • Health care providers who desire strengthened communication with their clients and improved outcomes.
  • Law enforcement officials to increase awareness of and sensitivity to behaviors triggered by mental illness.
  • Faith communities to increase responsiveness to people with mental illnesses who may first turn to their spiritual community for guidance.
  • Students of various age levels, who wish to expand their knowledge of living with mental illness.
  • Any community or civic organization who may be interested in learning more about mental illnesses and recovery.

Why Must We Have This Program?
Raises awareness in communities about recovery from mental illness. Empowers people living with mental illness by providing a path to recovery.
Presents the real face of mental illness. Combats stigma by opening dialogue.
Provides supported employment opportunities for people living with mental illness. Increases visibility of NAMI as a resource.

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NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a recovery-focused educational program for adults who wish to establish and maintain wellness in response to mental health challenges. The course provides critical information and strategies related to living with mental illness.

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NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a recovery-focused educational program for adults who wish to establish and maintain wellness in response to mental health challenges. The course provides critical information and strategies related to living with mental illness.

There is no cost to attend Peer-to-Peer, but you must register to participate. To register for the upcoming class complete the form below or call the NAMI Ventura County office, 805-641-2426.

Next Class:
Zoom Online
Orientation: TBD
Fall 2021

NAMI Online Zoom Orientation (Please register to receive zoom link)

*We ask that you please attend the orientation before attending class.*

Class begins: TBD
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

What You Should Expect

  • Eight two-hour sessions, free of charge.
  • Designed for individuals (18 and over) living with mental illness.
  • Taught by a trained team of individuals living in recovery from mental illness.
  • Incorporates presentations, discussion and exercises.
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This training course is for mental health professionals, case managers, residential care givers, front office staff, R.N.’s, psychologists, homeless outreach workers, vocational rehabilitation and job counselors, club house programmers, psychiatrists, therapists, and all those who serve individuals with serious mental illness.
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NAMI Provider Schedule:
Next Provider Education: Tuesday, June 15 (10am-2:30pm) via Zoom

NAMI Provider is a 4-hour staff development program for health care professionals working directly with people experiencing mental illness. It’s important to understand the unique challenges people and families experience when facing a mental health challenge: social isolation, complex family dynamics and the unpredictability of illness.

NAMI Provider:
A seminar for health care providers about the experience of mental illness

This program offers the tools health care professionals need to combine the medical and recovery models of care so you can better serve your clients. It’s designed to help enhance the relationships you have with the person in your care, and with their family. This 4-hour seminar is based on the NAMI Provider curriculum.
Each member of the teaching team has experienced mental illness firsthand as a family member or person with a mental health condition.The three-person teaching team is made up of a mental health professional, a family member, and a person living in recovery. They will help you understand the importance of establishing a partnership with your client and their family to aid them in the journey to wellness and recovery.

The objectives of NAMI Provider are for participants to:

• Understand NAMI’s mission and the types of programs we offer

• Recognize the traumatic impact that mental illness has on the person and the family, even in times of wellness

• View lived experience as an important perspective that enhances the care health care professionals provide

• Learn about the collaborative model of care and how to incorporate it into their treatment services

• Learn the emotional stages of response to mental illness experienced by the individual and their family

• Identify why health care professionals may want to refer families and caregivers to NAMI programs

There is no charge for the class, however, registration is required.

Continuing Education Credits can be provided to the following professionals:

Nursing CE contact hours: Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15325, for up to15 contact hours. Credit provided upon successful completion of all 5 sections (no partial credit available). Provider Name: Ventura County Behavioral Health. (Note: Webinars are 4 CEU hours, 2 day classes are 10 contact hours)

LMFT and LCSW CE contact hours: Course meets the qualifications for up to 15 hours of continuing education credit for LMFT’s and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Must complete all 5 sections (no partial credit available). Provider Name: Ventura County Behavioral Health. Provider number: PCE 4184. (Note: Webinars are 4 CEU hours, 2 day classes are 10 hours of continuing education credit)

Drug and Alcohol Counselor CE contact hours: Provider approved by CAADAC (Provider Number 2C-92-284-0410) and CAADE (Provider number CP10 805 C 0510) for 15 CEH’s. Must complete all 5 sections (no partial credit available). Provider Name: Ventura County Behavioral Health. (Note: Webinars are 4 CEU hours, 2 day classes are 10 CEU’s)

There are three ways to register for Provider Seminar:
Register online with the form below.
Call: (805) 641-2426
Email: info@namiventura.org

Please Note: Space is limited for NAMI Ventura County webinars. If you cannot attend the class after registering, please contact the office to cancel or reschedule.

*NAMI Ventura County expects to offer the classroom-based Provider Education Program when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. In the meantime, NAMI encourages you to register for the Provider Seminar. Please consider taking the 10-hour Provider Education course when it becomes available.

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Stigma is a mark of disgrace that sets a person apart. When a person is labelled by their illness, they are seen as part of a stereotyped group. Negative attitudes create prejudice, which leads to negative actions and discrimination. NAMI Ventura County works hard to eliminate stigma.

What is Stigma?
Stigma is a mark of disgrace that sets a person apart. When a person is labelled by their illness, they are seen as part of a stereotyped group. Negative attitudes create prejudice, which leads to negative actions and discrimination.

Stigma brings experiences and feelings of:

  • Shame
  • Blame
  • Hopelessness
  • Distress
  • Misrepresentation in the media
  • Reluctance to seek and/or accept necessary help


How can we challenge stigma?

  • Learn and share the facts about mental health and illness.
  • Speak up in protest when friends, family, colleagues or the media display false beliefs and negative stereotypes.
  • Offer the same support to people when they are physically or mentally unwell.
  • Don’t label or judge people with a mental illness, treat them with respect and dignity as you would anyone else.
  • Don’t discriminate
  • Talk openly of your own experience with mental illness
  • Host or attend one of NAMI Ventura County’s Stigma Reduction Programs

NAMI Ventura County Stigma Reduction Programs

In Our Own Voice:
A powerful anti-stigma tool to change hearts, minds, and attitudes about mental illness. The program unmasks mental illness, using speaker stories to illustrate the individual realities of living with mental illness. You gain a better understanding of what it is like to live with mental illness and stay in recovery. NAMI In Our Own Voice can change attitudes, preconceived notions and stereotypes regarding mental illness. Learn more…

Ending the Silence:
NAMI Ending the Silence is an in-school presentation about mental health designed for high school students. Students can learn about mental illness directly from family members and individuals living with mental illness themselves. Learn more…

Provider Education:
The NAMI Provider Education program helps people who work with individuals living with mental illness understand the experience of mental illness from individual and family perspectives. Through exposure to personal stories, participants may gain tools that increase their empathy and professional skills thereby improving patient care. Learn more…