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 Starts on Monday, March 31st 2014

 Ends on Monday June 23rd 2014

Classes will begin at 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

 Once a week on Monday

Location is in Rio Rancho, NM

 The class will not meet on Memorial Day, May 26th 2014

The course and notebook of materials are free.

Joyce Burland, psychologist has presented this class to over 80,000 people through NAMI affiliates in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.  The course goals are to help family members with emotional understanding, insight, healing, and what can be done to help them when faced with emotional and mental disorders.

Further information for enrollment can be given by calling and leaving a message: (505) 990-2292


Family to Family Education Program

The program is a 12-week course for families of individuals with severe brain disorders (mental illnesses).  Trained family members teach the course and all course materials are furnished at no cost to you.  The class is free.

The curriculum focuses on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (manic depression), clinical depression, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).  The course discusses the clinical treatment of these illnesses and teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively. 

It informs attendees what local services are available, an explanation of medications, treatments that can be selected, learning about current research on brain disorders, uniting with others to work on their disabilities, and be in a sharing and confidential surrounding.  Learning these subjects helps a caretaker to learn to cope and how to better take care of their ill family member.

Course Topics Include: 
1.      Learning about feelings and facts.
2.      Schizophrenia, major depression and mania:  diagnosis and dealing with critical periods.
3.      Subtypes of depression and bipolar disorder, panic disorder and OCD, diagnosis and causes, and sharing our stories.
4.      The biology of the brain/new research.
5.      Problem solving workshop
6.      Medication review.
7.      Empathy workshop what its like to have a brain disorder.
8.      Communication skills workshop.
9.      Self-care and relative groups.
10.    Rehabilitation, services available.
11.    Advocacy, fighting stigma.
12.    Review and certification ceremony. 

Further information for enrollment can be given by calling (505) 990-2292

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