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Basics: New Study on the Importance of Education and Support
is pleased to announce the publication of a recent research study on the NAMI
Basics Education Program in the Journal
of Child and Family Studies. The study was conducted in collaboration
with NAMI Mississippi and NAMI Tennessee between 2008 and 2010 and found that NAMI
Basics produces “significant improvement” for families in communication
and coping skills.
the study found that:
|Parents and caregivers who participated in the study reported improvements
in self-care and empowerment, based on information and about resources,
parenting strategies and self-advocacy.
|Participants “also experienced a reduction in inflammatory
communications,” through control of anger, preemption of problems and
being highly specific about expectations.
|Participants did not report changes in “affirmational communications”
within the family. However, this may simply reflect the emphasis of the
Basics is now available in 36 states. To see the complete study please visit the
Basics Web page.
NAMI Basics Education Program
The fundamentals of caring for you, your family and
your child with mental illness
What is NAMI Basics?
NAMI Basics is the new signature education
program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with
mental illnesses. The program was developed around elements that have been
extensively tested and found to be highly effective in the field, including:
|Recognition of mental illness as a continuing
traumatic event for the child and the family
|Sensitivity to the subjective emotional issues
faced by family caregivers and well children in the family
|Recognition of the need to help ameliorate the
day-to-day objective burdens of care and management
|Gaining confidence and stamina for what can be
a lifelong role of family understanding and
|Empowerment of family caregivers as effective
advocates for their children|
The NAMI Basics course is taught by trained
teachers who are the parent or other caregivers of individuals who developed the
symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13 years. All instruction
and course materials are free to class participants.
What are the goals of the NAMI Basics program?
- To give the parent/caregiver the fundamental
information necessary to be an effective caregiver.
- To help the parent/caregiver cope with the
traumatic impact that mental illness has on the child living with the
illness and the entire family.
- To provide tools for the parent/caregiver to
use even after completing the program that will assist in making the best
decisions possible for the care of the child.
- To help the parent/caregiver take the best
care possible of the entire family – especially themselves.
What does the course include?