"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.
Spring 2015 Class Schedule:
~ Upper St Clair - St Louise de Marillac Church, 320 McMurray Road. Classes begin Wednesday, March 4, 6:30 - 9 pm. Space is very limted.
~ Monroeville - Monroeville United Methodist Church, 219 Center Road. Classes begin Monday, March 9, 6:30 to 9 pm.
~ Ross Township - NAMI Southwestern PA, 105 Braunlich Drive. Classes begin Thursday, March 12, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
~Beaver, Beaver County - NAMI Beaver County Office, 1229 Third Street, Beaver. Classes begin Wednesday, March 4, 6:30 - 9 pm.. Contact Carla at email@example.com or call (724)888-6877 for information and to register.
~ Waynesburg, Greene County - Greene County Edcuation Center of Westmoreland County Community College. Classes TBA. Contact Barbara at (724) 833- 5779 or Teresa (724) 225-1607 for information and to register.
Upcoming Teacher Training Dates: February 20 - 22,2015, Ross Township, PA
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!
Training, materials and meals are provided at no cost to participants. Travel and lodging are not provided.
Teacher Eligibility: Teachers must have the experience of having a loved one in their life with a mental illness. Althought it is not a requirement to have taken the Family-to-Family course before becoming a teacher, it is recommended. No formal teaching experience is required. Teachers are asked to make a commitment to teach a minimum of 2 courses within 2 years of their Teacher certification. Download an application for the Teacher Training. 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.