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Peer To Peer: NAMI's Recovery Curriculum

What is NAMI's Peer-to-Peer Program?


Peer-to-Peer is a unique, learning program for people with any serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their health and wellness on their journey to recovery.


The course was written by Kathryn Cohan McNulty, a person with a psychiatric disability who is also a former provider and manager in the mental health field and a longtime mutual support group member and facilitator.  An advisory board comprised of NAMI consumer members, in consultation with Joyce Burland, Ph.D., author of the successful NAMI Family-to-Family education program, helped guide the curriculum's development.  

What does the course include?

Peer-to-Peer is a nine week two-hour recovery course, taught by a team of three trained "Mentors" who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness.
Mentors under go an intense 3 day training session, supplied with teaching manuals.  They receive a stipend for each course they successfully teach. 
Participants come away from the course with a binder full of tangible resources: an advance directive; a "relapse prevention plan" to help identify feelings, thoughts, behaviors, or events that may warn of impending relapse.
It also provides them with many coping strategies and enjoyable mindfulness exercises.

The Peer-to-Peer Education Course is offered free of charge to people who experience mental illness.  If you are looking for effective tools to assist you in maintaining your health and wellness, this is the education course for you.  You do not need to be a member of NAMI to take the course, however membership is always welcome.


For Information Call...

NAMI Illinois (800)-346-4572 




How do I find a Peer-to-Peer course in my area?

Upcoming classes in an affiliate near you...


Please check back soon.  We are updating and completing the course list.

 March 16, 2015

Granite City, IL  call 618-798-9788

6-8 p.m.

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Please take a moment to see up close what happens when you take a Peer-to-Peer class. 

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View the Peer-to-Peer Outreach Video


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Download the Peer-to-Peer brochure


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Read Donna's story

An article by Donna Rosati about her experience with recovery and NAMI’s Peer-to-Peer Education Course.


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NAMI Pilot Training

Read an article about the new Peer-to-Peer Spanish program from NAMI.