Any peer who successfully completes the requirements can become an Inspiring Minds Guide. Two co-Guides lead participants through the 2-hour class material for each of Inspiring Minds' ten modules. Very detailed instructions in the presentation guides make conducting the class straightforward and doable. Guides set the tone for a comfortable and enjoyable class experience for all present, so it is very important that they are able to do that, as well as interconnect easily with their co-Guide. It is essential that Guides prepare thoroughly for each class, including knowing ahead of time what personal experiences they could share that closely match and illustrate the topic.
Here are the steps:
- Attend the 5 required Inspiring Minds modules: Communication, Boundaries, Self-Esteem, Mindfulness, and Changing Negative Thinking. They can be attended anywhere the course is available; and all of these classes are offered in the 2 weeks prior to any scheduled Guide training. The dates and registration can be found by clicking "more" on the Upcoming Events list at the bottom right of this website's homepage.
- Complete the Guide Information Survey on our website. The link for this is included on the Guide Training registration page.
- Attend the 2-day Guide Training. The dates and registration can be found by clicking "more" on the Upcoming Events list at the bottom right of this website's homepage. Guides will receive a binder that includes the class materials and presentation script for the course.
- Co-Guide with either an instructor or another experienced Guide for the first 10-week course scheduled. This helps new Guides "get their feet wet" without having to shoulder all of the responsibility the first time around. It is required that at least 5 of the 10 classes are conducted this way, and feedback will be offered to support the new Guide moving forward.
- Receive final certification after the first 10-week session as a co-Guide is completed.
After these steps are complete, Guides may schedule a course in their communities, peer centers, agencies, and hospitals. NAMI Maine will provide ongoing support, including class materials and preparing posters, brochures, and flyers for outreach.