National Alliance on Mental Illness
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The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe brain disorders (mental illnesses).  The course is taught by trained family members.  All instruction and course materials are free for class participants.

The Family-to-Family 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.

Classes are offered at various times throughout the year.  Please contact Cy Stanton at 505-321-4522 to make reservations for the next available class.

Schedule of Classes

Class  1:      Introduction to family education

Class  2:      Symptoms of Schizophrenia, Major Depression, Mania, Schizoaffective Disorder, and Getting through Critical Periods of Crisis

Class  3:      Mood Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, Panic Disorder & OCD, Dual Diagnosis, and Telling Our Stories

Class  4:      Basics about brain biology and the causes of brain disorders

Class  5:      Problem Solving Workshop

Class  6:      Medication Review

Class  7:      Empathy:  Inside Mental Illness

Class  8:      Communication Skills Workshop

Class  9:      Self-care

Class 10:      Rehabilitation, Making choices for “recovery”

Class 11:      Fighting Stigma, Advocacy

Class 12:      Evaluation, Certification, and Celebration

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