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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.

Read an interview in the Greenfield Recorder.

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!

Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Current schedule of classes: 

TownStart Date/Class TimeContact Information
BrooklineTuesdays
6:30 - 9:00 pm
February 19, 2019
Mary at 617-620-4583 or
maryharris1985@yahoo.com
GloucesterFebruary 2019
Day/Time TBD
Email namicapeann@verizon.net
or by leaving a message
at 978-281-1557
Jamaica PlainThursdays
6:30 - 9:00 pm
Starting January 10, 2019
Marcy at mbienen17@gmail.com
or 617-529-2738
Ruth at RutheK12@gmail.com
or 617-852-3612
MiddletonThursdays
6:00 - 8:30 pm
January 3, 2019
Sheila Girard at 978-774-2872 or
ShePowGir45@gmail.com