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For more information on NAMI education programs, trainings, 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 interested in volunteering for any of the programs listed below, please complete the appropriate application and send to scaban@namikeystonepa.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. (5) Must be a NAMI member prior to beginning training.

Training Location & Times: TBA

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

If you would like to train to be a NAMI Family-to-Family teacher, please download and complete the NAMI Family-to-Family training application. Send completed application to scaban@namikeystonepa.org.

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. NAMI Family Support Group Facilitators are trained peers (family members) who have lived experience.

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.

Training Location and Times:  The Pittsburgh Training will last two days and the schedule is as follows: Saturday, September 21, 9:00am to 4:30pm and Sunday, September 22, 9:00am to 4:30pm. The training will take place at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott, 777 Aten Road, Coraopolis, PA, 15108.

Lodging and Travel Information: Participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. A block rate ($115 plus tax) is available at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott. You may book your room through the online reservation linkLast day to book your room at this rate is Monday, September 5.

To train to be a NAMI Family Support Group Facilitator, please download and complete a NAMI Family Support Group Facilitator training applicationSend completed application to scaban@namikeystonepa.org. The deadline to submit the application is Monday, September 16.

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.

Qualifications for NAMI Basic Teacher Training: (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.

Please download and complete your application to attend a NAMI Basic Teacher training.

NAMI In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is a unique public education program in which two individuals talk openly about what it’s like for them to live with a mental health condition. 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. IOOV presenters will have opportunities to speak with middle and high school students, college students, peer groups, and various community organizations. IOOV presenters also will receive a stipend for speaking engagements from their supporting NAMI affiliate.

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

NAMI In Our Own Voice Training consists of two components. The first is an online component where you will craft your story and better understand the structure of an IOOV presentation. The second part is an in-person training where there are opportunities to share the story you created and answer questions in regards to how an IOOV presentation is best delivered. You must complete the online part first, in order to participate in the in-person training.

Training Location and Time: TBA

For future training opportunities, please download and complete a NAMI In Our Own Voice application. Send completed application to scaban@namikeystonepa.org.

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.

NAMI Peer-to-Peer Mentor Training is comprised of two parts. The first part is an online training component that is then paired with a mandatory, 1.5 day in-person training. Online training must be completed no less than 1 week prior to training date and has to completed in order to attend the in-person training.

Mentor Qualifications/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: Participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. The training site to be determined.

Training Dates and Time: The next training will be Fall of 2019. Check back for upcoming schedule.

Please download and complete a NAMI Peer-to-Peer Application. Send completed application to scaban@namikeystonepa.orgOnce an application is received and approved, applicant will be notified and then given access to the online training component. Online training must be completed no less than 1 week prior to training date. Training space is limited to 15 individuals.

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Groups is a peer-based, mutual support group program for any adult (18+) living with a mental illness. 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.

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.

Training Location and Times: The Pittsburgh Training will last two days and the schedule is as follows: Saturday, October 19, 9:00am to 4:30pm and Sunday, October 20, 9:00am to 4:30pm.  The training will take place at the NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania Office, 105 Braunlich Drive, Suite 200, Pittsburgh, PA  15237-3351.

Lodging and Travel Information: Lodging and travel is the responsibility of applicant/affiliate.  Possible lodging opportunities are :
Hampton Inn Pittsburgh – McKnight Road
Comfort Inn
Home2 Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh/McCandless

This is mandatory, 2-day training. Application deadline for this training is Monday, September 30. Download a Connection Facilitator Application. Send completed application to scaban@namikeystonepa.org.

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