Family To Family
A Free Education Program For Families Dealing With Brain Disorders. Learn about the biology of the brain disorders known as mental illness. Take a fascinating look at some of today's research on brain disorders.
Find the keys to successful problem solving and communication. Attend with other family members in an accepting and confidential setting. Learn how families unite against this disability.
Why Family to Family Education?
A loved one's bewildering, often bizarre behavior . . .Embarrassing social stigma ... Fear... Misplaced guilt ...Confusing medical jargon ... A confusing mental health and support system. These and other realities of dealing with brain disorders--also known as mental illness--can be devastating to a family experiencing them for the first time.
NAMI's mission is to help families cope with these realities. Through the Family to Family program, family members can learn to be effective providers and advocates for an ill relative. Many participants also find the emotional support that is so vital during times of illness and stress.
What Is Family to Family?
The Family to Family Education Program was created by Dr. Joyce Burland, a psychologist and family member. This twelve-class course, especially designed for families experiencing the effects of severe brain disorders, focuses on three major psychiatric illnesses: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (manic depression), and major depression. Treatment strategies and coping skills, including improved communication and problem solving, are covered in the program curriculum.
Classes are team-taught by intensively trained family members. Participants are encouraged to support each other, to be knowledgeable, and to be effective members of a team that includes the family, the consumer, the doctor, and the case manager.
How We Do It
Through twelve classes, covering:
1. Facts and
Feelings - Learning the Difference.
Classes are free and open to anyone with a family member or close friend experiencing mental illness.
While classes are free, REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.