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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
7:00 – 9:30 pm
September 13, 2017
Janet Hodges at 781-761-5287 or
6:30 - 9:00 pm
September 19, 2017
Mary at 617-620-4583 or
September, 2017
Betty at 781-749-1541 or
6:30 -9:00 pm
September 8, 2017
Sharon at 914-960-9072 or
6:30 - 9:00 pm
September 16, 2017
Clare at 978-962-8994 or ccooper@westfordconsulting.com
Late August, 2017
Brenda at 508-678-2584 or
Date TBD
978-281-1557 or
6:30 - 8:30 pm
September 7, 2017
Sue at 413-422-2144 or
LittletonMid October
date TBD
Phyllis Terrey at 978-973-3995 or
Sara Dodd at
9:00 - 11:30 am
September 9, 2017
Patrick PTuck1846@aol.com
6:30 - 9:00 pm
September 12, 2017
Lizzy at 413-449-4777 or

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