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Family-to-Family Class

 

Our next class will begin Tuesday, January 12th at 6:00 pm via Zoom. The class material is cumulative, so participants should plan on attending all eight classes. Please email education@namibouldercounty.org for more information or to register.

What Is NAMI’s Family-To-Family Program?

The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 8-week course for family caregivers of adults with severe mental illnesses.

  • The course is taught by trained family members
  • All instruction and course materials are free to class participants
  • Over 300,000 family members have graduated from this national program

What does the course include?

  • Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders
  • Up-to-date information about medications, side effects, and strategies for medication adherence
  • Current research related to the biology of brain disorders and the evidence-based, most effective treatments to promote recovery
  • Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness
  • Learning in special workshops for problem solving, listening, and communication techniques
  • Acquiring strategies for handling crises and relapse
  • Focusing on care for the caregiver: coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload
  • Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community
  • Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services.

How can I find a course in my area?

The next Family-to-Family class will be in early 2021.  The class will meet virtually for 8 consecutive weeks. Email education@namibouldercounty.org to register. You may also attend the NAMI Family & Friends 90-minute seminar to learn the basic information that family and friends supporting a loved one with a mental health condition need to know. Find a seminar and register here.

For additional classes offered outside of Boulder County please visit www.nami.org.

“Family members who take the NAMI Family-to-Family course are better equipped to work with mental health clinicians in a collaborative manner. My bottom-line recommendation? Take this course. It will help you learn to cope successfully with a major challenge in your life, and that, in turn, will help your loved one as he or she works toward recovery.”

— Peter Weiden, M.D., author of Breakthroughs in Antipsychotic Medications

Please email education@namibouldercounty.org for more information or to register.

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