Family to Family Classes
Dates: Thursday evenings –
Time: 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Where it meets: Advocate BroMenn Conference Rooms 5 & 6, 1304 Franklin Avenue, Normal, IL
The conference center is in the back of the hospital near the cafeteria. There is separate parking in a small lot right by the conference center. I would instruct people to follow the signs to the emergency room and continue past it to the parking lot straight ahead which is east of the hospital. The door to the Conference Center is marked.
For questions or more information contact: email@example.com or call affiliate phone (309) 287-9913
NOTE: It IS allowable to re-take the class!
NOTE: This class is for caregivers only and not for individuals that are diagnosed with a mental health condition
To register online click here: Register
What is NAMI’s Family-to-Family Program?
- 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
A tribute video containing moving testimonials about the NAMI Family-to-Family program from family members and course instructors.
What does the course include?
- Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders
- Up-to-date information about medications, side effects, and strategies for medication adherence
- Current research related to the biology of brain disorders and the evidence-based, most effective treatments to promote recovery
- Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness
- Learning in special workshops for problem solving, listening, and communication techniques
- Acquiring strategies for handling crises and relapse
- Focusing on care for the caregiver: coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload
- Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community
- Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services