NAMI Provider Education Course

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Provider Education Course is based on the N.A.M.I. Family-to-Family Program. It was augmented and edited by Joyce Burland, Ph.D. (NAMI’s National Director) to establish a 5 session course for Mental Health providers in collaboration with consumers and family members. Weekly class and homework handouts are compiled into a Course Notebook for future reference.

This course provides a clinical picture of collaborative secondary intervention strategies (pragmatic, concrete, practical steps) which staff can use in practice. The primary knowledge base of the course is the lived experience of consumer and family members relating to critical clinical aspects of serious brain disorders; the purpose of the course is to help providers “see our lives” from the inside so that effective, equitable and compassionate partnerships can guide the treatment process.

Dates: November 15th-17th, 22nd-23rd (5 classes)
1:00 - 3:30p.m. pst
Location: Online via Zoom

       BHS funded by 3.JPG

Registration Required:

Link: Register Here


Participants will learn:
  • Class 1: Orientation Introductions—Key course principles, group exercise, personal and family experience (our trauma stories)
  • Class 2: Clinical bases
    Basic principles of secondary prevention/intervention in community psychiatry, clinical strategies for trauma response, secondary prevention stage models, group exercise to determine needs in critical periods
  • Class 3: Responding effectively to consumers and families in stage II Cascade of secondary trauma, symptoms as stressors group exercise, stages of adherence to medication, co-occurring brain and addictive disorders, trauma of incarceration and attempted suicide
  • Class 4: Inside mental illness
    Gaining empathy, defensive coping strategies, reiterating our appeal for trauma informed care, up from obscurity
  • Class 5: Working toward recovery Suggested confidentiality guidelines, case study, how to frame collaborative work, recovery as conscious choice and action, certification/celebration.