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Every year, NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania hosts a regional Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference in southwestern Pennsylvania, and a state Mental Health and Wellness Conference in Harrisburg. These events feature innovative keynote speakers, NAMI leaders, and workshops designed for professionals, students, individuals with lived experience, and family members.

For more information on NAMI education programs, trainings, and presentations contact:

Susan Caban, Dir. of Education
Phone: 412-366-3788

NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania offers a number of NAMI Signature Programs and customized presentations that help educate people about mental illness. There are also opportunities for those with lived experience to become trained program leaders. Below is a listing of state trainings offered by NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania.

NAMI Keystone PA Program Leader Training

NAMI Family-to-Family is a 12-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people living with a mental health diagnosis.  The course provides critical information and strategies for supporting the person you love, as well as communication and problem solving skills, family advocacy, caring for yourself and other family members, and much more!

Qualifications for Teacher Training: (1) You must be a family member of an adult who has a mental health diagnosis. (2) Although preferred, it is not mandatory that you are a graduate of the NAMI Family-to-Family class. (3) You must also be able to attend all three days of training (no exceptions). Additional responsibilities of the NAMI Family-to-Family teacher can be found in the application.

The NAMI Family-to-Family Teacher training is a 3-day training. All materials, snacks, lunch and dinner on Friday, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Download a training application.

Lodging and Travel: Participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. Hotel information will be provided upon request.

NAMI Family Support Group is a free, peer-led, confidential support group for family members, caregivers, and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. NAMI’s Support Groups are unique because they follow a structured model, ensuring everyone has an opportunity to be heard and participate.

Qualifications for Facilitator Training: (1) Must be a family member or personal caregiver of an individual who is living with a mental health diagnosis. (2) Willingness to participate in mandatory 2-day training. (3) Must be a NAMI member or become a member prior to training. (4) Willingness to maintain fidelity of the NAMI Family Support Group model.

This is a mandatory, two-day training. Download a facilitator training application.

Lodging and Travel Information: Participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. Hotel information will be provided by NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania.

In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is a unique public education program in which two trained speakers talk openly about what it’s like for them to live with a mental health condition. These presentations change attitudes, assumptions, and stereotypes about individuals who have a mental health diagnosis.

If you are interested in training to become an IOOV presenter, please submit an application.

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Groups are free, peer‐led support groups for adults (18+) living with mental illness. NAMI Connection
groups are led by trained facilitators living in recovery themselves and are designed to connect, encourage, and support participants using a structured support group model.

Qualifications for Facilitator Training: (1) Candidates must be an individual with a mental health diagnosis. (2) Candidates must be willing to commit to leading a group twice a month. (3) Candidates are able to work well with a partner (each group is led by two facilitators). (4) Candidates will adhere to the NAMI program guidelines of confidentiality. (5) Must be a NAMI member or become a member prior to training.

Training Location: 105 Braunlich Drive, Suite 230, Pittsburgh, PA 15237.

Training Dates: Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2. Both days are 8-hour trainings.

This is mandatory, two-day training. Download a Connection Facilitator Application. This training fills quickly and space is limited. Applications must be submitted no later than Monday, May 7, 2018.

Lodging and Travel: Participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. Guest hotel is the Hampton Inn Pittsburgh-McKnight Road, 4575 McKnight Road, Pittsburgh PA 15237. Group name: NAMI Keystone Group or NKG. Group Rate: $129 + tax per night. Booking link:  or contact hotel at 412-939-3200.