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Family-to-Family, Thursday

Family-to-Family Education Program

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.

If you’re interested in taking a class, review the current schedule of classes offered below and please contact one of the teachers listed to get more details.

The 12 -week course will meet on Saturdays in Belmont beginning on Sept 10th, 2018.
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Contact Carolyn at Carolyn@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org or Sharon at Sharon@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

*NOTE: if the current class is Closed/Full, please contact us to inquire about future classes.

NAMI Family-To-Family Education Curriculum

 Class 1: Introduction: Special features of the course; learning about the normative stages of emotional reactions to the trauma of mental illness; our belief system and principles; your goals for your family member with mental illness; understanding illness symptoms as a “double-edged sword.”

Class 2: Schizophrenia, Major Depression, Mania, Schizoaffective Disorder: Diagnostic criteria; characteristic features of psychotic illnesses; questions and answers about getting through the critical periods in mental illness; keeping a Crisis File.

Class 3: Mood Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Dual Diagnosis: Types and sub-types of Depression and Bipolar Disorder; diagnostic criteria for Borderline Personality, Panic Disorder, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; Post-traumatic Stress Disorder; Co-occurring brain and addictive disorders; telling our stories.

Class 4: Basics About the Brain: Functions of key brain areas; research on functional and structural brain abnormalities in the major mental illnesses; genetic revolution in biological psychiatry; genetic transmission of major mental illnesses; infectious and neuro-developmental “second hits” which may cause mental illness; the biology of recovery; consumer stages of recovery from brain disorders.

Class 5: Problem Solving Skills Workshop: How to define a problem; sharing our problem statements; solving the problem; setting limits.

Class 6: Medication Review: How medications work; basic psychopharmacology of the mood disorders; anxiety disorders and schizophrenia; medication side effects; key treatment issues; stages of adherence to medications; early warning signs of relapse.

Class 7: Inside Mental Illness: Understanding the subjective experience of coping with a brain disorder; problems in maintaining self-esteem and positive identity; gaining empathy for the psychological struggle to protect one’s integrity in mental illness.

Class 8: Communication Skills Workshop: How illness interferes with the capacity to communicate; learning to be clear; how to respond when the topic is loaded; talking to the person behind the symptoms of mental illness.

Class 9: Self-care: Learning about family burden; sharing in relative groups; handling negative feelings of anger, entrapment, guilt, and grief; how to balance our lives.

Class 10: The Vision and Potential of Recovery: Learning about key principles of rehabilitation and model programs of community support; a first-person account of recovery from a consumer guest speaker.

Class 11: Advocacy: Challenging the power of stigma in our lives; learning how to change the system; meet and hear from people advocating for change.

Class 12: Review, Sharing, and Evaluation: Certification ceremony; Party!

Price: $0.00

Date: September 20, 2018

NAMI Cambridge Auction

237 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

237 Brattle Street
Cambridge
MA
02138
Map and Directions

Price: $0.00

Date: September 23, 2018

Family-to-Family, Thursday

Family-to-Family Education Program

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.

If you’re interested in taking a class, review the current schedule of classes offered below and please contact one of the teachers listed to get more details.

The 12 -week course will meet on Saturdays in Belmont beginning on Sept 10th, 2018.
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Contact Carolyn at Carolyn@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org or Sharon at Sharon@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

*NOTE: if the current class is Closed/Full, please contact us to inquire about future classes.

NAMI Family-To-Family Education Curriculum

 Class 1: Introduction: Special features of the course; learning about the normative stages of emotional reactions to the trauma of mental illness; our belief system and principles; your goals for your family member with mental illness; understanding illness symptoms as a “double-edged sword.”

Class 2: Schizophrenia, Major Depression, Mania, Schizoaffective Disorder: Diagnostic criteria; characteristic features of psychotic illnesses; questions and answers about getting through the critical periods in mental illness; keeping a Crisis File.

