Family-to-Family

NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program

Once a week for 12 consecutive weeks and for no charge, families of persons diagnosed with a serious mental illness have the opportunity to learn about the major mental illnesses from trained family members.  The course discusses the clinical treatment of these illnesses and teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively.  The Family-to-Family (F2F) Program is offered in spring and fall.  For more information or to register, please see information about our Family-to-Family programs below the video.

Family-to-Family Education Program (F2F)

Family-to-Family (F2F) is a course structured to help family members understand and support a relative diagnosed with a serious mental illness while maintaining their own well-being.  The course is taught by trained volunteer family members who know what it’s like to have a loved one with a serious mental illness. F2F is offered as a community service without charge. Registration is Required.

Fall 2017 F2F Courses:

  • Family-to-Family at the LANKENAU Medical Center in Wynnewood will begin in mid-September and will meet once a week for 12 consecutive weeks from 7-9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. For questions or to register, please contact Judy Green at 610-668-7917 or F2FMainLine@aol.com.
  • Family-to-Family in Devon/Wayne will begin in mid-October and will meet once a week for 12 consecutive weeks, from 7-9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.  The exact location is to be determined. If you have questions or to register for the Devon course, please contact Sarah at 484-919-0069 or BrynMawrF2F@gmail.com.

For information about courses elsewhere in the US, click here.

Family-to-Family’s (F2F) 12 Education Modules include:

  • Learning about feelings, learning about facts
  • Introduction to schizophrenia; diagnosis, critical periods
  • Introduction to depression and bipolar illness; causes and diagnosis
  • Basics about the brain
  • Problem solving skills workshop
  • Medications review
  • What it’s like to be mentally ill/empathy workshop
  • Communication skills workshop
  • Relative groups and self care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Advocacy: fighting stigma and discrimination
  • Certification and celebration

Testimonial from a Family-to-Family Graduate

At a time of life when I and my family were devastated by a loved one’s diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia and as we struggled to find information and support in our current communities of family, church, work, etc., we learned about NAMI and by extension, the Family-to-Family Education Program. In retrospect, we see this Program as a literal life saver for ourselves and our family.

In this program, we were thoroughly educated about the mental illnesses, their therapies, and strategies for self-care and that of our loved ones. This experience was enhanced by the variety of facilitators and professionals we were allowed to engage with as well as the other families, all caregivers of the mentally ill, who were in this program. This context made for significant emotional & social support and normalization which helped as much, if not more than the educational materials. Years later, we still periodically meet with this cohort of families which has become an ongoing support community for us.

As often as I have the occasion, I recommend this program.

Submitted by Craig DeLarge, Family-to-Family Graduate

NAMI Basics Education Program

The fundamentals of caring for you, your family and your child with mental illness.
NAMI Basics is a new NAMI national signature education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illness.  This free six-session course is facilitated by trained teachers who are also parents/caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness in childhood.  The course provides the fundamentals a caregiver needs for themselves, their family, and their child who is living with a mental illness.  For more information or to register, contact Judy at 610-668-7917 orF2FMainLine@aol.com.

Click here to watch NAMI National’s Basics outreach video.

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