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Please contact NAMI-Linn County to find out which classes are currently running in or planned for your area!

319-221-1184 or 


Current Trainings Are Available in the Linn County, IOWA Local Area For the Following Classes:

Family-to-Family is a 12-week course specifically for family members and significant others of persons with severe and persistent mental illnesses.  Trained NAMI IOWA volunteer family members teach each session.  All course materials and instruction are free.  Although the course is not diagnosis-specific, it covers information about schizophrenia, mood disorders (bipolar disorder and major depression), panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and co-occurring brain and addictive disorders.  The curriculum is written by an experienced family member who is a mental health professional and is regularly updated.  It includes:

  • symptoms and treatments of mental illnesses,
  • brain biology,
  • medications,
  • recovery, and
  • rehabilitation.

Coping skills, self-care, communication skills, problem-solving and advocacy strategies are also vital elements.  Family members achieve greater knowledge, self-efficacy, improved well-being, empowerment, and self-esteem. 


Family-to-Family Teacher Training Course to be held in September in Cedar Rapids 

Location: St. Luke's Hospital, Cedar Rapids
Dates: September 26, 27, and 28, 2014 
Contact: Marijke Hodgson, Education Coordinator, at 800-417-0417 or


Family-to-Family Classes to be held in September in Iowa City

Class begins: September 22, 2014 (Mondays)
Last Class: December 8, 2014
Location: NAMI Johnson County Office, 1105 Gilbert Ct, Iowa City, IA
Class Hours: 6:00-8:30pm (Mondays

Contact: Mary Issah, NAMI Black Johnson County at 319-337-5400 or email:

NAMI Basics is a free, six-session education program for parents, foster parents, and other caregivers of children and adolescents with behavioral issues, undiagnosed emotional issues, attention deficit disorder (ADHD), or other diagnoses such a major depression, bipolar disorder, conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), anxiety disorders, obessive compulsive disorder (OCD), childhood schizophrenia and substance abuse disorders.


Basics Class to be held in September in Cedar Rapids 

Location: 240 33rd Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids, IA
Dates: September 16 through October 21 (Tuesdays)
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Contacts/Teachers: Ruth Hildahl, Phone: (319) 286-4531, Email:, Kelly Bakewell, Email:

No Trainings Available At This Time For the Following Classes:


In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is a 90-minute interactive public recovery education program presented by trained consumers (people with mental illness) to lay audiences, professionals, and other consumers about the reality of living with mental illness and the high potential for recovery. This program also helps to diminish the stigma surrounding those with mental illness. IOOV is an opportunity for those who have struggled with mental illness to gain confidence and to share their individual experiences of recovery and transformation. IOOV presentations are given to consumer groups, students, law enforcement officials, educators, providers, faith community members, politicians, professionals, inmates, and interested civic groups. All presentations are offered free of charge.

The IOOV presentation covers issues frequently faced by those dealing with severe mental illnesses, such as:

  • Dark Days
  • Acceptance
  • Treatment
  • Coping Strategies
  • Successes, Hopes, and Dreams

Peer-to-Peer is a unique, experiential learning program for people with any serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery.  The course includes:

  • 9 two-hour units taught by a team of 3 trained “Mentors” who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness.
  • Mentors are trained in weekend-long training sessions, supplied with teaching manuals, and are paid a stipend for each course they teach.
  • Participants come away from the course with a binder of hand-out materials, as well as many other tangible resources: an advance directive; a “relapse prevention plan” to help identify tell-tale feelings, thoughts, behavior, or events that may warn of impending relapse and to organize for intervention; mindfulness exercises to help focus and calm thinking; and survival skills for working with providers and the general public.

Provider Education is a 10-week course for mental health professionals of public and private agencies who work directly with individuals suffering from severe and persistent brain disorders.  Trained NAMI IOWA volunteer family members, consumers and mental health professionals teach as a team each 3-hour session.  The course reflects a new knowledge base – the “lived experiences” of coping with a brain disorder or caring for someone who struggles with this life-long challenge.  The course helps providers realize the hardships that families and consumers endure and appreciate the courage and persistence it takes to find ways to reconstruct lives which must be lived, through no fault of the consumer or family.  It adds a means of teaching the emotional aspects and practical consequences of these illnesses to the academic medical information in the course.  There is a fee for this training.

NAMI is delighted to announce the expansion of our Parents and Teachers as Allies in-service mental health education program for school professionals.  This 2-hour in-service program focuses on helping school professionals and families within the school community better understand the early warning signs of mental illnesses in children and adolescents and how best to intervene so that youth with mental health treatment needs are linked with services.  It also covers the lived experience of mental illnesses and how schools can best communicate with families about mental health related concerns. 

Hearts and Minds is a NAMI Educational Program promoting the idea of wellness in mind and body for those with serious mental illness.

NAMI Connection is a weekly recovery support group for people living with mental illness in which people learn from each others’ experiences, share coping strategies, and offer each other encouragement and understanding.

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