Basics Training Application

Training Location:
Application Deadline: January 1, 1970

Training Schedule:
January 1, 1970
January 1, 1970
January 1, 1970
NAMI Basics is:
A signature education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. It focuses on the fundamentals of caring for the parent or caregiver, others in the family, and the child living with mental illness.

About This Training

Participants will learn the necessary skills to conduct a rigorous and effective 6-week course in your community. Topics covered in the training include:
  • Recognizing mental illness as a continuing traumatic event for the child and the family
  • Facing the emotional issues and objective burdens faced by family caregivers and others in the family
  • Giving confidence to foster family understanding and support; and empowering family caregivers to become effective advocates for their children.
The class uses a guided group process to help families gain practical insight, obtain important information about research and resiliency, and increase their emotional learning skills.

By taking this training you are committing to co-teach the Basics course, consisting of 6 weeks of material, at least twice in a 24-month period in cooperation with your local NAMI affiliate.

You will need to register and interview all prospective students before the class. Each weekly class requires a lot of pre-class preparation. In some affiliates, the teacher also needs to find a location for the classes and take care of advertising and publicity. You will be required to send periodic reports to State and National for their recordkeeping and upload data into the National NAMI Education Data tracking program. The classes involve reading aloud from NAMI course materials so applicants need to be comfortable with this.

NAMI Washington will cover the cost of all training materials, food, and lodging. Your NAMI affiliate is asked to cover your travel expenses. Lodging will be at a nearby hotel, and is double occupancy, which means you will be sharing a room with another attendee. If you require single occupancy, arrangements will need to be made prior to your attendance, and there will be additional costs which will be the responsibility of the attendee.

In order to reserve a space, a $50 refundable registration deposit from your affiliate is required at the time of registration. If you need to cancel after being accepted, notify the NAMI Washington staff, no later than a week before the training so we can fill your spot, or your affiliate will lose its $50 registration deposit. Cancelled spots are filled with applications from the waiting list for the class, not by sending another affiliate member.

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