"Nothing has helped me more over a five year period spent searching for information... I have already recommended it to others and have shared what I have learned."
"I have learned multiple strategies and techniques when dealing with my family member and their illness. I have learned how to take care of myself while becoming a better advocate for my son."
Read a personal account of the class experience from a graduate of NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania's Family-to-Family program: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week , Week 7, Week 8, Week 9, Week 10. Watch a Tribute video that contains testimonials from course instructors and family about the importance of NAMI's Family-to-Family.
If you are the parent, sibling, child, significant other or relative of someone with a severe mental illness, the NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program can help. Sponsored by NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania and NAMI Pennsylvania, Family-to-Family is a 12-week course that focuses on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, co-occurring mental illness and addictive disorders, and borderline personality disorder.
The course discusses the clinical treatment of these illnesses and provides the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively. Participants learn about handling crises and relapses; communication techniques; problem solving and limit setting; stress reduction; medications; community services and support; as well as advocacy. The program is designed for family members, rather than the individuals diagnosed with a major mental illness themselves.
Family-to-Family is offered twice a year, beginning in March and September. The course and its materials are provided at no cost to participants. Each class is limited to 30 participants, and advance registration is required. The classes run once a week in the evening for 12 consecutive weeks. Call NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania (412) 366-3788 or email firstname.lastname@example.org today to learn more and to register for upcoming classes. Download a flyer for more information.
Call NAMI Southwestern PA anytime to be placed on the Call List for upcoming classes, (412) 366-3788. Classes are held once a week for 12 weeks.
Fall 2014 Class Schedule:
~ Waynesburg, Greene County - Greene County Edcuation Center of Westmoreland County Community College. Classes beginTuesday, September 30, 6:30 - 9:00 pm. Contact Barbara at (724) 833- 5779 or Teresa (724) 225-1607 for information and to register.
~ Upper St Clair - St Louise de Marillac Church, 320 McMurray Road. Classes begin Wednesday, September 10, 6:30-9:00 p.m. Class is currently filled, please call to be placed on waiting list.
~ Monroeville - Monroeville United Methodist Church, 219 Center Road. Classes begin Monday, September 8, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
~ Ross Township - NAMI Southwestern PA, 105 Braunlich Drive. Classes begin Monday, September 8, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Class is currently filled, please call to be placed on waiting list.
~Beaver, Beaver County - NAMI Beaver County Office, 1229 Third Street, Beaver. Classes begin Weds., September 10, 6:30 - 9 p.m. Contact Carla at email@example.com or call (724)888-6877 for information and to register.
~ Greensburg - Mental Health America of Westmoreland County, 409 Coulter Avenue. Classes TBA.
Upcoming Teacher Training Dates: February 2015, TBA
If you are a graduate of the NAMI Family-to-Family program and are looking for a rewarding volunteer opportunity, consider becoming a teacher in the nationally recognized NAMI Family-to-Family Education program. This weekend training prepares volunteers who are family members of someone with a mental illness to teach the 12-week Family-to-Family Education course in their community. Here is your chance to "pay it forward" and help others know they are not alone!
You will learn and practice teaching information about major mental illnesses, with a focus on the emotional reactions of family members who have a loved one who is ill. Part of the curriculum includes how to teach coping skills such as handling crisis and relapse; basic information about medications; listening and communication techniques; problem-solving skills; recovery and rehabilitation; and self-care around worry and stress. Training, materials and meals are provided at no cost to participants.
Teacher Eligibility: Teachers must have the experience of having a loved one in their life with a mental illness. It is not a requirement to have taken the Family-to-Family course before becoming a teacher, but it is strongly recommended. Teachers are asked to make a commitment to teach a minimum of 2 courses within 2 years. No formal teaching experience is required. Download a sample of the training agenda. Call (412) 366-3788 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information about the training.
Opportunity to become a teacher for the Spanish speaking Family-to-Family Program. Please contact NAMI Southwestern PA at (412) 366-3788 or email email@example.com for more information.