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Past Programs & Events

Family Support Group

A free support meeting for family members of people with mental illness where they can talk frankly about their challenges and support each other in coping with all the problems that arise in dealing with their loved ones.

The NAMI Cambridge-Middlesex offers Family Support Group meetings at the Cambridge Health Alliance - Cambridge hospital, 1493 Cambridge Street in Cambridge, MA 02139. The location is in on the 3rd floor of the main building, in the Learning Center A (also called Conference Room A) on the first, third, and fourth Monday of the month, 7:30 to 9:30 pm. and it's on the T.

Meeting Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

- First Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Lisa and Larry)
- Third Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Karen and Doris)
- Fourth Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Rae and Jane)

Contact Information

Elizabeth can be reached at elizabeth@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org or by calling (781) 646-0397.

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: July 6, 2015

Family-to-Family

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.

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 one of the teachers listed to get more details.

Meeting Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12 Thursdays, September 3, 2015 - November 19, 2015

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

Sharon at 914-960-9072
sharon@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

Carolyn at 917-375-1980
carolyn@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

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: September 3, 2015

Pete Earley Returns To Cambridge

WHAT I HAVE LEARNED ABOUT RESILIENCE AND RECOVERY

A Mental Health Journey from Despair to Recovery to Determination

Since the publication of Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness in 2007, journalist and author Pete Earley has visited 48 states and three foreign countries advocating for mental health reform. He has also witnessed his son’s deterioration from mental illness and his eventual courageous recovery. This fall he will share with us what he has learned along the way.

Pete Earley

Pete Earley

Pete Earley is the bestselling author of such books as The Hot House and Crazy. When he is not spending time with his family, he tours the globe advocating for mental health reform.

As a former reporter for The Washington Post, Pete uses his journalistic background to take a fair-minded approach to the story all while weaving an interesting tale for the reader.

September 8, 2015
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

See www.peteearley.com and peteearley.com/blog

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: September 8, 2015

Family-to-Family

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.

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 one of the teachers listed to get more details.

Meeting Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12 Thursdays, September 3, 2015 - November 19, 2015

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

Sharon at 914-960-9072
sharon@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

Carolyn at 917-375-1980
carolyn@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

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: September 10, 2015

Family-to-Family

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.

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 one of the teachers listed to get more details.

Meeting Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12 Thursdays, September 3, 2015 - November 19, 2015

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

Sharon at 914-960-9072
sharon@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

Carolyn at 917-375-1980
carolyn@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

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: September 17, 2015

Peer-to-Peer

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a 10-week recovery-focused educational program for adults who wish to establish and maintain wellness in response to mental health challenges. The course provides critical information and strategies related to living with mental illness. The class is taught by ‘Mentors’ who are trained by NAMI. Great value is placed on the individual experiences of each person in the class and participants are empowered and invited to share their own stories, coping tools that they have used and to comment on the information provided.

Incorporating presentations, discussion and exercises, this program provides a solid foundation for the recovery process. Peer-to-Peer gives participants a varied selection of tools and strategies designed to improve decision making skills, identify and overcome triggers and recognize the impact of emotions on actions.

Peer-to-Peer provides a confidential place to learn from shared experiences in an environment of sincere, uncritical acceptance.

Peer-to-Peer Class Topic List

Each class contains a combination of lecture and interactive exercise material and closes with Mindfulness Practice (techniques offered to develop and expand awareness). Each class builds on the one before: attendance each week is strongly recommended.

Week 1/Orientation
Icebreaker
Group ground rules
Discussion on course values

Week 2
Mental illnesses as traumatic experiences
Consumer stages of recovery
Stigma
Culture
Mindfulness

Week 3
“It’s not my fault”- mental illnesses as no-blame disorders
Brain biology and research
The challenges and benefits of medication
Relapse prevention
Creative visualization
Mindfulness

Week 4
Storytelling- sharing of personal experiences
Mindfulness

Week 5
Information and discussion about:
• Schizophrenia
• Depression
• Bipolar Disorder
• Schizoaffective Disorder
• Borderline Personality Disorder
Relapse prevention continued
Accounts of wisdom and strength
Mindfulness

Week 6
Information and discussions about:
• Generalized Anxiety Disorder
• Panic Disorder
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Dual Diagnosis
Relapse prevention continued
Substance abuse and addiction
The role of acceptance in recovery
Mindfulness

Week 7
Understanding emotions
Complete relapse prevention
Focusing on experiences of joy
Spirituality
Physical health and mental health
Mindfulness

Week 8
Suicide and prevention
Coming out of isolation
Mental illness and disclosure
Take-home tool for making difficult choices
Surviving a hospital stay
Advance Directive for Mental Healthcare Decision Making
Mindfulness

Week 9
Guest speaker
Hot buttons and triggers
Working with providers
Advance Directive continued
Incarceration- survival and preparedness
Mindfulness

Week 10
Another look at consumer stages of recovery
Empowerment
Advocacy
Opportunities for involvement in NAMI
Mindfulness
Evaluations
Celebration

NAMI Peer-to-Peer Class Schedule:
Wednesdays
Starting: September 23
10 weeks
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Contact:
Megan at 617-580-8541 or
mwiechnik@namimass.org

Click here to see the NAMI Peer-to-Peer Flyer

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: September 23, 2015

Family-to-Family

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.

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 one of the teachers listed to get more details.

Meeting Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12 Thursdays, September 3, 2015 - November 19, 2015

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

Sharon at 914-960-9072
sharon@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

Carolyn at 917-375-1980
carolyn@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

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: September 24, 2015

Peer-to-Peer

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a 10-week recovery-focused educational program for adults who wish to establish and maintain wellness in response to mental health challenges. The course provides critical information and strategies related to living with mental illness. The class is taught by ‘Mentors’ who are trained by NAMI. Great value is placed on the individual experiences of each person in the class and participants are empowered and invited to share their own stories, coping tools that they have used and to comment on the information provided.

