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Family-to-Family Courses

     Family-to-Family is a FREE, twelve-week, life-changing course for the family members, the loved ones, and the caretakers of those suffering from mental illness. Registration is required. This course is sponsored by NAMI Portage County and the Mental Health Recovery Board of Portage County.

Participants will receive mutual support, understanding, and compassion from others who share your situation. Some of the material that will be presented is:

  • Managing your stress and state-of-mind (you must care for yourself first)
  • The various types and symptoms of mental illness
  • Developing confidence and compassion while offering support
  • Effective communications, crisis management, and problem solving
  • How the brain works with mental illness (neurotransmitters)
  • Current medications and their side effects
  • Some of the newer treatments and discoveries in treating mental illness
  • Finding and using local community services
  • The impact of mental illness on the entire family

The scheduled Family-to-Family Classes in Portage County:

WINTER CLASS 2017
Tuesday evenings starting January 17, 2017, at 6:30 pm until 9:00 pm, and held at the Mental Health Recovery Board located at 155 East Main Street in Kent, Ohio. This class lasts for twelve consecutive Tuesday evenings ending on April 4, 2017.  To register for this life-changing class call 330-673-1330 EXT. 201 and talk to Laura.  For more information call Roger Cram at 330-569-4912.

SPRING CLASS 2017
Wednesday evenings starting March 15, 2017, at 6:30 pm until 9:00 pm, held at the Renaissance Family Center located at 9005 Wil Vern Drive in Windham, Ohio 44288. This class lasts for twelve consecutive Wednesday evenings ending on May 31, 2017.  To register for this life-changing class call 330-673-1756 EXT. 201 and talk to Laura.  For more information call Roger Cram at 330-569-4912.

FALL CLASS 2017
Tuesday evenings starting September 19, 2017, at 6:30 pm until 9:00 pm, and held at the Church in Aurora 146 South Chillicothe Road Aurora, Ohio. This class lasts for eleven consecutive Tuesday evenings ending on November 28, 2017.  To register for this life-changing class call 330-673-1330 EXT. 201 and talk to Laura.  For more information call Roger Cram at 330-569-4912.

  • The course is taught by family members trained by the Ohio NAMI
  • All instruction and course materials are free to class participants
  • Refreshments will be served
  • Over 300,000 family members have graduated from this national program

In more detail than above, what does the course include?

  • Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders
     
  • Up-to-date information about medications, side effects, and strategies for medication adherence
     
  • Current research related to the biology of brain disorders and the evidence-based, most effective treatments to promote recovery
     
  • Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness
     
  • Learning in special workshops for problem solving, listening, and communication techniques
     
  • Acquiring strategies for handling crises and relapse
     
  • Focusing on care for the caregiver: coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload
     
  • Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community
     
  • Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services

What people have to say about Family-to-Family courses

“Family members who take the NAMI Family-to-Family course are better equipped to work with mental health clinicians in a collaborative manner. My bottom-line recommendation? Take this course. It will help you learn to cope successfully with a major challenge in your life, and that, in turn, will help your loved one as he or she works toward recovery.”

-- Peter Weiden, M.D., author of Breakthroughs in Antipsychotic Medications
 

What people have to say about Family-to-Family courses taught in Portage County

Class of June 2012

Very in depth and informative - above and beyond my expectation of what I'd learn.  Very good teachers, keeping class on tract. Excellent!

This is really not what I expected. It was very in depth, covering so many issues faced by families, friends, and myself (a bipolar person).  Our teachers were really skilled.  They explain things, give great examples, share freely their experiences and feelings. They are very compassionate, and their humor is just what is needed for encouragement.

I am impressed with the wealth of knowledge and how well the instructors presented the class.

I think NAMI is doing an extremely good job with the content of this course. I now see why it lasts so many weeks.

 

Class of June 2011

I personally feel a lot better about my illness, and I love that I have received help and support. Our instructors were absolutely amazing. I couldn't ask for better teachers.

Very educational, also makes you feel like you are not alone. Both instructors leading the class were well informed and caring; they obviously are good advocates for both the program and those with mental illness.  They were helpful with lived experiences.

It has given me great insight into mental health and also shown me how to help take care of myself. I have learned how to help avoid certain confrontations and overlook certain behavior to keep peace in the family.

 

Class of December 2011

It was excellent. Every week I would learn something I didn't know, and I have been reading extensively both before and during the class.

It was more than we expected.

My husband and I have benefitted greatly. Did not solve our problems, but brought us together and got us on the same page.  Thank you for providing a group forum to discuss difficulties with our family. And it is free! Thank you  Thank you

Our teachers were excellent.  They seemed well trained, professional and caring.

I knew nothing about my son's mental illness. This is great information to help me cope, deal, understand and accept my son's condition.

 

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