National Alliance on Mental Illness
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The 12 week Family to Family class will be starting Thursday Jan 15 and run through Thursday April 2, 2015, 7-9:30, in an Albany locatiion. 

Teachers will be Liz Rebensdorf and Renwicke Vittito.



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Call FERC at 1-888-896-3372 for information about other Alameda County classes.  As of this writing, other classes are scheduled to be held in Fremont (Jan 4-March 22),  Eastmont Mall/Oakland (March 20-June 5), Union CIty (Aug 28-Nov 13), Oakland/Spanish (Sept 2-Nov 18), Union City (Sept 6-Nov 22).  For information about classes scheduled in Contra Costa County, contact NAMI Contra Costa at 925-465-3864.


The twelve sessions of NAMI FAMILY-TO-FAMILY Education Program are presented by a team of NAMI East Bay volunteer, specially trained family members.  This Program is offered up to two times a year. Classes meet weekly. You must be at least fourteen and have a mentally ill relative or significant other to qualify. NAMI membership is not required.

The Program provides education about major mental illnesses, medications and the brain, and skills training in communicating, problem solving, empathy and self-care. It provides support through networking with others who have mentally ill loved ones, and offers resource options in the community. Understand more about how to live with mental illness in someone you love and how to better support both them and yourself.  Family members are their ill loved one's most important resource. Education and support are your tools.

     Course includes:

*Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression),  panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders and addictions.

*Up-to-date information about medication side effects and strategies for medication adherence.

*Current research related to the biology of brain disorders and the evidence-based, most effective treatments to promote recovery.

*Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness.

*Learning in special workshops about problem solving, listening and communication techniques.

*Acquiring strategies for handling crises and relapse.

*Focus on care for the caregiver - coping with worry, stress and emotional overload

*Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community

*Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services.



Weekly topics:

1- Introduction

2- Schizophrenia, Major Depression, Mania, Schizoaffective Disorder

3- Mood Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Dual Diagnoses

4- Basics about the Brain 

5- Problem Solving Skills Workshop

6- Medication Review

7- Inside Mental Illness

8- Communication Skills Workshop

9- Self-care

10- Vision and Potential of Recovery

11- Advocacy

12- Review, Sharing, Evaluation, Party.

Related Files

Psychiatric Times, 10/07 review of F2F (Word Document)