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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
6:30 - 9:00 pm
Starting February 19, 2019
Mary at 617-620-4583 or
8:30 - 11:00 am
Starting February 2, 2019
Linda at 978-546-6102
6:30 - 9:00 pm
Starting April 3, 2019
Molly & Brian Garrity at 737-702-0434
or namisouthshore@gmail.com
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
7:00 - 9:30 pm
Starting March 7, 2019
Dee at 978-697-3441 or deefebba@comcast.net
Tom at 978-618-7521 or garlandhome@comcast.net 978-618-7521
Familia a familia
Los miercoles
6:30 to 9 pm
comenzando 6 de marzo de 2019
Ben Cortes a 508-963-2742 o
6:00 - 8:30 pm
Starting January 3, 2019
Sheila Girard at 978-774-2872 or
6:00 - 8:30 pm
Starting January 16, 2019
Suzi Newman at
781-237-9844 or
Josh Portuondo-Dember at
5:00 - 7:30 pm
Starting January 2, 2019
508-778-4277 or
6:30 - 9:00 pm
Starting February 18, 2019
Kim at 508-365-9618 or