NAMI Basics in Guilford for Parents/Primary Caregivers
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NAMI Basics in Guilford for Parents/Primary Caregivers

Free 6-session education program specifically for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents experiencing mental health challenges. NAMI Basics provides you with skills, knowledge and a community of people who can relate to your experience. Sessions are 2 ½ hours long and delivered by trained family members who will guide you on how to better understand and support your child while maintaining your own well-being and that of the rest of the family.

9/29/2016
When: Thursdays, September 29 - November 3, 2016
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Where: Teachers will contact you with directions.
Guilford, Maine 
United States
Contact: Beth or Roy
(207) 924-7903 or 1-800-464-5767, x2312


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Upon completion of the registration form, a NAMI Basics teacher will contact you for a brief phone call to review what to expect from the course, confirm that the class will meet your needs, and provide additional training logistics, such as the location and schedule.  You can join up to the second (2nd) class. 

For Any Parent or Primary Caregiver of a Child or Adolescent Living with a Mental Health Challenge.  Basics can also be offered to providers only.

 NAMI Basics is

  • An interactive six-session course designed for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents living with a mental health condition.
  • Available free of charge to participants.
  • Delivered in a series of weekly consecutive classes or multiple times per week, to accommodate the time constraints faced by families of children and adolescents.  Sessions are 2 ½ hours long.
  • Taught by trained teachers who are also parents or other family caregivers of children who developed the symptoms of emotional or behavioral disturbances before the age of 13.

NAMI Basics offers education and support. Taught by parents who have lived similar experiences with their own children, NAMI Basics is an educational program that provides learning and practical insights for families. Course elements include:

  • The trauma of mental illness, emotional/behavioral diagnosis for the child and the family
  • The biology of mental illness: getting an accurate diagnosis
  • The latest research on the medical aspects of the illness and advances in treatment
  • An overview of treatment options – treatment works
  • The impact of a child’s mental illness on the rest of the family – caregivers and siblings
  • An overview of the systems involved in caring for children and teens

 For more information contact Christine Canty Brooks at ccantybrooks@namimaine.org, (800) 464-5767 ext. 2305.