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NAMI Basics Education Program

The fundamentals of caring for you, your family and your child with a mental illness

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Chester County) is offering a new program designed specifically for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents.

Topics covered will include:

  • Recognition of the child’s mental illness as a continuing traumatic event for the child and the family.
  • Sensitivity to subjective emotional issues faced by family caregivers and well children in the family.
  • Recognition of the need to help reduce the day-to-day burdens of care and management.
  • Gaining confidence and stamina for what could be a lifelong role of family understanding and support.
  • Empowerment of caregivers as effective advocates for their children. 

The learning format is instructional material, discussions and interactive exercises.  Many family members will find great support and camaraderie during the course of the class, not to mention valuable community resources designed to help maintain the health of the family and the child with a mental illness.

Current information will be provided about:

Attention Deficit Disorder, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Childhood Schizophrenia and Substance Abuse Disorders.

NAMI Basics classes are free!!

The 2½-hour classes run for six weeks.


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