Socialization Group

Family to Family Education

Monday, March 19, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Mount Holly

Family to Family Education

The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses.

  • The course is taught by trained family members
  • All instruction and course materials are free to class participants
  • Over 300,000 family members have graduated from this national program
  • This program significantly improves a family’s ability to cope with an ill relative’s mental disorder, according to an NIMH-funded study published June 2011 in Psychiatric Services, a journal of the American Psychiatric Association.

What the Course Offers

Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD); up-to-date information about medication compliance; discussion of the biological bases of serious mental illnesses, treatment options, and recovery.

Coping Skills gaining empathy by understanding what a person with a serious mental illness experiences; problem-solving, listening, and communication techniques; handling periods of crisis and relapse; care for the caregiver; coping with worry, stress and overload.

Advocacy Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community and obtaining better mental health services; and advocacy for appropriate federal and state policies.

The Twelve Education Modules of the Family-to-Family Course

  • Learning about feelings, learning about facts
  • Introduction to schizophrenia: Diagnosis, critical periods
  • Introduction to depression and bipolar illness
  • Basics about the brain
  • Problem-solving skills workshop
  • Medications review
  • What it’s like to be mentally ill: Empathy Workshop
  • Communications skills workshop
  • Relative groups and self-care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Advocacy: Fighting stigma
  • Certification and celebration
Age Groups
  • Adults
  • Seniors
Community Services
Family & Support Services
Health Services
Behavioral / Mental Health
Payment Options
  • Free
Areas Served
  • Bergen County

Last Updated: 06/06/18