Family-to-Family Courses and Training
Family-to-Family Teacher Training
Family-to-Family is a free twelve week education course for family members and friends of people living with mental illness. The course is taught by trained NAMI family member volunteers.
The course covers:
- Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, PTSD and other major mental illnesses 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
- Understanding the actual experience of people suffering from mental illness
- Problem solving, listening, and communication techniques
- Strategies for handling crises and relapse
- Suicide prevention
- Recovery and rehabilitation
- Self care for family members: coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload
- Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services in the community
- Information on advocacy to improve services and fight discrimination and stigma
Click here for dates and locations of upcoming Family-to-Family courses offered in Maine. For information on courses that are being planned, or to be put on a waiting list for the next course scheduled closest to you, contact Christine Canty Brooks at NAMI Maine (1-800-464-5767), or email.
Learn to teach Family-to-Family education course. Volunteers needed
If you are a family member and interested in learning to co-teach a Family-to-Family course, NAMI Maine will provide you with formal training, all course materials, and help you get a class started. For more information click here, or call Christine Canty Brooks at NAMI Maine (1-800-464-5767), or email.