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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!

 

Current schedule of classes: 

TownDate/TimeContact Information
BostonTuesdays
7:00 - 9:30 pm
March 6, 2018
Tim at 617-536-9276 or
tjlan53@yahoo.com
BrooklineMondays
6:30 - 9:00 pm
February 26, 2018
Mary at 617-620-4583 or
maryharris1985@yahoo.com
CambridgeThursdays
7:00 - 9:30 pm
January 25, 2018
Carolyn at 917-375-1980 or
Carolyn@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org
GloucesterSaturdays
March 17, 2018
8:30 - 11:00 am
namicapeann@verizon.net
or by leaving a message
at 978-281-1557
GreenfieldSeptember 2018 date
to be determined
6:30 - 9:00 pm
Sue at 413-422-2144 or
suesharbaugh@gmail.com
HinghamWednesdays
6:30 - 9:00 pm
February 1, 2018
namisouthshore@gmail.com
HolyokeTuesdays
6:00 - 8:30 pm
February 27, 2018
Jean at 413-374-9185 or
Cheryl 413-532-9994.
LexingtonThursdays
7:00 - 9:30 pm
March 8, 2018
Tom at 978-618-7521 or
garlandhome@comcast.net
Dee at 978-697-3441 or
deefebba@comcast.net
MarlboroughFebruary 2018 date TBDLarry at 617-580-8541 ext.206
or lfdeangelo@namimass.org,
Martha's VineyardDay, time and Feb/March start date to be determinedKim at klemmon@namicapecod.org
Arlene at ahoxie@namicapecod.org
or 508-778-4277
MiddletonThursdays
6:00 - 8:30 pm
February 1, 2018
Sheila Girard at 978-774-2872 or
ShePowGir45@gmail.com
NantucketDe Familia a Familia (En español)
Día, hora y fecha de inicio que se determinarán
(Day, time and start date to be determined)
Kim at klemmon@namicapecod.org
Arlene at ahoxie@namicapecod.org
or 508-778-4277
NorthamptonSaturdays
9:00 - 11:30 am
March 24, 2018
Patrick at Tuck1846@aol.com
PlymouthTuesdays
7:00 - 9:30 pm
February 6, 2018
Kathleen Considine at 508-209-1124
ProvincetownDay, time and start date to be determinedKim at klemmon@namicapecod.org
Arlene at ahoxie@namicapecod.org
or 508-778-4277
SagamoreMondays
6:00 - 8:30 pm
January 8, 2018
Kim at klemmon@namicapecod.org
Arlene at ahoxie@namicapecod.org
or 508-778-4277
WorcesterMondays
6:30 - 9:00 pm
February 19, 2018
Kim at 508-365-9618
or tokima4@gmail.com

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