Class 3: Mood Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Dual Diagnosis: Types and sub-types of Depression and Bipolar Disorder; diagnostic criteria for Borderline Personality, Panic Disorder, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; Post-traumatic Stress Disorder; Co-occurring brain and addictive disorders; telling our stories.

Class 4: Basics About the Brain: Functions of key brain areas; research on functional and structural brain abnormalities in the major mental illnesses; genetic revolution in biological psychiatry; genetic transmission of major mental illnesses; infectious and neuro-developmental “second hits” which may cause mental illness; the biology of recovery; consumer stages of recovery from brain disorders.

Class 5: Problem Solving Skills Workshop: How to define a problem; sharing our problem statements; solving the problem; setting limits.

Class 6: Medication Review: How medications work; basic psychopharmacology of the mood disorders; anxiety disorders and schizophrenia; medication side effects; key treatment issues; stages of adherence to medications; early warning signs of relapse.

Class 7: Inside Mental Illness: Understanding the subjective experience of coping with a brain disorder; problems in maintaining self-esteem and positive identity; gaining empathy for the psychological struggle to protect one’s integrity in mental illness.

Class 8: Communication Skills Workshop: How illness interferes with the capacity to communicate; learning to be clear; how to respond when the topic is loaded; talking to the person behind the symptoms of mental illness.

Class 9: Self-care: Learning about family burden; sharing in relative groups; handling negative feelings of anger, entrapment, guilt, and grief; how to balance our lives.

Class 10: The Vision and Potential of Recovery: Learning about key principles of rehabilitation and model programs of community support; a first-person account of recovery from a consumer guest speaker.

Class 11: Advocacy: Challenging the power of stigma in our lives; learning how to change the system; meet and hear from people advocating for change.

Class 12: Review, Sharing, and Evaluation: Certification ceremony; Party!

Price: $0.00

Date: September 27, 2018

Family-to-Family, Thursday

Family-to-Family Education Program

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.

If you’re interested in taking a class, review the current schedule of classes offered below and please contact one of the teachers listed to get more details.

The 12 -week course will meet on Saturdays in Belmont beginning on Sept 10th, 2018.
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Contact Carolyn at Carolyn@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org or Sharon at Sharon@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

*NOTE: if the current class is Closed/Full, please contact us to inquire about future classes.

NAMI Family-To-Family Education Curriculum

 Class 1: Introduction: Special features of the course; learning about the normative stages of emotional reactions to the trauma of mental illness; our belief system and principles; your goals for your family member with mental illness; understanding illness symptoms as a “double-edged sword.”

Class 2: Schizophrenia, Major Depression, Mania, Schizoaffective Disorder: Diagnostic criteria; characteristic features of psychotic illnesses; questions and answers about getting through the critical periods in mental illness; keeping a Crisis File.

Class 3: Mood Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Dual Diagnosis: Types and sub-types of Depression and Bipolar Disorder; diagnostic criteria for Borderline Personality, Panic Disorder, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; Post-traumatic Stress Disorder; Co-occurring brain and addictive disorders; telling our stories.

Class 4: Basics About the Brain: Functions of key brain areas; research on functional and structural brain abnormalities in the major mental illnesses; genetic revolution in biological psychiatry; genetic transmission of major mental illnesses; infectious and neuro-developmental “second hits” which may cause mental illness; the biology of recovery; consumer stages of recovery from brain disorders.

Class 5: Problem Solving Skills Workshop: How to define a problem; sharing our problem statements; solving the problem; setting limits.

Class 6: Medication Review: How medications work; basic psychopharmacology of the mood disorders; anxiety disorders and schizophrenia; medication side effects; key treatment issues; stages of adherence to medications; early warning signs of relapse.

Class 7: Inside Mental Illness: Understanding the subjective experience of coping with a brain disorder; problems in maintaining self-esteem and positive identity; gaining empathy for the psychological struggle to protect one’s integrity in mental illness.

Class 8: Communication Skills Workshop: How illness interferes with the capacity to communicate; learning to be clear; how to respond when the topic is loaded; talking to the person behind the symptoms of mental illness.