Incorporating presentations, discussion and exercises, this program provides a solid foundation for the recovery process. Peer-to-Peer gives participants a varied selection of tools and strategies designed to improve decision making skills, identify and overcome triggers and recognize the impact of emotions on actions.

Peer-to-Peer provides a confidential place to learn from shared experiences in an environment of sincere, uncritical acceptance.

Peer-to-Peer Class Topic List

Each class contains a combination of lecture and interactive exercise material and closes with Mindfulness Practice (techniques offered to develop and expand awareness). Each class builds on the one before: attendance each week is strongly recommended.

Week 1/Orientation
Icebreaker
Group ground rules
Discussion on course values

Week 2
Mental illnesses as traumatic experiences
Consumer stages of recovery
Stigma
Culture
Mindfulness

Week 3
“It’s not my fault”- mental illnesses as no-blame disorders
Brain biology and research
The challenges and benefits of medication
Relapse prevention
Creative visualization
Mindfulness

Week 4
Storytelling- sharing of personal experiences
Mindfulness

Week 5
Information and discussion about:
• Schizophrenia
• Depression
• Bipolar Disorder
• Schizoaffective Disorder
• Borderline Personality Disorder
Relapse prevention continued
Accounts of wisdom and strength
Mindfulness

Week 6
Information and discussions about:
• Generalized Anxiety Disorder
• Panic Disorder
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Dual Diagnosis
Relapse prevention continued
Substance abuse and addiction
The role of acceptance in recovery
Mindfulness

Week 7
Understanding emotions
Complete relapse prevention
Focusing on experiences of joy
Spirituality
Physical health and mental health
Mindfulness

Week 8
Suicide and prevention
Coming out of isolation
Mental illness and disclosure
Take-home tool for making difficult choices
Surviving a hospital stay
Advance Directive for Mental Healthcare Decision Making
Mindfulness

Week 9
Guest speaker
Hot buttons and triggers
Working with providers
Advance Directive continued
Incarceration- survival and preparedness
Mindfulness

Week 10
Another look at consumer stages of recovery
Empowerment
Advocacy
Opportunities for involvement in NAMI
Mindfulness
Evaluations
Celebration

NAMI Peer-to-Peer Class Schedule:
Wednesdays
Starting: September 23
10 weeks
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Contact:
Megan at 617-580-8541 or
mwiechnik@namimass.org

Click here to see the NAMI Peer-to-Peer Flyer

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: September 30, 2015

Family-to-Family

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.

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 one of the teachers listed to get more details.

Meeting Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12 Thursdays, September 3, 2015 - November 19, 2015

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

Sharon at 914-960-9072
sharon@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

Carolyn at 917-375-1980
carolyn@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

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: October 1, 2015

Peer-to-Peer

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a 10-week recovery-focused educational program for adults who wish to establish and maintain wellness in response to mental health challenges. The course provides critical information and strategies related to living with mental illness. The class is taught by ‘Mentors’ who are trained by NAMI. Great value is placed on the individual experiences of each person in the class and participants are empowered and invited to share their own stories, coping tools that they have used and to comment on the information provided.

Incorporating presentations, discussion and exercises, this program provides a solid foundation for the recovery process. Peer-to-Peer gives participants a varied selection of tools and strategies designed to improve decision making skills, identify and overcome triggers and recognize the impact of emotions on actions.

Peer-to-Peer provides a confidential place to learn from shared experiences in an environment of sincere, uncritical acceptance.

Peer-to-Peer Class Topic List

Each class contains a combination of lecture and interactive exercise material and closes with Mindfulness Practice (techniques offered to develop and expand awareness). Each class builds on the one before: attendance each week is strongly recommended.

Week 1/Orientation
Icebreaker
Group ground rules
Discussion on course values

Week 2
Mental illnesses as traumatic experiences
Consumer stages of recovery
Stigma
Culture
Mindfulness

Week 3
“It’s not my fault”- mental illnesses as no-blame disorders
Brain biology and research
The challenges and benefits of medication
Relapse prevention
Creative visualization
Mindfulness

Week 4
Storytelling- sharing of personal experiences
Mindfulness

Week 5
Information and discussion about:
• Schizophrenia
• Depression
• Bipolar Disorder
• Schizoaffective Disorder
• Borderline Personality Disorder
Relapse prevention continued
Accounts of wisdom and strength
Mindfulness

Week 6
Information and discussions about:
• Generalized Anxiety Disorder
• Panic Disorder
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Dual Diagnosis
Relapse prevention continued
Substance abuse and addiction
The role of acceptance in recovery
Mindfulness

Week 7
Understanding emotions
Complete relapse prevention
Focusing on experiences of joy
Spirituality
Physical health and mental health
Mindfulness

Week 8
Suicide and prevention
Coming out of isolation
Mental illness and disclosure
Take-home tool for making difficult choices
Surviving a hospital stay
Advance Directive for Mental Healthcare Decision Making
Mindfulness

Week 9
Guest speaker
Hot buttons and triggers
Working with providers
Advance Directive continued
Incarceration- survival and preparedness
Mindfulness

Week 10
Another look at consumer stages of recovery
Empowerment
Advocacy
Opportunities for involvement in NAMI
Mindfulness
Evaluations
Celebration

NAMI Peer-to-Peer Class Schedule:
Wednesdays
Starting: September 23
10 weeks
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Contact:
Megan at 617-580-8541 or
mwiechnik@namimass.org

Click here to see the NAMI Peer-to-Peer Flyer

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: October 7, 2015

Family-to-Family

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.

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 one of the teachers listed to get more details.

Meeting Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12 Thursdays, September 3, 2015 - November 19, 2015

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

Sharon at 914-960-9072
sharon@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

Carolyn at 917-375-1980
carolyn@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

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: October 8, 2015

Peer-to-Peer

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a 10-week recovery-focused educational program for adults who wish to establish and maintain wellness in response to mental health challenges. The course provides critical information and strategies related to living with mental illness. The class is taught by ‘Mentors’ who are trained by NAMI. Great value is placed on the individual experiences of each person in the class and participants are empowered and invited to share their own stories, coping tools that they have used and to comment on the information provided.

