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Family-to-Family education course offered

Posted on Monday, July 29, 2013 at 9:14 am

A Family-to-Family education course will be offered FREE of cost to family and friends of persons with major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, borderline personality disorder, panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder, co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders.

The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Course is an 11 week, two and half hours per week, experiential education course for family and friends of individuals with serious mental illness. Most people who take the class consider it to be life-changing. Family-to-Family addresses the clinical treatment of brain disorders and teaches the knowledge and skills family members need to cope more effectively, using a combination of lecture, interactive exercises and structured group processes. Also: Listening and communication techniques, problem solving, limit setting, handling crisis and relapse, understanding the actual experience of people suffering from mental illness, information about meds, community services, taught by trained family members, over 200,000 family members graduated from this national program.

Classes will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5 and end on Thursday, Nov. 21 at Trinity Lutheran Church located at 1307 Boone St., Troy, Mo.