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.
The NAMI Family-To-Family Education Program is appropriate for parents, siblings, and significant others of person with severe and persistent mental illness. Individuals who are suffering from one of the major mental illnesses themselves may attend the course if their present condition is stable and they are the primary caregiver of an ill person.
There is no charge for the class, however, registration is required.
Included in the course:
Learning about normal reactions when mental illness strikes a family
Schizophrenia, Major Depression, Mania, Schizoaffective Disorder, getting through a critical period
Types and sub types of Depression and Bipolar Disorder, Panic Disorder, and OCD, telling our stories
The biology of the brain, research, causes, the biology of recovery
Problem solving, setting limits, problem solving skills workshop
What it’s like to have a brain disorder, empathy workshop
How illness interferes with the capacity to communicate, communication skills workshop
Self-care, how to balance our lives
Rehabilitation, a first-person account of recovery
Advocacy, learning how to change the system
Review and certification ceremony