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Family-to-Family is a free 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses that discusses the clinical treatment of these illnesses and teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope effectively. Family-to-Family offers resources, insights, coping skills, and genuine support for families. Our volunteer teachers equip the class participants with the knowledge they need to navigate the mental health system.

The programs are taught by family members; people who have lived the journey and can relate on a personal level to those seeking knowledge and comfort. These volunteers are trained by NAMI Mass according to the best practices instituted by NAMI National. The highest standards are maintained by this practice and are governed by the oversight of each program’s Steering Committee and the Education Committee.

DeFamilia a Familia es un programa de educación para familiares y amigos de personas que tienen enfermedades mentales severas.

For a more detailed discussion of what is covered in a Family-to-Family course click here.

NAMI Family-to-Family: Evidence Meets Experience By Ken Duckworth, M.D., NAMI Medical Director summarizes the findings of a randomized study conducted of the Peer-taught Family to Family Education Program which states there’s evidence that Family to Family is effective for enhancing coping and empowerment of families of persons with mental illness (Psychiatric Services 62:591–597, 2011) Outcomes of a Randomized Study of a Peer-Taught Family-to-Family Education Program for Mental Illness (PDF). NAMI Family-to-Family: Evidence Meets Experience By Ken Duckworth, M.D., NAMI Medical Director summarizes the findings

If you’re interested in taking a class, review the current schedule of classes offered below and please contact the teacher listed to get more details. If you’re interested in taking a class, and none are available in your area, please contact the Director of Family Programs, Ilya Cherkasov at 617-580-8541.

Interested in becoming a Family-to-Family Teacher? Contact Ilya at 617-580-8541

Family-to-Family Teacher Training graduates

NAMI Family-to-Family Teacher Training Graduates!

NAMI Mass Family Newsletter September 2014

Current schedule of classes: 

TownDate/TimeContact Information
BrooklineTuesdays
6:30 - 9:00 pm
September 19, 2017
Mary at 617-620-4583 or
maryharris1985@yahoo.com
BrocktonTBD
September, 2017
Betty at 781-749-1541 or
namisouthshore@gmail.com
ConcordTuesdays
7:00 - 9:30 pm
August 21, 2017
Clare at 978-962-8994 or ccooper@westfordconsulting.com
DartmouthTBD
Late August, 2017
Brenda at 508-678-2584 or
namibristolcounty@comcast.net
DorchesterFridays
6:30 - 9:00 pm
March 31, 2017
Roy at 617-297-7104 or
namidorchestermattapanroxbury@gmail.com
Monica at 857-342-2796 or
mpomare28@gmail.com
GreenfieldThursdays
6:30 - 8:30 pm
September 7, 2017
Sue at 413-422-2144 or
suesharbaugh@gmail.com
HinghamWednesdays
6:30 - 9:00 pm
March 22, 2017
Molly at
namisouthshore@gmail.com
LittletonTuesdays
7:00 - 9.30 pm
February 7, 2017
Phyllis at 978-973-3995 or
Phyllis.terrey100@gmail.com
Sara Dodd at
978-631-1910
MarlboroughThursdays
6:30 - 9:00 pm
March 2, 2017
Larry at 774-571-0071 or
lfdeangelo@verizon.net
PittsfieldThursdays
6:30 - 9 pm
February 9, 2017
Marilyn at 413-743 5126 or
the_morans@verizon.net
WakefieldWednesdays
7:00 - 9:30 pm
March 22, 2017
Judy at 978 -273 - 0811
or jkenson@comcast.net
WinchesterThursdays
7:00 - 9:30 pm
February 16, 2017
Janet at 781-761-5287 or
jhodges@edinburgcenter.org
WorcesterMondays
6:30 - 9:00 pm
February 20, 2017
Kim at 508-365-9618 or
tokima4@gmail.com

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