In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Start making plans now to strengthen your affiliate’s education offerings by carefully recruiting, screening and
selecting your affiliate members for participation in this fall’s statewide training for NAMI Illinois signature programs.
The key to developing and maintaining a strong NAMI affiliate usually lies in the quality (and quantity) of the
programs you offer!
NAMI Signature Program Training Opportunities
For information on training opportunities for NAMI Signature Programs visit http://il.nami.org/education_trainings.htm
Please help us to continue to offer these valuable training opportunities at reduced rates to our participants.
Connection Recovery Support Group Facilitator Requirements
Connection is a recovery support group for people living with mental illness
that is expanding in communities throughout the country. These groups
provide a place that offers respect, understanding, encouragement and hope.
· Is co-facilitated by a team of two trained facilitators
· Meets weekly for 90 minutes
· Is offered free of charge
Follows a flexible structure without an
· Does not recommend or endorse any medications or other medical therapies…
should be in solid recovery and willing to commit to facilitating and
maintaining, for at least one year, a Connection Group in their community.
Trainees must be NAMI members! If they have past leadership or Peer
Support experience, that is icing on the cake. It is recommended that
all facilitators have their location, date and time of their groups in place
The course is designed to be taught using a co-leader training model. Teacher trainings are expensive, time consuming and can be emotionally draining for all involved. In an effort to ensure that only the best candidates participate in the training, NAMI organizations use an application process to select individuals to participate in teacher trainings. Individuals who are interested in being trained to teach the curriculum must meet the following criteria:
undergo training and adhere to fidelity of program model is required
teach two 12-week Family-to-Family Courses
provide course data as required
identify potential new teachers from education courses
promote NAMI membership to course participants
Member of NAMI
one of NAMI’s central missions, support groups are the backbone of grassroots outreach
to individuals coping with the stresses of serious and persistent mental
The NAMI Support Group facilitator training represents a long-held goal—to provide a support group model which will deliver constructive, compassionate assistance to people in need.
undergo training and adhere to fidelity to program model is required
facilitate a support group monthly for a minimum of one year
provide group participant data as required
identify potential new facilitators from their
for, or personal experience with mutual
Utilize the Presenter Screening Tool to select presenters that are a good fit for the program.
o Lead Presenter – An adult who is either a family member or an individual living in recovery with a mental illness.
Gold Standard: Candidate is also a teacher/mentor for NAMI Basics, NAMI Family-to-Family or NAMI Peer-to-Peer.
Silver Standard: Candidate has taken the NAMI Basics, NAMI Family-to-Family or NAMI Peer-to-Peer course.
oYoung Adult Presenter – An adult (ideally 18-35) who is living in recovery with a mental illness and can relate well to youth ages 13-18.
Gold Standard: Candidate is also a NAMI Parents & Teachers as Allies or NAMI In Our Own Voice presenter or participates in another mental health speaker’s bureau.
Silver Standard: Candidate has experience sharing their story in public, participates in another NAMI program or is a member of a mental health awareness club.