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nami basics

Is your child on an IEP?

Is your child angry, sad, anxious, acting out or withdrawn?

Are you concerned about how your child is behaving?

Has your child been diagnosed with ADHD, Conduct Disorder or other emotional problems?

ARE YOU HAVING A PROBLEM UNDERSTANDING AND COPING?

You are not alone. NAMI Basics is for you!

NAMI Basics is a 6 week education program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with emotional and behavioral issues. NAMI Basics is taught by understanding teachers who are parents or caregivers of children with similar issues. Taking NAMI Basics will give you the tools you will need to help you make the best decisions possible for the care of your child. You will learn communication tips, how to problem-solve and the skills to help you cope with the emotional impact of caring for your challenging child. You will find out about the IEP process, insurance, benefits, diagnoses and treatment.

“This is such a great step-by-step program which walks parents every step of the way”

The course consists of six classes, each lasting for 2 ½ hours.   Classes may be offered weekly for six consecutive weeks, or may be offered twice per week for three weeks to accommodate hectic schedules. All instruction materials are FREE to participants.

“This course is inclusive of almost all aspects of child and family resources. I could have spent a lifetime getting all this information on my own. I feel supported, strong and ready to go forward”

Please contact the teacher listed to get details. Preregistration is required since space is limited. If you’re interested in taking a class, and none are available in your area, please contact Judi Maguire, Director of Children and Adolescent Programs at 617-580-8541 or jmaguire@namimass.org

Schedule of Classes

TownDate/TimeContact Information
ActonTuesdays and Thursdays
March 17th
7:00 - 9:30 pm
Dee 978-697-3441
or deefebba@comcast.net
Cara 978-760-2455
or cjvoutselas@gmail.com
BourneTuesdays and Thursdays
starting May 19
Call NAMI Cape Cod office at
508-778-4277 or
email ahoxie@namiecapecod.org.
ChicopeeFebruary 24 - March 31
Tuesday evenings
6:00 - 8:30 pm
NAMI Western MA Office at
413-786-9139 or
information@namiwm.org

Classes are forming in Newburyport, Newton, Worcester area, Roxbury and Brighton. Check back for updated information.

Video by Dr. Kenneth Duckworth, NAMI Medical Director on the Benefits of NAMI Basics course

NAMI is pleased to announce the publication of a recent research study on the NAMI Basics Education Program in the . The study was conducted in collaboration with NAMI Mississippi and NAMI Tennessee between 2008 and 2010 and found that for families in communication and coping skills. Parents and caregivers who participated in the study reported improvements in self-care and empowerment, based on information and about resources, parenting strategies and self-advocacy. Participants “also experienced a reduction in inflammatory communications,” through control of anger, preemption of problems, and being highly specific about expectations.

NAMI is pleased to announce the publication of a recent research study on the NAMI Basics Education Program in the Journal of Child and Family Studies. The study was conducted in collaboration with NAMI Mississippi and NAMI Tennessee between 2008 and 2010 and found that NAMI Basics produces “significant improvement” for families in communication and coping skills. Parents and caregivers who participated in the study reported improvements in self-care and empowerment, based on information and about resources, parenting strategies and self-advocacy. Participants “also experienced a reduction in inflammatory communications,” through control of anger, preemption of problems, and being highly specific about expectations.

Jay Gaylen, a dad, talks about his experience with the NAMI Basics Program