The National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI Pennsylvania Scranton Area Chapter offers a free NAMI sponsored and created Family-to-Family Education Program. Classes are normally held in the Fall. This course is specifically designed for family members, partners and friends of individuals who have been diagnosed with a major mental illness.
The course consists of a series of 12 weekly classes structured to help caregivers understand and support individuals with serious mental illness while maintaining their own well being. The course is not appropriate for individuals who themselves have one of the major mental illnesses. The co-instructors of the course are NAMI PA Scranton family member volunteers who have taken an intensive training program to become Family-to-Family course instructors.
The course will cover information about schizophrenia; the mood disorders bipolar disorder and major depression; panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder; coping skills such as handling crisis and relapse; basic information about medications; listening and communication techniques; problem-solving skills; recovery and rehabilitation; and self-care.
The program classes are held from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Community Medical Center in Scranton, School of Nursing Building. Free parking is available in the CMC parking garage. Refreshments are served, and there will be a midpoint break in every class. At the end of the course, each attendee will have a complete, free, comprehensive reference binder that will be theirs to keep. Registration for the course is required.
Please call 342-1047 for information on when the next Family to Family Education class will be offered or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.