Class 9: Self-care: Learning about family burden; sharing in relative groups; handling negative feelings of anger, entrapment, guilt, and grief; how to balance our lives.

Class 10: The Vision and Potential of Recovery: Learning about key principles of rehabilitation and model programs of community support; a first-person account of recovery from a consumer guest speaker.

Class 11: Advocacy: Challenging the power of stigma in our lives; learning how to change the system; meet and hear from people advocating for change.

Class 12: Review, Sharing, and Evaluation: Certification ceremony; Party!

Price: $0.00

Date: October 4, 2018

CLOZAPINE’s Risks and Rewards

CLOZAPINE’s Risks and Rewards
One Family’s Story and a Psychiatrist’s Perspective

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2018 • 6:30-8:30 PM
Dr. Ann Laitman, Dr. Robert Laitman, and their
son Daniel Laitman
Dr. J. Alexander Bodkin, McLean Hospital
Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
(On-street and garage metered parking available)

Cambridge Public Library

449 Broadway
Cambridge
MA
02138
United States
Map and Directions

Website: http://www.cambridgema.gov/cpl/hoursandlocations/mainlibrary
Phone: 617-349-4040

Price: $0.00

Date: October 10, 2018

Family-to-Family, Thursday

Family-to-Family Education Program

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.

If you’re interested in taking a class, review the current schedule of classes offered below and please contact one of the teachers listed to get more details.

The 12 -week course will meet on Saturdays in Belmont beginning on Sept 10th, 2018.
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Contact Carolyn at Carolyn@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org or Sharon at Sharon@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

*NOTE: if the current class is Closed/Full, please contact us to inquire about future classes.

NAMI Family-To-Family Education Curriculum

 Class 1: Introduction: Special features of the course; learning about the normative stages of emotional reactions to the trauma of mental illness; our belief system and principles; your goals for your family member with mental illness; understanding illness symptoms as a “double-edged sword.”

Class 2: Schizophrenia, Major Depression, Mania, Schizoaffective Disorder: Diagnostic criteria; characteristic features of psychotic illnesses; questions and answers about getting through the critical periods in mental illness; keeping a Crisis File.

Class 3: Mood Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Dual Diagnosis: Types and sub-types of Depression and Bipolar Disorder; diagnostic criteria for Borderline Personality, Panic Disorder, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; Post-traumatic Stress Disorder; Co-occurring brain and addictive disorders; telling our stories.

Class 4: Basics About the Brain: Functions of key brain areas; research on functional and structural brain abnormalities in the major mental illnesses; genetic revolution in biological psychiatry; genetic transmission of major mental illnesses; infectious and neuro-developmental “second hits” which may cause mental illness; the biology of recovery; consumer stages of recovery from brain disorders.

Class 5: Problem Solving Skills Workshop: How to define a problem; sharing our problem statements; solving the problem; setting limits.

Class 6: Medication Review: How medications work; basic psychopharmacology of the mood disorders; anxiety disorders and schizophrenia; medication side effects; key treatment issues; stages of adherence to medications; early warning signs of relapse.

Class 7: Inside Mental Illness: Understanding the subjective experience of coping with a brain disorder; problems in maintaining self-esteem and positive identity; gaining empathy for the psychological struggle to protect one’s integrity in mental illness.

Class 8: Communication Skills Workshop: How illness interferes with the capacity to communicate; learning to be clear; how to respond when the topic is loaded; talking to the person behind the symptoms of mental illness.

Class 9: Self-care: Learning about family burden; sharing in relative groups; handling negative feelings of anger, entrapment, guilt, and grief; how to balance our lives.

Class 10: The Vision and Potential of Recovery: Learning about key principles of rehabilitation and model programs of community support; a first-person account of recovery from a consumer guest speaker.

Class 11: Advocacy: Challenging the power of stigma in our lives; learning how to change the system; meet and hear from people advocating for change.

Class 12: Review, Sharing, and Evaluation: Certification ceremony; Party!

Price: $0.00

Date: October 11, 2018

Family-to-Family, Thursday

Family-to-Family Education Program

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.

