The NAMI Family to Family Education program is a 12 week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe brain disorders (mental illnesses). The course is taught by trained family member volunteers. This class and all materials are provided for free.
The curriculum focuses on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, clinical depression, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), including the symptoms and common issues. Clinical treatment of these illnesses is discussed and participants are given the knowledge and skills needed for family members to cope more effectively.
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.
NAMI-Billings usually offers this class twice a year, fall and winter. Please call the office at 406-256-2001 for information or to be on the waiting list for the next class.