Incorporating presentations, discussion and exercises, this program provides a solid foundation for the recovery process. Peer-to-Peer gives participants a varied selection of tools and strategies designed to improve decision making skills, identify and overcome triggers and recognize the impact of emotions on actions.

Peer-to-Peer provides a confidential place to learn from shared experiences in an environment of sincere, uncritical acceptance.

Peer-to-Peer Class Topic List

Each class contains a combination of lecture and interactive exercise material and closes with Mindfulness Practice (techniques offered to develop and expand awareness). Each class builds on the one before: attendance each week is strongly recommended.

Week 1/Orientation
Icebreaker
Group ground rules
Discussion on course values

Week 2
Mental illnesses as traumatic experiences
Consumer stages of recovery
Stigma
Culture
Mindfulness

Week 3
“It’s not my fault”- mental illnesses as no-blame disorders
Brain biology and research
The challenges and benefits of medication
Relapse prevention
Creative visualization
Mindfulness

Week 4
Storytelling- sharing of personal experiences
Mindfulness

Week 5
Information and discussion about:
• Schizophrenia
• Depression
• Bipolar Disorder
• Schizoaffective Disorder
• Borderline Personality Disorder
Relapse prevention continued
Accounts of wisdom and strength
Mindfulness

Week 6
Information and discussions about:
• Generalized Anxiety Disorder
• Panic Disorder
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Dual Diagnosis
Relapse prevention continued
Substance abuse and addiction
The role of acceptance in recovery
Mindfulness

Week 7
Understanding emotions
Complete relapse prevention
Focusing on experiences of joy
Spirituality
Physical health and mental health
Mindfulness

Week 8
Suicide and prevention
Coming out of isolation
Mental illness and disclosure
Take-home tool for making difficult choices
Surviving a hospital stay
Advance Directive for Mental Healthcare Decision Making
Mindfulness

Week 9
Guest speaker
Hot buttons and triggers
Working with providers
Advance Directive continued
Incarceration- survival and preparedness
Mindfulness

Week 10
Another look at consumer stages of recovery
Empowerment
Advocacy
Opportunities for involvement in NAMI
Mindfulness
Evaluations
Celebration

NAMI Peer-to-Peer Class Schedule:
Wednesdays
Starting: September 23
10 weeks
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Contact:
Megan at 617-580-8541 or
mwiechnik@namimass.org

Click here to see the NAMI Peer-to-Peer Flyer

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: October 14, 2015

Family-to-Family

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.

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 one of the teachers listed to get more details.

Meeting Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12 Thursdays, September 3, 2015 - November 19, 2015

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

Sharon at 914-960-9072
sharon@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

Carolyn at 917-375-1980
carolyn@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

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: October 15, 2015

Peer-to-Peer

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a 10-week recovery-focused educational program for adults who wish to establish and maintain wellness in response to mental health challenges. The course provides critical information and strategies related to living with mental illness. The class is taught by ‘Mentors’ who are trained by NAMI. Great value is placed on the individual experiences of each person in the class and participants are empowered and invited to share their own stories, coping tools that they have used and to comment on the information provided.

Incorporating presentations, discussion and exercises, this program provides a solid foundation for the recovery process. Peer-to-Peer gives participants a varied selection of tools and strategies designed to improve decision making skills, identify and overcome triggers and recognize the impact of emotions on actions.

Peer-to-Peer provides a confidential place to learn from shared experiences in an environment of sincere, uncritical acceptance.

Peer-to-Peer Class Topic List

Each class contains a combination of lecture and interactive exercise material and closes with Mindfulness Practice (techniques offered to develop and expand awareness). Each class builds on the one before: attendance each week is strongly recommended.

Week 1/Orientation
Icebreaker
Group ground rules
Discussion on course values

Week 2
Mental illnesses as traumatic experiences
Consumer stages of recovery
Stigma
Culture
Mindfulness

Week 3
“It’s not my fault”- mental illnesses as no-blame disorders
Brain biology and research
The challenges and benefits of medication
Relapse prevention
Creative visualization
Mindfulness

Week 4
Storytelling- sharing of personal experiences
Mindfulness

Week 5
Information and discussion about:
• Schizophrenia
• Depression
• Bipolar Disorder
• Schizoaffective Disorder
• Borderline Personality Disorder
Relapse prevention continued
Accounts of wisdom and strength
Mindfulness

Week 6
Information and discussions about:
• Generalized Anxiety Disorder
• Panic Disorder
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Dual Diagnosis
Relapse prevention continued
Substance abuse and addiction
The role of acceptance in recovery
Mindfulness

Week 7
Understanding emotions
Complete relapse prevention
Focusing on experiences of joy
Spirituality
Physical health and mental health
Mindfulness

Week 8
Suicide and prevention
Coming out of isolation
Mental illness and disclosure
Take-home tool for making difficult choices
Surviving a hospital stay
Advance Directive for Mental Healthcare Decision Making
Mindfulness

Week 9
Guest speaker
Hot buttons and triggers
Working with providers
Advance Directive continued
Incarceration- survival and preparedness
Mindfulness

Week 10
Another look at consumer stages of recovery
Empowerment
Advocacy
Opportunities for involvement in NAMI
Mindfulness
Evaluations
Celebration

NAMI Peer-to-Peer Class Schedule:
Wednesdays
Starting: September 23
10 weeks
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Contact:
Megan at 617-580-8541 or
mwiechnik@namimass.org

Click here to see the NAMI Peer-to-Peer Flyer

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: October 21, 2015

Family-to-Family

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.

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 one of the teachers listed to get more details.

Meeting Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12 Thursdays, September 3, 2015 - November 19, 2015

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

Sharon at 914-960-9072
sharon@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

Carolyn at 917-375-1980
carolyn@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

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: October 22, 2015

A Taste of Spain

Ole!