If you’re interested in taking a class, review the current schedule of classes offered below and please contact one of the teachers listed to get more details.

The 12 -week course will meet on Saturdays in Belmont beginning on Sept 10th, 2018.
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Contact Carolyn at Carolyn@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org or Sharon at Sharon@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

*NOTE: if the current class is Closed/Full, please contact us to inquire about future classes.

NAMI Family-To-Family Education Curriculum

 Class 1: Introduction: Special features of the course; learning about the normative stages of emotional reactions to the trauma of mental illness; our belief system and principles; your goals for your family member with mental illness; understanding illness symptoms as a “double-edged sword.”

Class 2: Schizophrenia, Major Depression, Mania, Schizoaffective Disorder: Diagnostic criteria; characteristic features of psychotic illnesses; questions and answers about getting through the critical periods in mental illness; keeping a Crisis File.

Class 3: Mood Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Dual Diagnosis: Types and sub-types of Depression and Bipolar Disorder; diagnostic criteria for Borderline Personality, Panic Disorder, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; Post-traumatic Stress Disorder; Co-occurring brain and addictive disorders; telling our stories.

Class 4: Basics About the Brain: Functions of key brain areas; research on functional and structural brain abnormalities in the major mental illnesses; genetic revolution in biological psychiatry; genetic transmission of major mental illnesses; infectious and neuro-developmental “second hits” which may cause mental illness; the biology of recovery; consumer stages of recovery from brain disorders.

Class 5: Problem Solving Skills Workshop: How to define a problem; sharing our problem statements; solving the problem; setting limits.

Class 6: Medication Review: How medications work; basic psychopharmacology of the mood disorders; anxiety disorders and schizophrenia; medication side effects; key treatment issues; stages of adherence to medications; early warning signs of relapse.

Class 7: Inside Mental Illness: Understanding the subjective experience of coping with a brain disorder; problems in maintaining self-esteem and positive identity; gaining empathy for the psychological struggle to protect one’s integrity in mental illness.

Class 8: Communication Skills Workshop: How illness interferes with the capacity to communicate; learning to be clear; how to respond when the topic is loaded; talking to the person behind the symptoms of mental illness.

Class 9: Self-care: Learning about family burden; sharing in relative groups; handling negative feelings of anger, entrapment, guilt, and grief; how to balance our lives.

Class 10: The Vision and Potential of Recovery: Learning about key principles of rehabilitation and model programs of community support; a first-person account of recovery from a consumer guest speaker.

Class 11: Advocacy: Challenging the power of stigma in our lives; learning how to change the system; meet and hear from people advocating for change.

Class 12: Review, Sharing, and Evaluation: Certification ceremony; Party!

Price: $0.00

Date: October 18, 2018

Family-to-Family, Thursday

Family-to-Family Education Program

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.

If you’re interested in taking a class, review the current schedule of classes offered below and please contact one of the teachers listed to get more details.

The 12 -week course will meet on Saturdays in Belmont beginning on Sept 10th, 2018.
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Contact Carolyn at Carolyn@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org or Sharon at Sharon@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

*NOTE: if the current class is Closed/Full, please contact us to inquire about future classes.

NAMI Family-To-Family Education Curriculum

 Class 1: Introduction: Special features of the course; learning about the normative stages of emotional reactions to the trauma of mental illness; our belief system and principles; your goals for your family member with mental illness; understanding illness symptoms as a “double-edged sword.”

Class 2: Schizophrenia, Major Depression, Mania, Schizoaffective Disorder: Diagnostic criteria; characteristic features of psychotic illnesses; questions and answers about getting through the critical periods in mental illness; keeping a Crisis File.

Class 3: Mood Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Dual Diagnosis: Types and sub-types of Depression and Bipolar Disorder; diagnostic criteria for Borderline Personality, Panic Disorder, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; Post-traumatic Stress Disorder; Co-occurring brain and addictive disorders; telling our stories.

