For more information on NAMI education programs, trainings, and presentations contact:
Susan Caban, Dir. of Education
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 individuals with lived experience and family members to become trained program facilitators. Below is a listing of programs and presentations offered by NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania.
Education Programs and Presentations
NAMI Basics is a six-week education program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with behavioral and mental health conditions. The NAMI Basics course is taught by trained teachers who are the parents or caregivers of individuals who developed symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13.
Download a NAMI Basics flyer for more information.
NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, 8-session course for adults living with mental health challenges. NAMI Peer-to-Peer provides an educational setting focused on recovery that offers respect, understanding, encouragement, and confidence.
NAMI Peer-to-Peer course seeks to meet the following goals:
- Create a community to aid in the recovery process.
- Provide up-to-date research on brain biology and mental illnesses.
- Provide the most current information on the possibilities for living in recovery including treatment strategies currently available.
- Teach skills in the areas of problem solving, listening, communication techniques, and handling crises and relapse.
- Provide guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community and offer tips of advocating for those supports and services.
What do people have to say about NAMI Peer-to-Peer?
“NAMI Peer-to-Peer has allowed me to take the focus off my illness and learn to balance it with the rest of my life.”
“This course has literally been a life saver. It has opened my eyes to better understanding my illness and methods of recovery I did not know about before taking NAMI Peer-to-Peer.”
“By engaging in recovery, I am able to be more relaxed and productive both at work and home.”
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NAMI Family-to-Family is a 12-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people with mental health conditions. The course is offered at no cost to participants and is a designated evidenced-based program. This means that research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to a person with a mental health condition.
NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussions and interactive exercises.
Download a NAMI Family to Family flyer for more information.
Interested in volunteering your time to become a Family-to Family facilitator? Download a NAMI Family-to-Family training application to apply.
NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session educational program for families, caregivers, and friends of military service members and vets with mental health conditions. Based on the nationally-recognized NAMI Family-to-Family program, NAMI Homefront is designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers, and friends of those who have served or are currently serving our country. The program is taught by trained family members of service members/veterans living with mental health conditions.
Download a NAMI Homefront flyer for more information.
NAMI Homefront Now Offered Online
NAMI understands that attending an in-person class can be difficult for busy individuals and families. NAMI Homefront Online classes meet weekly in a virtual classroom, so participants experience the same level of interaction and learning as traditional in-person classes.
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Helping middle and high schoolers understand mental health issues makes a big difference. The NAMI Ending the Silence (ETS) program teaches students how to recognize early warning signs for themselves and their friends, where and how to get help, and when it’s not okay to keep a secret. The in-school presentation helps to raise awareness and change perceptions around mental health problems.
ETS is designed for middle and high school age youth and can fit into a 42/50 minute class period. Students will leave the presentation equipped with facts and statistics regarding youth and mental health. More importantly, they will hear personal testimony about the challenges and triumphs of living with a mental health diagnosis. Students will also have the rare opportunity to ask questions and have an informed dialogue with both a family member and an individual who are affected by mental illness.
Knowing how to start the conversation is an important part of maintaining one’s mental health, and ETS can empower students with this tool. The ETS program aims to instill a message of hope and recovery, to encourage and educate teens how to actively care for themselves and their peers, and to reduce the stigma that can block a young person’s path to wellness.
Download a NAMI Ending the Silence flyer for more information.
NAMI In Our Own Voice presentations change attitudes, assumptions, and stereotypes through the power of personal stories. This free, 90-minute, interactive presentation provides audiences a first-hand account of what it’s like to live with a mental health diagnosis while offering hope and providing insight into the fact that recovery is possible for people with mental illness.
NAMI IOOV presentations provide:
- A first-hand account of what it’s like to live with a mental illness. Presenters humanize this misunderstood topic by demonstrating that it’s possible—and common—to live well with mental illness.
- A chance to ask the presenters questions, which allows for a deeper understanding of mental health conditions and dispels stereotypes and misconceptions.
- The understanding that hope and recovery are possible for individuals who have a mental health diagnosis.
This presentation is appropriate for peer groups, community organizations, educational settings, and mental health professionals.
Download a NAMI In Our Own Voice flyer for more information.
Interested in volunteering your time to become an In Our Own Voice facilitator? Download a NAMI In Our Own Voice Facilitator Application to apply.
NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is a 6.5-hour, skill-building workshop that helps individuals develop an effective way to tell their stories and present the facts to encourage legislative action. The curriculum includes three main components and can be presented individually: telling your story, contacting your policymaker, and meeting your policymaker.
Download a NAMI Smarts for Advocacy flyer for more information.
Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour training that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems and shows them how to assist an individual who is experiencing a mental health crisis. Audiences that would benefit from this type of training include: school personnel, college university leaders, leaders in faith community, first responders, employer, employees, higher education staff, faculty and peers, and any individuals working with youth and younger adults.
As a part of the SW Mental Health First Aid Collaborative, NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania offers additional modules of Mental Health First Aid Courses, including Youth MHFA (ages 12-18), and Higher Education (ages 18-24).
Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course designed to teach parents, caregivers, educators, school staff, coaches, human service workers, youth group leaders, and caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge or crisis. This free, one-day course is for any adult who regularly interacts with young people. At the end of the class, each attendee will be certified as a Mental Health First Aider through the National Council for Behavioral Health.
Mental Health First Aid for Higher Education is specially designed for college and university staff, faculty, and students so they can learn to help each other within a framework of their unique culture and set of resources. Mental illness and substance use challenges often come to light during young adulthood when many individuals are students at colleges and universities. This module is ideal for anyone working with young adults ages 18 to 24, including students themselves. Upon successful completion of the training, attendees will be certified as a Mental Health First Aider by the National Council for Behavioral Health.
Custom presentations are available upon request for school personnel, parents, or students; community groups; professionals and others. Sample presentations include:
- Mental Health in the Workplace: What Supervisors Need to Know
- It’s a Family Affair: What Makes A Family Strong
- Managing Anxiety in Youth
- Recognizing Early Onset Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents
- Why Can’t This Child Behave?
- Understanding Mental Illness in the Classroom
- Parents as Education Advocates
- Programs for Medical Students and Residents