A Taste of Spain
Sunday, October 25, 2015, 3-6 pm
At the beautiful home of Claire Laporte, 77 Lakeview Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

Ole! A Taste of Spain

Get Ready to Bid

Bidding Online at —

www.biddingforgood.com/oletasteofspain

Starts Wednesday, Oct. 14, 8 am

Ends Friday, Oct. 23, 11:59 pm

Silent Auction Event Sunday, Oct. 25, 3-6 pm

Ole! A Taste of Spain—tapas, wine, music, and lively auction

77 Lakeview Ave, Cambridge

Register for event now at

www.biddingforgood.com/oletasteofspain

Right Now See all auction items at

www.biddingforgood.com/oletasteofspain

A Taste of Spain - Venue

77 Lakeview Avenue
Cambridge
MA
02138
Map and Directions

Price: $0.00

Date: October 25, 2015

Peer-to-Peer

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a 10-week recovery-focused educational program for adults who wish to establish and maintain wellness in response to mental health challenges. The course provides critical information and strategies related to living with mental illness. The class is taught by ‘Mentors’ who are trained by NAMI. Great value is placed on the individual experiences of each person in the class and participants are empowered and invited to share their own stories, coping tools that they have used and to comment on the information provided.

Incorporating presentations, discussion and exercises, this program provides a solid foundation for the recovery process. Peer-to-Peer gives participants a varied selection of tools and strategies designed to improve decision making skills, identify and overcome triggers and recognize the impact of emotions on actions.

Peer-to-Peer provides a confidential place to learn from shared experiences in an environment of sincere, uncritical acceptance.

Peer-to-Peer Class Topic List

Each class contains a combination of lecture and interactive exercise material and closes with Mindfulness Practice (techniques offered to develop and expand awareness). Each class builds on the one before: attendance each week is strongly recommended.

Week 1/Orientation
Icebreaker
Group ground rules
Discussion on course values

Week 2
Mental illnesses as traumatic experiences
Consumer stages of recovery
Stigma
Culture
Mindfulness

Week 3
“It’s not my fault”- mental illnesses as no-blame disorders
Brain biology and research
The challenges and benefits of medication
Relapse prevention
Creative visualization
Mindfulness

Week 4
Storytelling- sharing of personal experiences
Mindfulness

Week 5
Information and discussion about:
• Schizophrenia
• Depression
• Bipolar Disorder
• Schizoaffective Disorder
• Borderline Personality Disorder
Relapse prevention continued
Accounts of wisdom and strength
Mindfulness

Week 6
Information and discussions about:
• Generalized Anxiety Disorder
• Panic Disorder
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Dual Diagnosis
Relapse prevention continued
Substance abuse and addiction
The role of acceptance in recovery
Mindfulness

Week 7
Understanding emotions
Complete relapse prevention
Focusing on experiences of joy
Spirituality
Physical health and mental health
Mindfulness

Week 8
Suicide and prevention
Coming out of isolation
Mental illness and disclosure
Take-home tool for making difficult choices
Surviving a hospital stay
Advance Directive for Mental Healthcare Decision Making
Mindfulness

Week 9
Guest speaker
Hot buttons and triggers
Working with providers
Advance Directive continued
Incarceration- survival and preparedness
Mindfulness

Week 10
Another look at consumer stages of recovery
Empowerment
Advocacy
Opportunities for involvement in NAMI
Mindfulness
Evaluations
Celebration

NAMI Peer-to-Peer Class Schedule:
Wednesdays
Starting: September 23
10 weeks
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Contact:
Megan at 617-580-8541 or
mwiechnik@namimass.org

Click here to see the NAMI Peer-to-Peer Flyer

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: October 28, 2015

Family-to-Family

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.

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 one of the teachers listed to get more details.

Meeting Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12 Thursdays, September 3, 2015 - November 19, 2015

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

Sharon at 914-960-9072
sharon@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

Carolyn at 917-375-1980
carolyn@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

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: October 29, 2015

Peer-to-Peer

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a 10-week recovery-focused educational program for adults who wish to establish and maintain wellness in response to mental health challenges. The course provides critical information and strategies related to living with mental illness. The class is taught by ‘Mentors’ who are trained by NAMI. Great value is placed on the individual experiences of each person in the class and participants are empowered and invited to share their own stories, coping tools that they have used and to comment on the information provided.

Incorporating presentations, discussion and exercises, this program provides a solid foundation for the recovery process. Peer-to-Peer gives participants a varied selection of tools and strategies designed to improve decision making skills, identify and overcome triggers and recognize the impact of emotions on actions.

Peer-to-Peer provides a confidential place to learn from shared experiences in an environment of sincere, uncritical acceptance.

Peer-to-Peer Class Topic List

Each class contains a combination of lecture and interactive exercise material and closes with Mindfulness Practice (techniques offered to develop and expand awareness). Each class builds on the one before: attendance each week is strongly recommended.

Week 1/Orientation
Icebreaker
Group ground rules
Discussion on course values

Week 2
Mental illnesses as traumatic experiences
Consumer stages of recovery
Stigma
Culture
Mindfulness

Week 3
“It’s not my fault”- mental illnesses as no-blame disorders
Brain biology and research
The challenges and benefits of medication
Relapse prevention
Creative visualization
Mindfulness

Week 4
Storytelling- sharing of personal experiences
Mindfulness

Week 5
Information and discussion about:
• Schizophrenia
• Depression
• Bipolar Disorder
• Schizoaffective Disorder
• Borderline Personality Disorder
Relapse prevention continued
Accounts of wisdom and strength
Mindfulness

Week 6
Information and discussions about:
• Generalized Anxiety Disorder
• Panic Disorder
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Dual Diagnosis
Relapse prevention continued
Substance abuse and addiction
The role of acceptance in recovery
Mindfulness

Week 7
Understanding emotions
Complete relapse prevention
Focusing on experiences of joy
Spirituality
Physical health and mental health
Mindfulness

Week 8
Suicide and prevention
Coming out of isolation
Mental illness and disclosure
Take-home tool for making difficult choices
Surviving a hospital stay
Advance Directive for Mental Healthcare Decision Making
Mindfulness

Week 9
Guest speaker
Hot buttons and triggers
Working with providers
Advance Directive continued
Incarceration- survival and preparedness
Mindfulness

Week 10
Another look at consumer stages of recovery
Empowerment
Advocacy
Opportunities for involvement in NAMI
Mindfulness
Evaluations
Celebration

NAMI Peer-to-Peer Class Schedule:
Wednesdays
Starting: September 23
10 weeks
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Contact:
Megan at 617-580-8541 or
mwiechnik@namimass.org

Click here to see the NAMI Peer-to-Peer Flyer

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: November 4, 2015

Family-to-Family

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.