Class 4: Basics About the Brain: Functions of key brain areas; research on functional and structural brain abnormalities in the major mental illnesses; genetic revolution in biological psychiatry; genetic transmission of major mental illnesses; infectious and neuro-developmental “second hits” which may cause mental illness; the biology of recovery; consumer stages of recovery from brain disorders.

Class 5: Problem Solving Skills Workshop: How to define a problem; sharing our problem statements; solving the problem; setting limits.

Class 6: Medication Review: How medications work; basic psychopharmacology of the mood disorders; anxiety disorders and schizophrenia; medication side effects; key treatment issues; stages of adherence to medications; early warning signs of relapse.

Class 7: Inside Mental Illness: Understanding the subjective experience of coping with a brain disorder; problems in maintaining self-esteem and positive identity; gaining empathy for the psychological struggle to protect one’s integrity in mental illness.

Class 8: Communication Skills Workshop: How illness interferes with the capacity to communicate; learning to be clear; how to respond when the topic is loaded; talking to the person behind the symptoms of mental illness.

Class 9: Self-care: Learning about family burden; sharing in relative groups; handling negative feelings of anger, entrapment, guilt, and grief; how to balance our lives.

Class 10: The Vision and Potential of Recovery: Learning about key principles of rehabilitation and model programs of community support; a first-person account of recovery from a consumer guest speaker.

Class 11: Advocacy: Challenging the power of stigma in our lives; learning how to change the system; meet and hear from people advocating for change.

Class 12: Review, Sharing, and Evaluation: Certification ceremony; Party!

Price: $0.00

Date: October 25, 2018

Family-to-Family, Thursday

Family-to-Family Education Program

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.

If you’re interested in taking a class, review the current schedule of classes offered below and please contact one of the teachers listed to get more details.

The 12 -week course will meet on Saturdays in Belmont beginning on Sept 10th, 2018.
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Contact Carolyn at Carolyn@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org or Sharon at Sharon@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

*NOTE: if the current class is Closed/Full, please contact us to inquire about future classes.

NAMI Family-To-Family Education Curriculum

 Class 1: Introduction: Special features of the course; learning about the normative stages of emotional reactions to the trauma of mental illness; our belief system and principles; your goals for your family member with mental illness; understanding illness symptoms as a “double-edged sword.”

Class 2: Schizophrenia, Major Depression, Mania, Schizoaffective Disorder: Diagnostic criteria; characteristic features of psychotic illnesses; questions and answers about getting through the critical periods in mental illness; keeping a Crisis File.

Class 3: Mood Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Dual Diagnosis: Types and sub-types of Depression and Bipolar Disorder; diagnostic criteria for Borderline Personality, Panic Disorder, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; Post-traumatic Stress Disorder; Co-occurring brain and addictive disorders; telling our stories.

Class 4: Basics About the Brain: Functions of key brain areas; research on functional and structural brain abnormalities in the major mental illnesses; genetic revolution in biological psychiatry; genetic transmission of major mental illnesses; infectious and neuro-developmental “second hits” which may cause mental illness; the biology of recovery; consumer stages of recovery from brain disorders.

Class 5: Problem Solving Skills Workshop: How to define a problem; sharing our problem statements; solving the problem; setting limits.

Class 6: Medication Review: How medications work; basic psychopharmacology of the mood disorders; anxiety disorders and schizophrenia; medication side effects; key treatment issues; stages of adherence to medications; early warning signs of relapse.

Class 7: Inside Mental Illness: Understanding the subjective experience of coping with a brain disorder; problems in maintaining self-esteem and positive identity; gaining empathy for the psychological struggle to protect one’s integrity in mental illness.

Class 8: Communication Skills Workshop: How illness interferes with the capacity to communicate; learning to be clear; how to respond when the topic is loaded; talking to the person behind the symptoms of mental illness.

Class 9: Self-care: Learning about family burden; sharing in relative groups; handling negative feelings of anger, entrapment, guilt, and grief; how to balance our lives.

Class 10: The Vision and Potential of Recovery: Learning about key principles of rehabilitation and model programs of community support; a first-person account of recovery from a consumer guest speaker.

Class 11: Advocacy: Challenging the power of stigma in our lives; learning how to change the system; meet and hear from people advocating for change.

Class 12: Review, Sharing, and Evaluation: Certification ceremony; Party!

Price: $0.00

Date: November 1, 2018

Family-to-Family, Thursday

Family-to-Family Education Program

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.

If you’re interested in taking a class, review the current schedule of classes offered below and please contact one of the teachers listed to get more details.

The 12 -week course will meet on Saturdays in Belmont beginning on Sept 10th, 2018.
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Contact Carolyn at Carolyn@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org or Sharon at Sharon@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

*NOTE: if the current class is Closed/Full, please contact us to inquire about future classes.

NAMI Family-To-Family Education Curriculum

 Class 1: Introduction: Special features of the course; learning about the normative stages of emotional reactions to the trauma of mental illness; our belief system and principles; your goals for your family member with mental illness; understanding illness symptoms as a “double-edged sword.”

Class 2: Schizophrenia, Major Depression, Mania, Schizoaffective Disorder: Diagnostic criteria; characteristic features of psychotic illnesses; questions and answers about getting through the critical periods in mental illness; keeping a Crisis File.

Class 3: Mood Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Dual Diagnosis: Types and sub-types of Depression and Bipolar Disorder; diagnostic criteria for Borderline Personality, Panic Disorder, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; Post-traumatic Stress Disorder; Co-occurring brain and addictive disorders; telling our stories.

Class 4: Basics About the Brain: Functions of key brain areas; research on functional and structural brain abnormalities in the major mental illnesses; genetic revolution in biological psychiatry; genetic transmission of major mental illnesses; infectious and neuro-developmental “second hits” which may cause mental illness; the biology of recovery; consumer stages of recovery from brain disorders.

Class 5: Problem Solving Skills Workshop: How to define a problem; sharing our problem statements; solving the problem; setting limits.

Class 6: Medication Review: How medications work; basic psychopharmacology of the mood disorders; anxiety disorders and schizophrenia; medication side effects; key treatment issues; stages of adherence to medications; early warning signs of relapse.

Class 7: Inside Mental Illness: Understanding the subjective experience of coping with a brain disorder; problems in maintaining self-esteem and positive identity; gaining empathy for the psychological struggle to protect one’s integrity in mental illness.

Class 8: Communication Skills Workshop: How illness interferes with the capacity to communicate; learning to be clear; how to respond when the topic is loaded; talking to the person behind the symptoms of mental illness.

Class 9: Self-care: Learning about family burden; sharing in relative groups; handling negative feelings of anger, entrapment, guilt, and grief; how to balance our lives.

Class 10: The Vision and Potential of Recovery: Learning about key principles of rehabilitation and model programs of community support; a first-person account of recovery from a consumer guest speaker.

Class 11: Advocacy: Challenging the power of stigma in our lives; learning how to change the system; meet and hear from people advocating for change.

Class 12: Review, Sharing, and Evaluation: Certification ceremony; Party!

Price: $0.00

Date: November 8, 2018

Family-to-Family, Thursday

Family-to-Family Education Program

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.

If you’re interested in taking a class, review the current schedule of classes offered below and please contact one of the teachers listed to get more details.

The 12 -week course will meet on Saturdays in Belmont beginning on Sept 10th, 2018.
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Contact Carolyn at Carolyn@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org or Sharon at Sharon@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

*NOTE: if the current class is Closed/Full, please contact us to inquire about future classes.

NAMI Family-To-Family Education Curriculum

 Class 1: Introduction: Special features of the course; learning about the normative stages of emotional reactions to the trauma of mental illness; our belief system and principles; your goals for your family member with mental illness; understanding illness symptoms as a “double-edged sword.”

Class 2: Schizophrenia, Major Depression, Mania, Schizoaffective Disorder: Diagnostic criteria; characteristic features of psychotic illnesses; questions and answers about getting through the critical periods in mental illness; keeping a Crisis File.

Class 3: Mood Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Dual Diagnosis: Types and sub-types of Depression and Bipolar Disorder; diagnostic criteria for Borderline Personality, Panic Disorder, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; Post-traumatic Stress Disorder; Co-occurring brain and addictive disorders; telling our stories.

Class 4: Basics About the Brain: Functions of key brain areas; research on functional and structural brain abnormalities in the major mental illnesses; genetic revolution in biological psychiatry; genetic transmission of major mental illnesses; infectious and neuro-developmental “second hits” which may cause mental illness; the biology of recovery; consumer stages of recovery from brain disorders.

Class 5: Problem Solving Skills Workshop: How to define a problem; sharing our problem statements; solving the problem; setting limits.

Class 6: Medication Review: How medications work; basic psychopharmacology of the mood disorders; anxiety disorders and schizophrenia; medication side effects; key treatment issues; stages of adherence to medications; early warning signs of relapse.

Class 7: Inside Mental Illness: Understanding the subjective experience of coping with a brain disorder; problems in maintaining self-esteem and positive identity; gaining empathy for the psychological struggle to protect one’s integrity in mental illness.

Class 8: Communication Skills Workshop: How illness interferes with the capacity to communicate; learning to be clear; how to respond when the topic is loaded; talking to the person behind the symptoms of mental illness.

Class 9: Self-care: Learning about family burden; sharing in relative groups; handling negative feelings of anger, entrapment, guilt, and grief; how to balance our lives.

Class 10: The Vision and Potential of Recovery: Learning about key principles of rehabilitation and model programs of community support; a first-person account of recovery from a consumer guest speaker.

Class 11: Advocacy: Challenging the power of stigma in our lives; learning how to change the system; meet and hear from people advocating for change.

Class 12: Review, Sharing, and Evaluation: Certification ceremony; Party!

Price: $0.00

Date: November 15, 2018

Family-to-Family, Thursday

Family-to-Family Education Program

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.

If you’re interested in taking a class, review the current schedule of classes offered below and please contact one of the teachers listed to get more details.

The 12 -week course will meet on Saturdays in Belmont beginning on Sept 10th, 2018.
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Contact Carolyn at Carolyn@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org or Sharon at Sharon@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

*NOTE: if the current class is Closed/Full, please contact us to inquire about future classes.

NAMI Family-To-Family Education Curriculum

 Class 1: Introduction: Special features of the course; learning about the normative stages of emotional reactions to the trauma of mental illness; our belief system and principles; your goals for your family member with mental illness; understanding illness symptoms as a “double-edged sword.”

Class 2: Schizophrenia, Major Depression, Mania, Schizoaffective Disorder: Diagnostic criteria; characteristic features of psychotic illnesses; questions and answers about getting through the critical periods in mental illness; keeping a Crisis File.

Class 3: Mood Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Dual Diagnosis: Types and sub-types of Depression and Bipolar Disorder; diagnostic criteria for Borderline Personality, Panic Disorder, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; Post-traumatic Stress Disorder; Co-occurring brain and addictive disorders; telling our stories.

Class 4: Basics About the Brain: Functions of key brain areas; research on functional and structural brain abnormalities in the major mental illnesses; genetic revolution in biological psychiatry; genetic transmission of major mental illnesses; infectious and neuro-developmental “second hits” which may cause mental illness; the biology of recovery; consumer stages of recovery from brain disorders.

Class 5: Problem Solving Skills Workshop: How to define a problem; sharing our problem statements; solving the problem; setting limits.

Class 6: Medication Review: How medications work; basic psychopharmacology of the mood disorders; anxiety disorders and schizophrenia; medication side effects; key treatment issues; stages of adherence to medications; early warning signs of relapse.

Class 7: Inside Mental Illness: Understanding the subjective experience of coping with a brain disorder; problems in maintaining self-esteem and positive identity; gaining empathy for the psychological struggle to protect one’s integrity in mental illness.

Class 8: Communication Skills Workshop: How illness interferes with the capacity to communicate; learning to be clear; how to respond when the topic is loaded; talking to the person behind the symptoms of mental illness.

Class 9: Self-care: Learning about family burden; sharing in relative groups; handling negative feelings of anger, entrapment, guilt, and grief; how to balance our lives.

Class 10: The Vision and Potential of Recovery: Learning about key principles of rehabilitation and model programs of community support; a first-person account of recovery from a consumer guest speaker.

Class 11: Advocacy: Challenging the power of stigma in our lives; learning how to change the system; meet and hear from people advocating for change.

Class 12: Review, Sharing, and Evaluation: Certification ceremony; Party!

Price: $0.00

Date: November 29, 2018

Family-to-Family, Thursday

Family-to-Family Education Program

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.

If you’re interested in taking a class, review the current schedule of classes offered below and please contact one of the teachers listed to get more details.

The 12 -week course will meet on Saturdays in Belmont beginning on Sept 10th, 2018.
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Contact Carolyn at Carolyn@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org or Sharon at Sharon@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

*NOTE: if the current class is Closed/Full, please contact us to inquire about future classes.

NAMI Family-To-Family Education Curriculum

 Class 1: Introduction: Special features of the course; learning about the normative stages of emotional reactions to the trauma of mental illness; our belief system and principles; your goals for your family member with mental illness; understanding illness symptoms as a “double-edged sword.”

Class 2: Schizophrenia, Major Depression, Mania, Schizoaffective Disorder: Diagnostic criteria; characteristic features of psychotic illnesses; questions and answers about getting through the critical periods in mental illness; keeping a Crisis File.

Class 3: Mood Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Dual Diagnosis: Types and sub-types of Depression and Bipolar Disorder; diagnostic criteria for Borderline Personality, Panic Disorder, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; Post-traumatic Stress Disorder; Co-occurring brain and addictive disorders; telling our stories.

Class 4: Basics About the Brain: Functions of key brain areas; research on functional and structural brain abnormalities in the major mental illnesses; genetic revolution in biological psychiatry; genetic transmission of major mental illnesses; infectious and neuro-developmental “second hits” which may cause mental illness; the biology of recovery; consumer stages of recovery from brain disorders.

Class 5: Problem Solving Skills Workshop: How to define a problem; sharing our problem statements; solving the problem; setting limits.

Class 6: Medication Review: How medications work; basic psychopharmacology of the mood disorders; anxiety disorders and schizophrenia; medication side effects; key treatment issues; stages of adherence to medications; early warning signs of relapse.

Class 7: Inside Mental Illness: Understanding the subjective experience of coping with a brain disorder; problems in maintaining self-esteem and positive identity; gaining empathy for the psychological struggle to protect one’s integrity in mental illness.

Class 8: Communication Skills Workshop: How illness interferes with the capacity to communicate; learning to be clear; how to respond when the topic is loaded; talking to the person behind the symptoms of mental illness.

Class 9: Self-care: Learning about family burden; sharing in relative groups; handling negative feelings of anger, entrapment, guilt, and grief; how to balance our lives.

Class 10: The Vision and Potential of Recovery: Learning about key principles of rehabilitation and model programs of community support; a first-person account of recovery from a consumer guest speaker.

Class 11: Advocacy: Challenging the power of stigma in our lives; learning how to change the system; meet and hear from people advocating for change.

Class 12: Review, Sharing, and Evaluation: Certification ceremony; Party!

Price: $0.00

Date: December 6, 2018

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

A Message to Family Members:
“TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF”

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2019 • 30-8:30 PM
Cori Cather, director, Psychology Services
MGH Schizophrenia Program
Macht Auditorium, Cambridge Hospital
1493 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA
(Parking vouchers available)

Cambridge Health Alliance - Cambridge Hospital

1493 Cambridge Street
3rd floor of the main building, in the Learning Center A (Also Called Conference Room A)
Cambridge
MA
02139
Map and Directions

Price: $0.00

Date: January 9, 2019

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