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Education Programs

NAMI of Marion County offers many education programs through the year, including NAMI training classes and multiple special presentations beneficial to our membership. Class sizes are limited. Each program has attendance criteria to optimize its effectiveness.

For information, class dates, locations, and registration call (352) 368-2405 or send us a message.

Names will be added to a waiting list and they will be notified when a new class is starting.

NAMI Homefront is a free, six-session class for family, friends and significant others of Military Service Members and Veterans. The class helps families comprehend what the Military Service Member/ Veteran is experiencing related to trauma, combat stress, civilian life, PTSD and other mental health conditions. Topics covered include mental health, communication, handling crises, treatment, and recovery.

Learn more about this online program by clicking here.

NAMI Peer-To-Peer Program

We provide an 8-week experiential course on recovery for any person with serious mental illness who is interested in establishing and maintaining wellness. The course is taught by trained “mentors”, or peer-teachers, who are themselves experienced at living well with mental illness.

The course is similar to NAMI’s Family-to-Family Education Course, in that it is based upon the idea that living with mental illness is, among many other things, an experience of trauma, and the recovery path occurs in predictable stages. The course is designed to offer an opportunity for growth regardless of individual stage, and the diversity of experience among course participants helps move the course along. Courses are taught by teams of three trained “mentors” or Peer-teachers, who are themselves experienced at living well with mental illness.

The course uses a combination of lecture, interactive exercises and structured group processes to promote awareness, provide information, and offer opportunities to reflect on the impact of mental illness as it expresses itself uniquely through each participant’s life. Individual relapse prevention plans are devised to help participants gain knowledge, insight and coping strategies for living with their disorders. Each week builds upon the previous week’s explorations, bringing participants through a progression of awareness that has its roots in the universals of experience associated with the process of recovery with serious mental illness.

NAMI Family-To-Family Education Program

Taught by trained volunteers, NAMI Marion County provides an intensive twelve-week program for families to teach them the knowledge and required skills to cope with their loved ones affected by mental illness, facilitate the treatment process, and contribute to the return to health. This program is free for families who have relatives with serious mental illnesses. This program is also taught in Spanish.

The NAMI Family-To-Family Education Program is a new concept in education for families of loved ones who are affected by serious mental illness: schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), panic disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder. The course was written by experienced family members and mental health professionals, and is taught by family members who have completed the course and are specially trained to teach the course to others.

Week One
Learning about normal reactions when mental illness strikes a family

Week Two
Schizophrenia, Major Depression, Mania, Schizoaffective Disorder, getting through a critical period

Week Three
Types and sub types of Depression and Bipolar Disorder, Panic Disorder, and OCD, telling our stories

Week Four
The biology of the brain, research, causes, the biology of recovery

Week Five
Problem solving, setting limits, problem solving skills workshop

Week Six
Medication Review

Week Seven
What it’s like to have a brain disorder, empathy workshopWeek Eight
How illness interferes with the capacity to communicate, communication skills workshop

Week Nine
Self-care, how to balance our lives

Week Ten
Rehabilitation, a first-person account of recovery

Week Eleven
Advocacy, learning how to change the system

Week Twelve
Review and certification ceremony

If you are interested in attending the NAMI Family-To-Family Education Course, please click here.

NAMI Basics – NAMI Sponsored Classroom Training
Taught by trained family members or caregivers for individuals with a child that has symptoms of a mental illness, this class will provide basic information necessary for the parent or caregiver to take the best care possible of their child, other family members and themselves, as well as coping with the impact that mental illness has on a child and the family.

The course and all materials are offered free of charge.

For more information and a more detailed class description Click Here.

NAMI Provider – NAMI Sponsored Classroom Training
A 5-week educational program for mental health service providers and emergency responders, techs and nurses. The program is presented by consumers, professionals and family members.

12.5 CEUs are available for attending this course and also offers 20 hours of in-service training to line staff at mental health agencies, medical providers and first responders including EMTs and law enforcement.

For more information and a more detailed program description Click Here.

Speakers Available
NAMI will provide speakers to present an overview of Mental Illness, effects on the community, and basic information about how the brain works, and breaks, resulting in the onset of symptoms diagnosed as Mental Illnesses.

Special Presentations
NAMI of Marion County hosts sessions, approximately monthly, to present subjects of interest to our membership. Sessions are announced through our newsletter, at support meetings, and through special announcements.

Special Events
In celebration of holidays, or simply for a happy time, NAMI of Marion County hosts social events including holiday meals, multiple social or sports activities, and visits to Marion County’s beautiful parks.

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