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Family to Family Classes

Schedule for Winter Family to Family Classes

Teachers: Tammy Pedersen and Nadine Younger

Dates:   January 21st-Feb 25th     Day/Time: Saturdays, 10am-2pm

Location:  Albany General Hospital, Community Room 2

Classes and materials are provided at no  to class participants but preregistration is required.

Resource person: LaWanda Embry

Preregistration is required to enroll in classes.  To register contact LaWanda Embry:  541-248-3709

What is NAMI’s Family-to-Family Program?

  • The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals 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

 


A tribute video containing moving testimonials about the NAMI Family-to-Family program from family members and course instructors.


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?

View the current Family-to-Family course schedule on our Calendar.

For further information, please inquire by contacting namieducation@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

 

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