MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION - Free "Family to Family" course
May 19, 2012
This course covers all major mental illnesses. Class topics include coping skills for handling crisis and relapse, medication information, listening and communication techniques and much more.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is accepting enrollment for the "Family to Family" educational course, which starts on Thursday, May 24, at 6:30 p.m., at the Office of Education, Room B-2, 6767 Green Valley Rd., Placerville.
This course is taught by family members who have been trained by NAMI-certified instructors. To enroll, contact Maureen Focht at 530-621-4834 or Jackie Guiterrey at 530-626-7939. This is an 11-week course and is free.
Maureen is an educator for the Family-to-Family program with the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and a training specialist for the nationally known Parent Project. Through her work with foster children and distressed families, she knows the terrible traumas many families face. Her former experience includes field management in the insurance industry, and retail ownership. Maureen holds a Masters in Educational Counseling from National University in Sacramento, California.
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