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Training Opportunities

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!       

 

Basics        Family to Family        Family Support         Connections   In Our Own Voice    Ending the Silence

   

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.   

Please make a donation today to NAMI Illinois

                                                                                          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basics Teacher Basics Teacher Requirements

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:

·         Be the parent or other primary caregiver of an individual who began experiencing symptoms prior to the age of 13 (it is not necessary that the child have been formally diagnosed prior to 13).  It is important that all individuals trained in this curriculum have lived through the experiences of having a young child with a mental illness.

  ·         Be at a point in their life where they are familiar and comfortable with the emotional issues families face and can self-disclose about their own feelings of guilt, anger, shame, ambivalence and grief regarding their life situation. 

·         Be willing to participate in an intensive weekend training on how to teach the curriculum.

         ·         Be willing to make the commitment to participants in the course, the co-leader and to the NAMI organization to complete the 6-week course once it begins.

         ·         Must be a member of NAMI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IOOV Presenter Requirements

“In Our Own Voice” is a premiere education program which trains persons with mental illnesses to speak to community audiences about their experiences with brain disorders, treatment and recovery.  Presentations must be done by a team of two NAMI Illinois members who are trained presenters.   Presenters receive a $30 stipend and mileage reimbursement from their affiliate for each presentation. 

“In Our Own Voice” is a practical tool to educate and increase awareness about the true nature of brain disorders, commonly known as mental illnesses.  This presentation covers issues frequently faced by people with severe mental illnesses:

·        Dark Days

·        Acceptance

·        Treatment

·        Coping Strategies

·        Successes, Hopes, and Dreams

Presenters should be comfortable in speaking to audiences about their individual recovery story in all 5 of the above areas.

 

 

 

 

 

Connection Recovery Support Group Facilitator Requirements

NAMI 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.  Each group: 

·        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 education al format

·        Does not recommend or endorse any medications or other medical therapies…

Trainees should be in solid recovery and willing to commit to facilitating and maintaining, for at least one year, a Connection Group in their community.  

All 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 before training.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family-to-Family Teacher Requirements

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:

           Job Requirements:

ü       Willingness to undergo training and adhere to fidelity of program model is required

ü       Commitment to teach two 12-week Family-to-Family Courses 

ü       Ability to provide course data as required

ü       Willingness to identify potential new teachers from education courses

ü       Willingness to promote NAMI membership to course participants

ü       Member of NAMI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Support Group Facilitator Requirements

As 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 illnesses.  

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.

 

Job Requirements:

ü       Willingness to undergo training and adhere to fidelity to program model is required

ü       Commitment to facilitate a support group monthly for a minimum of one year

ü       Ability to provide group participant data as required

ü       Willingness to identify potential new facilitators from their support groups

ü       Positive regard for, or personal experience with mutual support

ü       Member of NAMI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ending the Silence Presenters:

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.

o Young 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.