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' eight 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 interact 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 requirements:
- 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. When scheduled, 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, when active.
- Attend the 2-day Guide Training. When scheduled, 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.
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.