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 one of the teachers listed to get more details.

Meeting Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12 Thursdays, September 3, 2015 - November 19, 2015

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

Sharon at 914-960-9072
sharon@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

Carolyn at 917-375-1980
carolyn@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

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: November 5, 2015

Michael Mack Performs

Michael Mack Performs "Hearing Voices (Speaking in Tongues)"

Michael Mack returns with his moving, often humorous, multi-character, one-man show of a family navigating mother’s schizophrenia and eventual recovery. Called by the Boston Globe “Transcendent art that reaches out with unblinking honesty.” See the award-winning show about love and schizophrenia.

November, 9, 2015
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Michael Mack

Michael Mack

hearing voices
speaking in tongues

Michael Mack was a little boy when his mother was first diagnosed with schizophrenia -- becoming convinced that she was the Virgin Mary.

One in every five families faces a major mental illness, and the stunning transformation of a loved one can strike a child mute.

But Michael Mack found his voice, and he shares it with others in his feature-length solo play Hearing Voices, Speaking in Tongues.

Over a decade in creation, Mack's multi-character one-man show is a lyric memoir of one family navigating a life-changing reality.

Mack charts his mother's odyssey through state hospitals, halfway houses, jails, and homelessness until she finds recovery through an unexpected grace.

Exploring the shadowy landscape between psychosis and religious illumination, Hearing Voices, Speaking in Tongues is one family's journey of deliverance.

See http://www.michaelmacklive.com/hearingvoices.html

Cambridge Health Alliance - Cambridge Hospital

1493 Cambridge Street
Macht Auditorium
Cambridge
MA
02139
Map and Directions

Price: $0.00

Date: November 9, 2015

Peer-to-Peer

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a 10-week recovery-focused educational program for adults who wish to establish and maintain wellness in response to mental health challenges. The course provides critical information and strategies related to living with mental illness. The class is taught by ‘Mentors’ who are trained by NAMI. Great value is placed on the individual experiences of each person in the class and participants are empowered and invited to share their own stories, coping tools that they have used and to comment on the information provided.

Incorporating presentations, discussion and exercises, this program provides a solid foundation for the recovery process. Peer-to-Peer gives participants a varied selection of tools and strategies designed to improve decision making skills, identify and overcome triggers and recognize the impact of emotions on actions.

Peer-to-Peer provides a confidential place to learn from shared experiences in an environment of sincere, uncritical acceptance.

Peer-to-Peer Class Topic List

Each class contains a combination of lecture and interactive exercise material and closes with Mindfulness Practice (techniques offered to develop and expand awareness). Each class builds on the one before: attendance each week is strongly recommended.

Week 1/Orientation
Icebreaker
Group ground rules
Discussion on course values

Week 2
Mental illnesses as traumatic experiences
Consumer stages of recovery
Stigma
Culture
Mindfulness

Week 3
“It’s not my fault”- mental illnesses as no-blame disorders
Brain biology and research
The challenges and benefits of medication
Relapse prevention
Creative visualization
Mindfulness

Week 4
Storytelling- sharing of personal experiences
Mindfulness

Week 5
Information and discussion about:
• Schizophrenia
• Depression
• Bipolar Disorder
• Schizoaffective Disorder
• Borderline Personality Disorder
Relapse prevention continued
Accounts of wisdom and strength
Mindfulness

Week 6
Information and discussions about:
• Generalized Anxiety Disorder
• Panic Disorder
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Dual Diagnosis
Relapse prevention continued
Substance abuse and addiction
The role of acceptance in recovery
Mindfulness

Week 7
Understanding emotions
Complete relapse prevention
Focusing on experiences of joy
Spirituality
Physical health and mental health
Mindfulness

Week 8
Suicide and prevention
Coming out of isolation
Mental illness and disclosure
Take-home tool for making difficult choices
Surviving a hospital stay
Advance Directive for Mental Healthcare Decision Making
Mindfulness

Week 9
Guest speaker
Hot buttons and triggers
Working with providers
Advance Directive continued
Incarceration- survival and preparedness
Mindfulness

Week 10
Another look at consumer stages of recovery
Empowerment
Advocacy
Opportunities for involvement in NAMI
Mindfulness
Evaluations
Celebration

NAMI Peer-to-Peer Class Schedule:
Wednesdays
Starting: September 23
10 weeks
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Contact:
Megan at 617-580-8541 or
mwiechnik@namimass.org

Click here to see the NAMI Peer-to-Peer Flyer

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: November 11, 2015

Family-to-Family

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.

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 one of the teachers listed to get more details.

Meeting Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12 Thursdays, September 3, 2015 - November 19, 2015

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

Sharon at 914-960-9072
sharon@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

Carolyn at 917-375-1980
carolyn@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

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: November 12, 2015

Peer-to-Peer

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a 10-week recovery-focused educational program for adults who wish to establish and maintain wellness in response to mental health challenges. The course provides critical information and strategies related to living with mental illness. The class is taught by ‘Mentors’ who are trained by NAMI. Great value is placed on the individual experiences of each person in the class and participants are empowered and invited to share their own stories, coping tools that they have used and to comment on the information provided.

