The NAMI Family-to-Family education course, NAMI’s flagship signature program, was developed in 1991 by psychologist and family member Dr. Joyce Burland. The 12-session class offers families information about brain biology, mental health conditions, treatment options, communication strategies and what it’s like to experience a mental illness. The course helps family members cope with crises, find balance through self-care and advocate for better treatment and recovery-oriented services for their loved one.
NAMI Family-to-Family is designed for spouses/partners, parents, siblings, adult children and others with a relative who’s dealing with the complex challenges of a mental health condition. NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by families who know what participants are experiencing.
The curriculum includes the following components:
- Twelve 2.5 hour sessions of instructional material, discussions and interactive exercises which may be delivered as a series twice per week on consecutive weeks;
- Course handouts and a Crisis File for families to refer to after completing the program;
- In 2013, the 5th Edition of NAMI Family-to-Family was launched following an extensive outside professional review by a psychiatrist, a specialist in multicultural issues and a policy expert. The curriculum is reviewed annually to ensure the science, language and policy information is current and relevant to families.
In May 2013, the NAMI Family-to-Family program was listed on the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP), a directory of evidence-based programs (EBP) maintained by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA). The scientific evaluation demonstrated that course participants gain a greater understanding of mental illness, cope better with the strains of illness, worry less and feel greatly empowered to navigate the health care and political systems to obtain better treatment and services.
Roger Olson & Sally Hanson, co-founders of NAMI-WRV, Family-to-Family trainers and Family Support Group Facilitators, conduct the course.
CLASS BEGINS: January 29, 2019 (class size is limited)
For additional information or to sign up for this 12-session/6-week class, please Roger at (208) 309-0979.