For more information on NAMI education programs, trainings, and presentations contact:
Susan Caban, Dir. of Education
NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania and it’s affiliates offer a number of peer-led programs throughout Pennsylvania. There are numerous volunteer opportunities for individuals with lived experience to become trained NAMI program leaders to provide others with support and education. If you are interested in volunteering for any of the programs listed below, please complete the appropriate application and send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Upcoming training dates will also be listed when available.
NAMI Keystone PA Program Leader Training
NAMI Family-to-Family is a 12-session educational program for family, significant others, and friends of adults (18+) who are 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) Must be a family member/significant other of an adult (18+) 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) Willingness to attend the 3-day mandatory teacher training. (4) Candidates will adhere to the NAMI program guidelines of confidentiality.
All training materials, snacks, lunch and dinner on Friday, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday are included.
Lodging and Travel: Participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. Hotel information for Altoona training: Rooms must be booked by Aug. 18 for the group rate of $114 per night (two nights, Sept. 7 & 8). Use the online link to book a room or contact the Fairfield Inn & Suite Altoona at 814-946-0422. Reference NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania when calling.
If you would like to attend the training, please download and complete the NAMI FamilytoFamily training application. Send completed application to email@example.com. You will be notified when training opportunities become available.
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/significant other/close friend 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 and maintain participant confidentiality.
Lodging and Travel Information: Participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.
Hotel arrangements can be made at the Hampton Inn McKnight Road, 4575 McKnight Road, Pittsburgh, PA, 412-939-3200. Link for online booking and group rate is here.
*Deadline for training registration is Friday, Oct. 5.
Please download and complete a NAMI Family Support Group facilitator training application. Send completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be notified when training opportunities become available.
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. Trained individuals will have opportunities to speak with community organizations, peer groups, and various student populations.
Qualifications for Training: (1) Must be an individual who is living with a mental health diagnosis and identifies themselves in recovery. (2) Individuals must be comfortable talking in front of various audiences and willing to share their personal experience of living with mental illness. (3) Willingness to maintain fidelity of the NAMI Connection Peer Support Group model.
Training consists of an online component followed by a 1-day in person training. Once an application is received and approved, applicant will be notified and given access to the online training.
NAMI Peer-to-Peer is an 8 week course is designed to help anyone experiencing mental health challenges achieve and maintain wellness. The course is taught by trained individuals who have lived experience. Classes follow a structured educational format that includes opportunity for peer connection and support through learned wisdom and group discussion. Discussions are confidential, interactive exercises focus on mindfulness and meditation, and relapse prevention and practical coping skills are taught.
Mentor Training is comprised of both an online training component, paired with a mandatory, 1.5 day in-person training. Once an application is received and approved, applicant will be notified and given access to the online training. Training space is limited to 15 individuals.
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) Must be an individual with a mental health diagnosis who identifies themselves in recovery. (2) Must be willing to commit to co-leading a support group twice a month. (3) Candidates will adhere to the NAMI program guidelines of confidentiality. (4) Must be a NAMI member or become a member prior to training.
This is mandatory, 2-day training. Download a Connection Facilitator Application. Send completed application to email@example.com. You will be notified when training opportunities become available.
Lodging and Travel: Participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.