Adult & Family Programs


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 Southwestern PA 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

A 12-week course for families, partners and friends of individuals (ages 18+) 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 call/email list once the schedule is made, email with your contact information.  Click for more information about the NAMI Family-to-Family Program.

NAMI Family-to-Family Teacher Training:
February 17-19, 2017 (Pittsburgh) and March 3-5, 2017 (Harrisburg)

Are you a family member who is interested in learning how to co-teach the 12-week Family-to-Family education program? This is an opportunity to give back by providing this course to other families in need. Qualifications: You must be a family member of individual who has a mental health diagnosis and it is preferred that you are a graduate of the Family-to-Family course. For more information, contact Susan Caban at (412) 366-3788 or email

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy: Telling your Story

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

A 90-minute interactive, multimedia presentation by individuals living with mental illness that promotes awareness of mental illness and provides insight into the recovery now possible for people with mental illness. Appropriate audiences are: community members, individual and family members, law enforcement, classrooms, employers and employees, and community and faith organizations.

In Our Own Voice flyer 

Custom Presentations

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.

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