Incorporating presentations, discussion and exercises, this program provides a solid foundation for the recovery process. Peer-to-Peer gives participants a varied selection of tools and strategies designed to improve decision making skills, identify and overcome triggers and recognize the impact of emotions on actions.

Peer-to-Peer provides a confidential place to learn from shared experiences in an environment of sincere, uncritical acceptance.

Peer-to-Peer Class Topic List

Each class contains a combination of lecture and interactive exercise material and closes with Mindfulness Practice (techniques offered to develop and expand awareness). Each class builds on the one before: attendance each week is strongly recommended.

Week 1/Orientation
Icebreaker
Group ground rules
Discussion on course values

Week 2
Mental illnesses as traumatic experiences
Consumer stages of recovery
Stigma
Culture
Mindfulness

Week 3
“It’s not my fault”- mental illnesses as no-blame disorders
Brain biology and research
The challenges and benefits of medication
Relapse prevention
Creative visualization
Mindfulness

Week 4
Storytelling- sharing of personal experiences
Mindfulness

Week 5
Information and discussion about:
• Schizophrenia
• Depression
• Bipolar Disorder
• Schizoaffective Disorder
• Borderline Personality Disorder
Relapse prevention continued
Accounts of wisdom and strength
Mindfulness

Week 6
Information and discussions about:
• Generalized Anxiety Disorder
• Panic Disorder
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Dual Diagnosis
Relapse prevention continued
Substance abuse and addiction
The role of acceptance in recovery
Mindfulness

Week 7
Understanding emotions
Complete relapse prevention
Focusing on experiences of joy
Spirituality
Physical health and mental health
Mindfulness

Week 8
Suicide and prevention
Coming out of isolation
Mental illness and disclosure
Take-home tool for making difficult choices
Surviving a hospital stay
Advance Directive for Mental Healthcare Decision Making
Mindfulness

Week 9
Guest speaker
Hot buttons and triggers
Working with providers
Advance Directive continued
Incarceration- survival and preparedness
Mindfulness

Week 10
Another look at consumer stages of recovery
Empowerment
Advocacy
Opportunities for involvement in NAMI
Mindfulness
Evaluations
Celebration

NAMI Peer-to-Peer Class Schedule:
Wednesdays
Starting: September 23
10 weeks
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Contact:
Megan at 617-580-8541 or
mwiechnik@namimass.org

Click here to see the NAMI Peer-to-Peer Flyer

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: November 18, 2015

Family-to-Family

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.

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 one of the teachers listed to get more details.

Meeting Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12 Thursdays, September 3, 2015 - November 19, 2015

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

Sharon at 914-960-9072
sharon@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

Carolyn at 917-375-1980
carolyn@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

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: November 19, 2015

Peer-to-Peer

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a 10-week recovery-focused educational program for adults who wish to establish and maintain wellness in response to mental health challenges. The course provides critical information and strategies related to living with mental illness. The class is taught by ‘Mentors’ who are trained by NAMI. Great value is placed on the individual experiences of each person in the class and participants are empowered and invited to share their own stories, coping tools that they have used and to comment on the information provided.

Incorporating presentations, discussion and exercises, this program provides a solid foundation for the recovery process. Peer-to-Peer gives participants a varied selection of tools and strategies designed to improve decision making skills, identify and overcome triggers and recognize the impact of emotions on actions.

Peer-to-Peer provides a confidential place to learn from shared experiences in an environment of sincere, uncritical acceptance.

Peer-to-Peer Class Topic List

Each class contains a combination of lecture and interactive exercise material and closes with Mindfulness Practice (techniques offered to develop and expand awareness). Each class builds on the one before: attendance each week is strongly recommended.

Week 1/Orientation
Icebreaker
Group ground rules
Discussion on course values

Week 2
Mental illnesses as traumatic experiences
Consumer stages of recovery
Stigma
Culture
Mindfulness

Week 3
“It’s not my fault”- mental illnesses as no-blame disorders
Brain biology and research
The challenges and benefits of medication
Relapse prevention
Creative visualization
Mindfulness

Week 4
Storytelling- sharing of personal experiences
Mindfulness

Week 5
Information and discussion about:
• Schizophrenia
• Depression
• Bipolar Disorder
• Schizoaffective Disorder
• Borderline Personality Disorder
Relapse prevention continued
Accounts of wisdom and strength
Mindfulness

Week 6
Information and discussions about:
• Generalized Anxiety Disorder
• Panic Disorder
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Dual Diagnosis
Relapse prevention continued
Substance abuse and addiction
The role of acceptance in recovery
Mindfulness

Week 7
Understanding emotions
Complete relapse prevention
Focusing on experiences of joy
Spirituality
Physical health and mental health
Mindfulness

Week 8
Suicide and prevention
Coming out of isolation
Mental illness and disclosure
Take-home tool for making difficult choices
Surviving a hospital stay
Advance Directive for Mental Healthcare Decision Making
Mindfulness

Week 9
Guest speaker
Hot buttons and triggers
Working with providers
Advance Directive continued
Incarceration- survival and preparedness
Mindfulness

Week 10
Another look at consumer stages of recovery
Empowerment
Advocacy
Opportunities for involvement in NAMI
Mindfulness
Evaluations
Celebration

NAMI Peer-to-Peer Class Schedule:
Wednesdays
Starting: September 23
10 weeks
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Contact:
Megan at 617-580-8541 or
mwiechnik@namimass.org

Click here to see the NAMI Peer-to-Peer Flyer

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: November 25, 2015

Dr. Mark Komrad Speaks

Dr. Mark Komrad Is Back . . .

Dr. Komrad will outline his step-by-step plan to convince a loved one to get counseling, from his book, You Need Help.

