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CLASSES

NAMI Family-to-Family

PRESENTATIONS

SUPPORT GROUPS

NAMI Family

Support Group

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

 

CLASSES

NAMI Basics is for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents who have either been diagnosed with a mental health condition or who are experiencing symptoms. This course includes six 2.5-hour classes of instructional material, discussions and interactive exercises to help participants gain a better understanding of mental health conditions and how they can best support their child. Each class is led by 2 co-teachers who have been a parent or primary family caregiver to a person who experienced symptoms of a mental health condition before the age of 13. NAMI Basics is an adaptation of NAMI Family-to-Family.

Who can teach the course?

Any adult who has been a parent or primary family caregiver to a person who experienced symptoms of a mental health condition before the age of 13. The child doesn’t need to have been diagnosed before age 13, and it doesn’t matter how old they are now. NAMI Basics teachers participate in an intensive 2-day training to become certified. All teachers must be members of NAMI and are expected to teach a minimum of two course cycles of NAMI Basics.

POC:  programs@namioklahoma.org

Next training: TBD

NAMI Family-to-Family is for families, partners and friends of people with mental health conditions. The course is designed to help participants gain a better understanding of mental health conditions, improve their coping skills and empower them to advocate for their loved one. Each class is led by 2 co-teachers who are family members of a person with mental illness. It was designated as an evidence-based program by SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) in 2013. The course consists of twelve 2.5-hour sessions.

 

Who can teach the course?

Any adult (18+) who has or had a family member with a mental health condition may apply to become a teacher. All potential teachers are screened to determine whether the opportunity is a good fit for them and for the organization. NAMI Family-to-Family teachers attend an intensive 3-day training to become certified. All teachers must be members of NAMI and are expected to teach a minimum of two course cycles of NAMI Family-to-Family.

UPCOMING TRAINING

Class Dates: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday October 4 – 6, 2019

Times: Friday – 8:30am – 5:30pm

Saturday -8:30am - 5:30pm

Sunday – 8:30am - 2:30pm

Location: Oklahoma City, OK

Register at: http://bit.ly/F2FFall2019

Registration closes on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 or when the class reaches max capacity, whichever is sooner. 

NAMI Homefront is for families, partners and friends of military Service Members and Veterans. The course consists of six 2-hour classes designed to help military/Veteran families understand mental health conditions and improve their ability to support their Service Member. The course is taught by 2 co-teachers who have military connections and are family members of an individual who experiences mental health challenges.  NAMI Homefront is an adaptation of NAMI Family-to-Family.

Who can teach the course?

Any family member, partner or caregiver of a Service Member or Veteran experiencing mental health symptoms may apply to become a NAMI Homefront teacher. All potential teachers are screened to determine whether the opportunity is a good fit for the individual and for the organization. NAMI Homefront teachers attend an intensive 2-day training to become certified. All teachers must be members of NAMI and are expected to teach a minimum of two course cycles of NAMI Homefront.

 

POC:    programs@namioklahoma.org

PRESENTATIONS

NAMI Ending the Silence is a 50-minute in-school interactive presentation that helps teens, ages 13-18, learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps they can take to find support for themselves or their friends. Each presentation is includes an adult lead presenter and a young adult with a mental health condition.

Who can present?

The program is given by a two-person team.  Young adults (18-30) living with a mental health condition in recovery may apply to be a young adult presenter.  Adults who are either a family member or are in recovery with a mental health condition may apply to be trained as a lead presenter. All potential presenters are screened to determine whether the opportunity is a good fit for the individual and for the organization. Potential presenters attend an intensive training to become certified. All presenters must be members of NAMI and are expected to provide a minimum of two NAMI Ending the Silence presentations.

 

POC:    programs@namioklahoma.org

 

NAMI In Our Own Voice is a 60-90-minute presentation designed for the general public. It provides insight into what it’s like to experience a mental health condition. 

Who can present?

Any adult in recovery with a mental health condition may apply to be trained as a presenter for IOOV. All potential presenters are screened to determine whether the opportunity is a good fit for the individual and for the organization. Prospective presenters attend an intensive training to become certified. All presenters must be members of NAMI and are expected to participate in a minimum of two NAMI In Our Own Voice presentations.

 

SUPPORT GROUPS

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a 90-minute weekly or bi-weekly support group for adults (18+) with a mental health condition. Participants gain the support of peers who understand their experience and gain insight into others’ challenges and successes. Each group is confidential and does not recommend or endorse any medications or medical therapies

This support group model encourages full group participation and creates upbeat and constructive meetings

NAMI Connection groups are led by a team of peer facilitators who make mental health and wellness a priority in their daily lives. The facilitators offer encouragement and help the group progress using the structured program model. Facilitators guide participants; they do not instruct nor provide therapy.

 

Who can facilitate the group?

Any adult with a mental health condition who makes mental health and wellness a priority in their daily life can apply to become a NAMI Connection facilitator. All potential facilitators are interviewed and screened to determine whether the opportunity is a good fit for the person and for the organization. Facilitators attend an intensive 2-day peer-led training to become certified and must be members of NAMI. All certified facilitators should commit to a minimum of one year of service with a co-facilitator.

