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Family to Family Education Program
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.
To view the Family-to-Family course schedule click here.
Testimonial from a NAMI Illinois Family-to-Family Educator
"These classes changed my life when I first took the course myself, and now as a co-teacher, it is a moving experience to see the change in the others in the class."
"One of the students in my class has a doctorate in psychology and has been practicing for 25 years. When I asked them last week just how much of the course material was review and how much was new, I was surprised to hear that 80% was new material!"
"As a guest, we had a social worker and therapist give a short presentation on what services are available in our area. At the end, they asked if anyone in the class had had counseling for themselves or ever went to a support group. Six hands went up. When asked what worked best for them, what personally had helped them most, the rapid response was, "This NAMI course."
Dartmouth IPS Supported Employment Center
June 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NAMI's
Family-to-Family Education program "significantly" improves coping and
problem-solving abilities of family members of individuals living with mental
illness, according to a landmark study published in the current issue of Psychiatric
Services, a journal of the
American Psychiatric Association.
is a free 12-week self-help course offered by the National Alliance on Mental
in which trained instructors who have family members living with mental illness
teach coping and
B. Dixon, M.D., M.P.H., of the University of Maryland
School of Medicine, the study found that the NAMI classes increase
knowledge about mental illness and "empowerment within the family, the
service system and the
program offers "concrete practical benefits" and demonstrates the
value of free,
has long had confidence in Family-to-Family as a signature
and other mental health care workers are often unable to provide enough
study coincides with the 20th anniversary of NAMI's Family-to-Family program. An
estimated 250,000 family members have taken the classes to date.
3,500 trained volunteers teach classes in the
by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH),
the study evaluated the effectiveness of classes in five counties in the
culturally diverse Greater Washington, D.C. and
Baltimore area, involving 318 participants
recruited between 2006 and 2009.
study will be presented at NAMI's
annual convention in
is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to
improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI
has over 1,100 state and local affiliates engaged in research,