Spend a profitable Sunday afternoon with the famed Dr. Mark Komrad who will share his wisdom on how to get your loved one into treatment. A member of the prestigious American College of Psychiatrists and honored as an “Exemplary Psychiatrist” by NAMI, Dr. Komrad is a frequent guest on NPR, answering callers’ questions, and was a speaker at NAMI’s 2014 National Conference.

You can listen to Dr. Komrad’s “fireside chat” in which he addresses a wide range of questions submitted to him by people living with a mental illness, giving insight into how psychiatrists think through evaluating and understanding the complexity mental illnesses at this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lqk32cliye4&spfreload=10

Visit www.komradmd.com or amazon.com to order Dr. Komrad’s book in advance of the program.

Sunday, March 13, 2016
2-4 pm

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: March 13, 2016

NAMI Mass Advocacy Day

Advocacy Day
At the Massachusetts State House

Featuring Keynote Speaker Congressman Joe Kennedy III

Friday, April 8, 2016 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Great Hall at the State House

Registration: 10:00 am Speakers: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lunch: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Visit Legislators: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Price: $0.00

Date: April 8, 2016

Recovery is Real: Psychotic Disorders

Recovery is Real: Psychotic Disorders
Hear from those who have lived it
Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Ben Boone, BA, Emerson College, author of Minority
of Mind, and personal coach; Lisa Halpern, BA
(summa cum laude), Duke University, MPP, Harvard
University, and director of recovery services at Vinfen);
Ewa Pytowska, interim co-director at NAMI
GBCAN, the Greater Boston Consumer Advocacy
Network, a Peer to Peer instructor, member of the
NAMI Mass Board of Directors, and a graduate
of Bryn Mawr College and the Harvard University
Graduate School of Education; and Leonard
Mulcahy, BA, CPT, CPS, CPRP, fitness coordinator
at the Boston University Center for Psychiatric
Rehabilitation.

Cambridge Health Alliance - Cambridge Hospital

1493 Cambridge Street
Macht Auditorium
Cambridge
MA
02139
Map and Directions

Price: $0.00

Date: April 12, 2016

13th Annual NAMI WALK

Walk with us on Saturday, May 14, 2016 for…

RECOVERY • EDUCATION • SUPPORT • ADVOCACY

The NAMI WALK is a national event and our primary source of operating funds. People love to help. Friends and relatives are always willing to donate to this special cause—you just have to ask.

Our 2016 Walk team page is here: http://www.namiwalks.org/team/6089

For more information or help signing up, contact our Cambridge Walk Team Captain John Sharp: (john@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org or 781-646-6381).

Artesani Park

1255 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
02456
Map and Directions

Website: http://cityseeker.com/boston-ma/714754-artesani-park

Price: $0.00

Date: May 14, 2016

Family Support Group

A free support meeting for family members of people with mental illness where they can talk frankly about their challenges and support each other in coping with all the problems that arise in dealing with their loved ones.

The NAMI Cambridge-Middlesex offers Family Support Group meetings at the Cambridge Health Alliance - Cambridge hospital, 1493 Cambridge Street in Cambridge, MA 02139. The location is in on the 3rd floor of the main building, in the Learning Center A (also called Conference Room A) on the first, third, and fourth Monday of the month, 7:30 to 9:30 pm. and it's on the T.

Meeting Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

- First Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Lisa and Larry)
- Third Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Karen and Doris)
- Fourth Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Rae and Jane)

Contact Information

Elizabeth can be reached at elizabeth@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org or by calling 781-646-0397 or 617-984-0527.

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: May 23, 2016

Family Support Group

A free support meeting for family members of people with mental illness where they can talk frankly about their challenges and support each other in coping with all the problems that arise in dealing with their loved ones.

The NAMI Cambridge-Middlesex offers Family Support Group meetings at the Cambridge Health Alliance - Cambridge hospital, 1493 Cambridge Street in Cambridge, MA 02139. The location is in on the 3rd floor of the main building, in the Learning Center A (also called Conference Room A) on the first, third, and fourth Monday of the month, 7:30 to 9:30 pm. and it's on the T.

Meeting Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

- First Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Lisa and Larry)
- Third Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Karen and Doris)
- Fourth Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Rae and Jane)

Contact Information

Elizabeth can be reached at elizabeth@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org or by calling 781-646-0397 or 617-984-0527.

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: June 6, 2016

Family Support Group

A free support meeting for family members of people with mental illness where they can talk frankly about their challenges and support each other in coping with all the problems that arise in dealing with their loved ones.

The NAMI Cambridge-Middlesex offers Family Support Group meetings at the Cambridge Health Alliance - Cambridge hospital, 1493 Cambridge Street in Cambridge, MA 02139. The location is in on the 3rd floor of the main building, in the Learning Center A (also called Conference Room A) on the first, third, and fourth Monday of the month, 7:30 to 9:30 pm. and it's on the T.

Meeting Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

- First Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Lisa and Larry)
- Third Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Karen and Doris)
- Fourth Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Rae and Jane)

Contact Information

Elizabeth can be reached at elizabeth@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org or by calling 781-646-0397 or 617-984-0527.

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: June 20, 2016

Family Support Group

A free support meeting for family members of people with mental illness where they can talk frankly about their challenges and support each other in coping with all the problems that arise in dealing with their loved ones.

The NAMI Cambridge-Middlesex offers Family Support Group meetings at the Cambridge Health Alliance - Cambridge hospital, 1493 Cambridge Street in Cambridge, MA 02139. The location is in on the 3rd floor of the main building, in the Learning Center A (also called Conference Room A) on the first, third, and fourth Monday of the month, 7:30 to 9:30 pm. and it's on the T.

Meeting Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

- First Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Lisa and Larry)
- Third Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Karen and Doris)
- Fourth Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Rae and Jane)

Contact Information

Elizabeth can be reached at elizabeth@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org or by calling 781-646-0397 or 617-984-0527.

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: June 27, 2016

Family Support Group

A free support meeting for family members of people with mental illness where they can talk frankly about their challenges and support each other in coping with all the problems that arise in dealing with their loved ones.

