Peer-to-Peer is a unique, experiential learning program for people with any serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery. The course was written by a woman with a psychiatric disability who has had a successful career as a mental health provider and manger and a longtime mutual support group member and facilitator.
- Peer-to-Peer consists of nine two-hour units and is taught by a team of three trained “mentors” who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness.
- Mentors are trained in weekend-long training sessions, supplied with teaching manuals, and are paid a stipend for each course they teach.
- Participants come away from the course with a binder of printed materials, as well as many other tangible resources: an advance directive; a “relapse prevention plan” to help identify tell-tale feelings, thoughts, behaviors or events that may warn of impending relapse and to organize for intervention; mindfulness exercises to help focus and calm thinking; and survival skills for working with providers and the general public.
NAMI-Billings offers this class at least once a year. Please call the office at 406 256-2001 for information or to be on the waiting list for the next class.
Presenter Training: Presenters are consumers (persons with mental illness) who are ready for the next step in their recovery and are willing to share their story. They are selected through application to NAMI-Billings.
A trainer from the NAMI national office provides a two-day course for 12-16 consumer presenters. During the training, presenters will practice telling their personal stories, develop facilitation skills, develop story points that will be relevant and meaningful to specific audiences, and develop a professional presentation that they could take to their communities.
For more information call the NAMI-Billings office at 406-256-2001.