National Alliance on Mental Illness
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PARENTS AND TEACHERS AS ALLIES
The Greater Orlando area has conducted a pilot educational program for NAMI National. The PARENTS AND TEACHERS AS ALLIES In-Service Program is a team presentation for schoolteachers, guidance counselors and other staff. The presentation is based on the NAMI booklet of the same name written by Joyce Burland, Ph.D. Dr. Burland’s monograph addresses the more common early on-set mental illnesses and the impact on the family that these illnesses have. Our panel of four consists of: an educator who is the parent of a child with early onset mental illness, a Family to Family teacher with a child with early onset, a parent of a child who is currently in school and has early onset, and a consumer who was mentally ill as a child. We share the lived experiences we have had as parents, educators, and consumers and engage the attendees in a dialog about what can be done to improve the lives of children stricken by these brain disorders. The educators we have appeared before have been very receptive and appreciative of our program.