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Family-to-Family Education Programs

* Information * Insight *
*Understanding * Empowerment *

IMPORTANT NOTICE: NAMI programs should not be used to replace the specialized training and professional judgment of mental health professionals. We cannot, and will not, assume the role of a physician or therapist. NAMI cannot be held responsible for the use of the information we provide. Please always consult a trained mental health professional before making any decision regarding treatment of yourself or others.

The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a 12-session course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. The course, which was implemented in Yolo County in 1997, is taught by trained family members with all instruction and course materials provided at no cost to class participants. Family-to-Family classes are offered in hundreds of communities across the country, in two Canadian provinces, Puerto Rico and Mexico

Family members of people with serious mental illnesses often experience considerable worry, stress, and the need for information and support as they try to assist their ill relatives and adjust to the changes that serious mental illness brings to the family unit.

Join other family members and friends with similar experiences to learn about:

Information about illnesses of the brain and their treatment
Current information about schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, major depression, bipolar disorder( manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder and co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders.
Up-to-date information about medications, 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.
Coping Skills

Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness.
Learning in special workshops for problem solving, listening, and communication techniques.
Acquiring strategies for handling crises and relapse.
Focusing on care for the caregiver: coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload.
The Power of Advocacy

Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community.
Information on advocacy initiatives designed to e improve and expand services.
The first six classes focus on symptoms of mental illness, basics of brain biology, medications, and crisis management. The second half focuses on empathy, communication skills, rehabilitation and making choices for recovery, and self-care. The class provides family members with an opportunity to reinforce coping skills, to seek emotional support and receive practical help from other family members. Find out more about the course and read personal experiences on the NAMI National website.

Over 80,000 people in the U.S., Canada and Mexico have completed this course. We think that you will be pleased by how much assistance the program offers.

Please note that registration is required. Call 530-756-8181 to register.