Education & Classes
NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people living with mental illness. It is a designated evidenced-based program. Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition.
NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises.
What You’ll Gain
NAMI Family-to-Family not only provides critical information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, but you’ll also find out that you’re not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope.
The group setting of NAMI Family-to-Family provides mutual support and shared positive impact—you can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. You can also help others through your own experience. In the program, you’ll learn about:
How to manage crises, solve problems and communicate effectively
Taking care of yourself and managing your stress
Developing the confidence and stamina to provide support with compassion
Finding and using local supports and services
Up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain
Current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects
The impact of mental illness on the entire family
What People are Saying
“Before I took the course, I felt alone and overwhelmed dealing with my daughter’s mental illness. By taking this course, I have met others who are going through the same things I am and have learned about many resources that I never knew existed.”
“I thought my wife and I knew just about everything there is to know about the system and the illness. Boy, were we wrong. Without a doubt, this is the best support course I have had the privilege of taking part in, bar none.”
Sign Up January 2018 Family classes
WHAT: NAMI Family-to-Family 6 Week Class
WHEN: Saturdays Jan. 20, 27; February 3, 10, 17, and 24
TIME: 10:00am – 3:00pm (some days may be shorter)
WHERE: Songbird Village Community Room
215 21st Avenue SE, Albany, OR 97321
PROVIDED: Lunch, Snacks, Class Materials
To register for the class contact:
Lisa Pattishaw: 541-908-6110
Pre-registration is required
For more information call NAMI Mid-Valley: 541-745-2064
NAMI Family-to-Family is a class for families, partners and friends of individuals with mental illness. The course is designed to facilitate a better understanding of mental illness, increase coping skills and empower participants to become advocates for their family members. This program was designated as an evidence-based program by SAMHSA.
NAMI Mid-Valley will begin an 11 week Family to Family class in Corvallis in January 2017. For information about time and location please email our Education Director, Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-745-2064.
NAMI Basics is a free, 6-week education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens who are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or whom have already been diagnosed. NAMI Basics is offered in a group setting so you can connect with other people face-to-face.
You’ll learn the facts about mental health conditions and how best to support your child at home, at school and when they’re getting medical care. Last year, 99% of participants told us they would recommend the program to other parents.
The course is taught by a trained team with lived experience—they know what you’re going through because they’ve been there. The 6-session program provides critical strategies for taking care of your child and learning the ropes of recovery.
What You’ll Gain
At NAMI Basics, you’ll find out that you’re not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope. The group setting of NAMI Basics provides mutual support and shared positive impact—you can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. You also can help others with your own experience.
NAMI Basics covers:
Managing crises, solving problems and communicating effectively
How to take care of yourself and handle stress
Developing the confidence and stamina to support your child with compassion
Advocating for your child’s rights at school and in health care settings
Learning about current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects
Gaining an overview of the public mental health care, school and juvenile justice systems
Understanding the challenges and impact of mental health conditions on your entire family
Sign Up for a Class
Fall 2016 Basics Class
Teachers: Lauren and Robin
Dates & Times: Thursdays October 13th & 20th and November 3rd & 10th from 6-8:30pm and Two Saturdays October 22nd & November 12th from 9:30am-12pm.
Location: Grace Lutheran Church, Corvallis
Resource person: Robin Frojen
To Pre-register (required), contact: Robin Frojen: email@example.com or phone Robin @: 541-231-0777
For more information about upcoming classes, dates and location, please email our Education Director, Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org or call NAMI Mid-Valley 541-745-2064.