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For more information on NAMI education programs, NAMI Program Leader training, and presentations contact:

Susan Caban, Dir. of Education
Email: scaban@namikeystonepa.org
Phone: 412-366-3788

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 an individual with a mental health diagnosis or a family member/loved one of an individual with a diagnosis and are interested in becoming a program leader for any of the programs listed below, please complete the appropriate application and send to scaban@namikeystonepa.org. Applications can be found at the end of each program description. Upcoming training dates will be posted on this page as they become available. Applications are accepted regardless if there is a training date posted.

NAMI Keystone PA Program Leader Training

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Groups are peer-based, mutual support group programs for any adult (18 yrs+) living with a mental health diagnosis. Connection groups are led by two trained facilitators who are in recovery themselves and are at a point where they want to “give back to others” by offering encouragement and support through their own experiences. Trained facilitators may receive a stipend per meeting dependent upon the supporting NAMI Affiliate. Please inquire with your local NAMI affiliate regarding available stipends.

Leader Qualifications/Training Requirements: (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 NAMI Connection 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.

Training Location, Date, and Time: Trainings are currently being held online. The training date will be beld on Saturday, June 12 through Sunday, June 13. Please submit a NAMI Connection Facilitator Application by Weds. May 26 to be considered.

Lodging and Travel Information: Lodging and travel is the responsibility of applicant/affiliate.

Training Application: Download and complete a Connection Facilitator Application. Send completed application to your local NAMI affiliate for approval. If you are not aware of a local affiliate, please send completed application to scaban@namikeystonepa.org who will try to connect you with the nearest NAMI affiliate support.

NAMI Family Support Groups are free, peer-led, confidential support groups 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. NAMI Family Support Group Facilitators are trained peers (family members/loved ones) who have lived experience.

Leader Qualifications/Training Requirements: (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.

Training Location and Times: Trainings are currently being held online. The training date will be beld on Saturday, June 12 through Sunday, June 13. Please submit a NAMI Connection Facilitator Application to be considered. The deadline to submit applications is Weds. May 26.

Lodging and Travel Information: Participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.

Training Application: To train to be a NAMI Family Support Group Facilitator, please download and complete a NAMI Family Support Group Facilitator training application. Send completed application to your local NAMI affiliate for approval. If you are not aware of a local affiliate, please send completed application to scaban@namikeystonepa.org who will try to connect you with the nearest NAMI affiliate support.

NAMI Basics is a free, 6-week education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens (ages 3-17) who are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or whom have already been diagnosed. The course is taught by a trained team with lived experience—they know what you’re going through because they’ve been there. The 6-session program provides critical strategies for taking care of your child and learning the ropes of recovery.

Leader Qualifications/Training Requirements: (1) Be the parent or other primary caregiver of an individual who began experiencing symptoms prior to the age of 13. (2) Be at a point in their life where they are familiar and comfortable with the emotional issues families face and can self-disclose about their own feelings regarding their life situation. (3) Be willing to commit to teaching two 6-week NAMI Basic courses within a two-year period. (4) Already be or become a NAMI member at the time of training.

Lodging and Travel Information: Participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.

Training Application: Please download and complete an application to attend a NAMI Basic Teacher training. Send completed application to your local NAMI affiliate for approval. If you are not aware of a local affiliate, please send completed application to scaban@namikeystonepa.org who will try to connect you with the nearest NAMI affiliate support.

NAMI Family-to-Family is an eight-session educational program for family, significant others, and friends of adults (18 yrs+) 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!

Leader Qualifications/Training Requirements: (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 1.5 day in-person teacher training and complete 1 hour online training. (4) Candidates will adhere to the NAMI program guidelines of confidentiality. (5) Must be a NAMI member prior to beginning training.

Training Location & Times:  Trainings are currently being held online. The training date will be beld Saturday, May 22 through Sunday, May 23. Please submit a NAMI Family-to-Famiy Application to be considered. The deadline to submit applications is May 7.

Lodging and Travel Information: Participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.

Training Application: If you would like to train to be a NAMI Family-to-Family program leader, please download and complete the NAMI Family-to-Family training application. Send completed application to your local NAMI affiliate for approval. If you are not aware of a local affiliate, please send completed application to scaban@namikeystonepa.org who will try to connect you with the nearest NAMI affiliate support.

