January 1, 1970
January 1, 1970
January 1, 1970
NAMI Family-To-Family program is:
NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 8-week education program for family, partners, friends, and
significant others of adults living with mental illness. The course is designed to help all
family members understand and support their loved one living with mental illness, while
maintaining their own well-being. The course includes information on illnesses such as
schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and other mental health conditions. Thousands
of families describe the program as life-changing. The program is taught by trained teachers who
are also family members and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness.
Participants will learn the necessary skills to conduct a rigorous and effective 8-week
course in your community. Topics covered in the training include critical information and
strategies related to care giving, incorporating presentations, discussions and exercises.
This helps provide the necessary tools for a better understanding of the individual living
with mental illness. This class uses a guided group process to help families gain practical
insight, obtain important information about research and resiliency along with increasing
their emotional learning skills.
Willing to complete the online training no later then 2 weeks before the in-person training.
To be a successful NAMI Family-to-Family teacher, you need to respond to others in a
non-judgmental way, you need to be a good listener with an empathetic ear, and you need
to be willing to talk about your experience as a family member of someone living with a
Trainees must have attended and completed a Family-to-Family class as a participant.
Trainees agree to attend the entire class. Trainees must demonstrate the qualifications
needed to become a good NAMI teacher by the end of training. Trainees may be asked to
improve their skills in particular key areas and repeat the training before they may
become certified. All applicants will participate in a phone screening interview with
the class leaders prior to being accepted into the class. Minimum age to become a
Family-to-Family teacher is 18 years old.
By taking this teacher training you are committed to co-teaching the Family-to-Family class,
consisting of 8 weeks of material, at least twice in a 24-month (2 year) 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 record keeping
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 pay for meals, snacks, lodging and all training materials. Your NAMI
affiliate is asked to cover your travel and other expenses that you may incur to attend
this training. Lodging will be at a nearby hotel, and is double occupancy.
If you require single occupancy, arrangements will need to be made prior to
attendance by the attendee 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.
Ready to start the application?