Adult & Family Programs

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Adult & Family Programs

Education can empower individuals, their families and caregivers to move from a common initial reaction of confusion and despair to one of understanding, insight, hope and action. Learning the truths about mental health and the systems that serve and support individuals living with mental illness are the keys to recovery and ending stigma. NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania offers a variety of programs to help individuals and families who are affected by mental illness.

For scheduling and additional information, contact Susan Caban at or (412) 366-3788.

NAMI Family-to-Family Program

NAMI Family-to-Family is a 12-week course for families, partners, and friends of adult individuals living with mental health issues. This course is designed to facilitate a better understanding of mental illness, increase communication and coping skills, and empower participants to become advocates for their family members. This peer-led program was designated as an evidence-based program by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

If you would like to be placed on the contact list for September 2017 classes, email with your contact information. Click for more information about the NAMI Family-to-Family Program.


SOUTH HILLS: Classes held once a week beginning Tuesday, September 12, 6:30-9:00 pm. Beth El Congregation, 1900 Cochran Road, (near intersection of Cochran & Cochran Roads).

ROSS TOWNSHIP: Classes held once a week beginning Monday, September 11, 6:30-9:00 pm. 105 Braunlich Drive, Suite 230, (off of McKnight Road).

Become a Certified NAMI Family-to-Family Teacher

In this 3-day training, you will learn how to teach an evidence-based, peer education program to family members who have a loved one living with mental illness. If you are a graduate of the NAMI Family-to-Family program (not a prerequisite) and would like to see this program continue, please consider volunteering your time as a teacher. Download an application for Teacher Training or contact Susan Caban for more information.


  • A current NAMI member
  • A family member of an adult individual with a mental health diagnosis
  • Willing to undergo a 3-day teacher training and maintain program model when teaching
  • Good listener with empathetic ear, respond in non-judgmental way, be willing to speak about your own experience as a family member
  • Commitment to teach 2 NAMI Family-to-Family courses

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy: Telling your Story

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is a 6.5-hour skill-building workshop that assists individuals with developing an effective way to tell their stories and present the facts to encourage legislative action. The curriculum includes three main components and can be presented individually: Telling your Story, Contacting your Policymaker, and Meeting your Policymaker.

NAMI In Our Own Voice: Living with Mental Illness

NAMI In Our Own Voice presentations change attitudes, assumptions, and stereotypes through the power of personal stories. This free, 90-minute, interactive presentation provides audiences a first-hand account of what it’s like to live with a mental health diagnosis while offering hope and providing insight into the fact that recovery is possible for people with mental illness.

NAMI IOOV presentations provide:

  • A first-hand account of what it’s like to live with a mental illness. Presenters humanize this misunderstood topic by demonstrating that it’s possible—and common—to live well with mental illness.
  • A chance to ask the presenters questions, which allows for a deeper understanding of mental health conditions and dispels stereotypes and misconceptions.
  • The understanding that hope and recovery are possible for individuals who have a mental health diagnosis.

Download an IOOV Information Flyer for more information. If you would like to host a presentation for your group, please contact Susan Caban at 412-366-3788 or


To become an IOOV presenter, individuals must complete a mandatory, two-day training. The training will prepare individuals, using NAMI’s IOOV format, to speak publicly about their illness and the important steps that they have taken on their journey to recovery. Upon completion of the training, presenters will be asked as representatives of NAMI, to share their story with various groups. Trained IOOV presenters will receive stipends from NAMI for each approved, scheduled presentation.

In Our Own Voice Presenter Training | Monday, Sept. 18 and Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.
NAMI Keystone PA Office, 105 Braunlich Drive, Pittsburgh, 15237.

Download and submit an IOOV Presenter Application. Contact Susan Caban at 412-366-3788 for more information and additional trainings.

Custom Presentations

Custom presentations are available upon request for your group or organization. Sample topics include: Mental Health in the Workplace: What Supervisors Need to Know and It’s a Family Affair: What Makes A Family Strong. Call (412) 366-3788 for more information.

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