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is an 8-session, recovery-focused course, designed to aid adults (18+) who are experiencing mental health challenges achieve and maintain wellness. The course is taught by trained peers with 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, relapse prevention, and practical coping skills.

Training Format: Currently all trainings will be held online. NAMI Peer-to-Peer Program Leader training is comprised of two parts, online and in-person. The online component must be completed first. You will be required to have your own email in order to register for the online training. Online training must be completed no less than 1 week prior to training date. You cannot attend the in-person training without completing the online training. Once participants have successfully completed the online training, trainees will engage in a mandatory, 1.5 day in-person training. Requests for online training must go through the local NAMI affiliate or NAMI Keystone PA (scaban@namikeystonepa.org).

Leader Qualifications/Training Requirements: 1) Must be an individual with a mental health diagnosis who identifies themselves in recovery. 2) Willingness to complete online and in-person training and adhere to the fidelity of the NAMI Peer-to-Peer model. 3) Maintain participant confidentiality. 4) Be or become a NAMI member prior to beginning of training.

Lodging and Travel Information: Affiliates/participants are responsible for travel and accommodations.

Training Location, Date and Time: Trainings are currently being held online. If you are interested, please complete and submit an application (see link below) to reserve a spot for these limited trainings.

Training Application: Please download and complete a NAMI Peer-to-Peer Leader Application. Send completed application to your local NAMI affiliate for approval. If you are not aware of a local affiliate, please send completed application to scaban@namikeystonepa.org who will try to connect you with the nearest NAMI affiliate support.

NAMI In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is a unique public education program in which two individuals talk openly about living with a mental health condition. These types of presentations that include personal accounts of mental illness such as IOOV are imperative to changing attitudes, assumptions, and stereotypes about individuals who have a mental health diagnosis. As an IOOV presenter, you will have opportunities to speak with middle and high school students, college students, peer groups, and various community organizations. IOOV presenters also  receive a stipend for speaking engagements from their supporting NAMI affiliate.

Leader Qualifications/Training Requirements: (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 aspects of their personal experience of living with mental illness. (3) Willingness to maintain fidelity of the NAMI In Our Own Voice model.

Training Format: Currently all trainings will be held online. The NAMI In Our Own Voice training is a two part training, online and in-person. The online component must be completed first. You will be required to have your own email in order to register for the online training. Online you will craft your story and receive information to better understand the structure of an IOOV presentation. NAMI Keystone PA will grant individual access to the training. Once the online training portion is completed, an in-person training will take place. This is an opportunity to practice your story with other presenters, better understand how the presentations are run, and learn how to best answer difficult audience questions.

Training Location and Date:  Trainings are currently being held online. If you are interested, please complete and submit an application (see link below) to reserve a spot for these limited trainings.

Training Application: For future training opportunities, please download and complete a NAMI In Our Own Voice application. Send completed application to mdecker@namikeystonepa.org. You will be contacted via email in regards to the first half of training which is the online portion.

NAMI Ending the Silence is a 50 minute presentation designed to give students an opportunity to learn about mental health conditions through an informative PowerPoint and short videos. The presentation educates students about the signs and symptoms of mental health conditions and gives them ideas about how to help themselves, family members, or friends who may be in need of support. The program also includes personal testimony from a youth or young adult with lived experience about their journey in learning to cope with their mental health challenges.

Training Format: The Ending the Silence training is a two part training, online and in-person. The online component must be completed first. You will be required to have your own email in order to register for the online training. Online you will craft your story and receive information to better understand the structure of an Ending the Silence presentation. NAMI Keystone PA will grant individual access to the training. Once the online training portion is completed, an in-person training will take place. This is an opportunity to practice your story with other presenters, better understand how the presentations are run, and learn how to best answer difficult audience questions.

Presenter Criteria: Presentations consists of two presenters, a lead presenter and a young adult presenter.

1) Lead Presenter : An adult (over the age of 35) who is either a family member or an individual living in recovery with a mental health condition.

2) Young Adult Presenter: A young adult (age 18-35) who is living in recovery and able to share their personal experience with a mental health condition. Presenter should relate well to youth ages 13-21 and be willing to engage in dialogue with students.

Training Location, Date and Time: Training is currently being held online.

Training Application: Please download and complete an Ending the Silence Presenter application. Submit your completed application to mdecker@namikeystonepa.org.

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