 

Upcoming Connection Support Group Facilitator Training

Class Dates: Friday and Saturday, September 27-28, 2019 

Time: 8:30am - 5:30pm

Location: Oklahoma City, OK

Register at: http://bit.ly/ConnectionsF2019

Registration closes on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 or when the class reaches max capacity, whichever is sooner. 

NAMI Family Support Group is a 60-90-minute weekly or monthly support group for adult friends and family members (18+) of people with mental health conditions. Participants gain support from peers who understand their experience and gain insight into others’ challenges and successes. Each group is led by two loved ones (parent, sibling, caregiver, adult child, spouse or partner) of an individual with a mental health condition, follows a flexible structure, and does not recommend or endorse any medications or therapies. 

Who can facilitate a group?

Any family member of a person who is experiencing or has experienced a mental health condition may apply to become a NAMI Family Support Group facilitator. All potential facilitators are screened to determine whether the opportunity is a good fit for the individual and for the organization. Prospective facilitators attend an intensive 2-day training to become certified. All facilitators must be members of NAMI and are expected to commit to a minimum of one year of service with a co-facilitator.

Upcoming Family Support Group Facilitator Training

Class Dates: Saturday and Sunday, September 21 – 22, 2019

Time: 8:15am - 5:30pm

Location: Oklahoma City, OK

Register at: http://bit.ly/FSGFall2019

Registration closes on September 11, 2019 or when the class reaches max capacity, whichever is sooner.

Guiding Principles of NAMI Programs

Mental health and wellness are 

•        Possible for anyone 

•        An integral part of our overall health 

NAMI programs 

•        Inspire hope through shared stories of recovery and resiliency

•        Are led by peers, people with similar life experience

•        Provide a sense of community 

•        Provide current information about mental health conditions and treatment options 

•        Teach communication and problem-solving skills 

•        Promote resilience, self-care and self-advocacy 

•        Value the unique perspective of each participant

•        Promote inclusion

Recovery is

•        Defined differently by each person 

•        Guided by individual priorities and goals 

•        Strengthened when pursued early in life 

•        Enhanced by support from people with similar life experiences

Shared qualities of NAMI national education programs

•        It’s not necessary for a formal diagnosis to have been made for a person, or their family members, to participate in and benefit from a NAMI program

•        All programs are free to program participants

•        Programs are peer-led, meaning the people leading the program share important life experiences with the participants and speak from the perspective of an equal 

•        NAMI national education programs use a “train the trainer” model. Trainers for the programs complete an intensive training to receive certification. They then train new peer leaders to offer programs in their communities. 

•        The program leaders are screened and trained intensively for their role

•        The programs are built around standardized manuals so that information is presented accurately and in a structured way

Mental health and wellness are 

•        Possible for anyone 

•        An integral part of our overall health 

NAMI programs 

•        Inspire hope through shared stories of recovery and resiliency

•        Are led by peers, people with similar life experience

•        Provide a sense of community 

•        Provide current information about mental health conditions and treatment options 

•        Teach communication and problem-solving skills 

•        Promote resilience, self-care and self-advocacy 

•        Value the unique perspective of each participant

•        Promote inclusion

Recovery is

•        Defined differently by each person 

•        Guided by individual priorities and goals 

•        Strengthened when pursued early in life 

•        Enhanced by support from people with similar life experiences

Shared qualities of NAMI national education programs

•        It’s not necessary for a formal diagnosis to have been made for a person, or their family members, to participate in and benefit from a NAMI program

•        All programs are free to program participants

•        Programs are peer-led, meaning the people leading the program share important life experiences with the participants and speak from the perspective of an equal 

•        NAMI national education programs use a “train the trainer” model. Trainers for the programs complete an intensive training to receive certification. They then train new peer leaders to offer programs in their communities. 

•        The program leaders are screened and trained intensively for their role

•        The programs are built around standardized manuals so that information is presented accurately and in a structured way

Mental health and wellness are 

•        Possible for anyone 

•        An integral part of our overall health 

NAMI programs 

•        Inspire hope through shared stories of recovery and resiliency

•        Are led by peers, people with similar life experience

•        Provide a sense of community 

•        Provide current information about mental health conditions and treatment options 

•        Teach communication and problem-solving skills 

•        Promote resilience, self-care and self-advocacy 

•        Value the unique perspective of each participant

•        Promote inclusion

Recovery is

•        Defined differently by each person 

•        Guided by individual priorities and goals 

•        Strengthened when pursued early in life 

•        Enhanced by support from people with similar life experiences

Shared qualities of NAMI national education programs

•        It’s not necessary for a formal diagnosis to have been made for a person, or their family members, to participate in and benefit from a NAMI program

•        All programs are free to program participants

•        Programs are peer-led, meaning the people leading the program share important life experiences with the participants and speak from the perspective of an equal 

•        NAMI national education programs use a “train the trainer” model. Trainers for the programs complete an intensive training to receive certification. They then train new peer leaders to offer programs in their communities. 

•        The program leaders are screened and trained intensively for their role

•        The programs are built around standardized manuals so that information is presented accurately and in a structured way