NAMI is committed to offering free, peer-led mental health education programs to the local community. In our signature NAMI-developed education classes, trained NAMI volunteers combine their lived experiences with the most current information on mental illness, treatment options and recovery/support strategies to create an interactive, supportive and hope-based learning environment. Read on to learn more about the classes offered by NAMI Santa Clara County.

FAMILY-TO FAMILY

NAMI Family-to-Family is an educational course for family, caregivers and friends of individuals living with mental illness. Classes are offered in English, Spanish, Mandarin and Korean. In general, 12-week education sessions are held in January, April and September of each year.

What You Should Expect

  • Meets once a week for 12 sessions, 2.5 hours each, and is free of charge.
  • Designed for loved ones (over age 18) of individuals living with mental illness.
  • Taught by trained family members of individuals living with mental illness.
  • Provides critical information and strategies related to caregiving.
  • Incorporates presentations, discussion and exercises.
  • Designated an Evidence Based Practice in 2013 by SAMHSA.

 

BASICS

NAMI Basics is a free, 6-week education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens whom are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or whom have already been diagnosed. Classes are offered in English. In general, 6-week sessions are held in April and September of each year.

What You Should Expect

  • Meets once a week for 6 sessions, 2.5 hours each, and is free of charge.
  • Designed for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illness.
  • Taught by a team of trained teachers who are family caregivers of individuals who developed symptoms of mental illness as children.
  • Provides critical information and strategies related to caregiving.
  • Incorporates presentations, discussion and interactive exercises.

 

PEER-TO-PEER

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a recovery-focused educational program for adults who wish to establish and maintain wellness in response to mental health challenges. The course provides critical information and strategies related to living with mental illness. Classes are offered in English and Spanish. In general, 10-week sessions are held in January, March, April, July, August and September of each year.

What You Should Expect

  • Meets once a week for 10 sessions, 2 hours each, and is free of charge.
  • Designed for individuals (18 and over) living with mental illness.
  • Taught by a trained team of individuals living in recovery from mental illness.
  • Incorporates presentations, discussion and exercises.

 

PROVIDER EDUCATION

The NAMI Provider Education program helps people who work with individuals living with mental illness understand the experience of mental illness from individual and family perspectives. Through exposure to personal stories, participants may gain tools that increase their empathy and professional skills thereby improving patient care. Classes are offered in English. In general, 5-week sessions are held in January, March, April, June, July, August and October of each year.

What You Should Expect

  • Meets once a week for 5 sessions, 2.5 hours each, and is free of charge.
  • Additional course format options are available if necessary.
  • Designed for people who work directly with individuals living with mental illness
  • Includes emergency room staff, social workers, law enforcement, guidance counselors, public defenders, peer specialists and more.
  • Taught by a trained team representing a spectrum of lived experience of mental illness.
  • Incorporates lectures, discussion and interactive exercises.
  • Includes Competent Caring: Psychiatric Emergency Response Training for Health Care Staff.

 

HOMEFRONT

NAMI Homefront was developed to meet the unique needs of families of our service members and veterans who are living with mental health conditions. It is a 6-session adaptation of the evidence-based NAMI Family-to-Family program.

NAMI began offering NAMI Family-to-Family in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities around the country in 2000 to address the emotional toll of loving a service member or veteran with a mental health condition and the impact those symptoms can have on everyone around them. NAMI uses a peer education model to ensure love and respect for everyone involved — the individual living with the illness and the family members. NAMI Santa Clara County is currently participating in Pilot program which ends October 27, 2016. Class is offered in English.

What You Should Expect

  • Six 2.5-hour sessions of instructional materials, discussions and interactive exercises that may be delivered as a series of consecutive weekly classes or twice per week on consecutive weeks (e.g., twice on Saturday with a break for lunch or Tuesday and Thursday for three consecutive weeks) to accommodate busy schedules.
  • Designed for loved ones (over age 18) of veterans or active service members living with mental illness.
  • Information on how to access programs, benefits and resources for service members and veterans is included in the General Resources section of the NAMI Homefront program manual.

 

CLASES DE EDUCACIÓN EN ESPAÑOL

NAMI ofrece las siguientes clases de educación en español: