NAMI DuPage Family To Family Classes

Every Monday, Thursday, from 01/29/2018 to 03/08/2018, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

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What is Family-to-Family?

Family-to-Family is a free 12-week educational course designed specifically for parents, siblings, spouses, teen-age and adult children and significant others of persons dealing with mental illnesses . . . taught by trained family members with the lived experience. Over 300,000 family members have graduated from this national program.

The 2-1/2 hour class meets 2 times a week from 1/29/18 - 3/8/18 builds on the previous topics covered. Therefore, it is important that participants try to attend each class.

(If family members are in crisis and feel the need for support, we would encourage them to attend one of our Family Support Groups before taking the Family-to-Family educational course.)

What does the Family-to-Family course include?

  • Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, PTSD, and co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders
  • Up-to-date information about medications, side effects, and strategies for medication adherence
  • Current research related to the biology of brain disorders and the evidence-based, most effective treatments to promote recovery
  • Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness
  • Learning in special workshops for problem solving, listening, and communication techniques
  • Acquiring strategies for handling crises and relapse
  • Focusing on care for the caregiver: coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload
  • Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community
  • Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services

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