The NAMI Cambridge-Middlesex offers Family Support Group meetings at the Cambridge Health Alliance - Cambridge hospital, 1493 Cambridge Street in Cambridge, MA 02139. The location is in on the 3rd floor of the main building, in the Learning Center A (also called Conference Room A) on the first, third, and fourth Monday of the month, 7:30 to 9:30 pm. and it's on the T.

Meeting Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

- First Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Lisa and Larry)
- Third Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Karen and Doris)
- Fourth Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Rae and Jane)

Contact Information

Elizabeth can be reached at elizabeth@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org or by calling 781-646-0397 or 617-984-0527.

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: July 6, 2016

Family Support Group

A free support meeting for family members of people with mental illness where they can talk frankly about their challenges and support each other in coping with all the problems that arise in dealing with their loved ones.

The NAMI Cambridge-Middlesex offers Family Support Group meetings at the Cambridge Health Alliance - Cambridge hospital, 1493 Cambridge Street in Cambridge, MA 02139. The location is in on the 3rd floor of the main building, in the Learning Center A (also called Conference Room A) on the first, third, and fourth Monday of the month, 7:30 to 9:30 pm. and it's on the T.

Meeting Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

- First Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Lisa and Larry)
- Third Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Karen and Doris)
- Fourth Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Rae and Jane)

Contact Information

Elizabeth can be reached at elizabeth@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org or by calling 781-646-0397 or 617-984-0527.

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: July 20, 2016

Family Support Group

A free support meeting for family members of people with mental illness where they can talk frankly about their challenges and support each other in coping with all the problems that arise in dealing with their loved ones.

The NAMI Cambridge-Middlesex offers Family Support Group meetings at the Cambridge Health Alliance - Cambridge hospital, 1493 Cambridge Street in Cambridge, MA 02139. The location is in on the 3rd floor of the main building, in the Learning Center A (also called Conference Room A) on the first, third, and fourth Monday of the month, 7:30 to 9:30 pm. and it's on the T.

Meeting Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

- First Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Lisa and Larry)
- Third Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Karen and Doris)
- Fourth Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Rae and Jane)

Contact Information

Elizabeth can be reached at elizabeth@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org or by calling 781-646-0397 or 617-984-0527.

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: July 25, 2016

Family Support Group

A free support meeting for family members of people with mental illness where they can talk frankly about their challenges and support each other in coping with all the problems that arise in dealing with their loved ones.

The NAMI Cambridge-Middlesex offers Family Support Group meetings at the Cambridge Health Alliance - Cambridge hospital, 1493 Cambridge Street in Cambridge, MA 02139. The location is in on the 3rd floor of the main building, in the Learning Center A (also called Conference Room A) on the first, third, and fourth Monday of the month, 7:30 to 9:30 pm. and it's on the T.

Meeting Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

- First Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Lisa and Larry)
- Third Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Karen and Doris)
- Fourth Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Rae and Jane)

Contact Information

Elizabeth can be reached at elizabeth@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org or by calling 781-646-0397 or 617-984-0527.

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: August 6, 2016

Family Support Group

A free support meeting for family members of people with mental illness where they can talk frankly about their challenges and support each other in coping with all the problems that arise in dealing with their loved ones.

The NAMI Cambridge-Middlesex offers Family Support Group meetings at the Cambridge Health Alliance - Cambridge hospital, 1493 Cambridge Street in Cambridge, MA 02139. The location is in on the 3rd floor of the main building, in the Learning Center A (also called Conference Room A) on the first, third, and fourth Monday of the month, 7:30 to 9:30 pm. and it's on the T.

Meeting Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

- First Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Lisa and Larry)
- Third Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Karen and Doris)
- Fourth Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Rae and Jane)

Contact Information

Elizabeth can be reached at elizabeth@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org or by calling 781-646-0397 or 617-984-0527.

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: August 20, 2016

Family Support Group

A free support meeting for family members of people with mental illness where they can talk frankly about their challenges and support each other in coping with all the problems that arise in dealing with their loved ones.

The NAMI Cambridge-Middlesex offers Family Support Group meetings at the Cambridge Health Alliance - Cambridge hospital, 1493 Cambridge Street in Cambridge, MA 02139. The location is in on the 3rd floor of the main building, in the Learning Center A (also called Conference Room A) on the first, third, and fourth Monday of the month, 7:30 to 9:30 pm. and it's on the T.

Meeting Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

- First Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Lisa and Larry)
- Third Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Karen and Doris)
- Fourth Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Rae and Jane)

Contact Information

Elizabeth can be reached at elizabeth@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org or by calling 781-646-0397 or 617-984-0527.

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: August 22, 2016

Family Support Group

A free support meeting for family members of people with mental illness where they can talk frankly about their challenges and support each other in coping with all the problems that arise in dealing with their loved ones.

The NAMI Cambridge-Middlesex offers Family Support Group meetings at the Cambridge Health Alliance - Cambridge hospital, 1493 Cambridge Street in Cambridge, MA 02139. The location is in on the 3rd floor of the main building, in the Learning Center A (also called Conference Room A) on the first, third, and fourth Monday of the month, 7:30 to 9:30 pm. and it's on the T.

Meeting Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

- First Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Lisa and Larry)
- Third Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Karen and Doris)
- Fourth Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Rae and Jane)

Contact Information

Elizabeth can be reached at elizabeth@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org or by calling 781-646-0397 or 617-984-0527.

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: September 6, 2016

Family-To-Family

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.

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 one of the teachers listed to get more details.

Meeting Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12 Thursdays, September 8, 2016 - November 17, 2016

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

Sharon at 914-960-9072
sharon@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

Carolyn at 917-375-1980
carolyn@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

Price: $0.00

Date: September 8, 2016

Family-To-Family

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.

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 one of the teachers listed to get more details.

Meeting Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12 Thursdays, September 8, 2016 - November 17, 2016

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

Sharon at 914-960-9072
sharon@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

Carolyn at 917-375-1980
carolyn@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

Price: $0.00

Date: September 15, 2016

Family Support Group

A free support meeting for family members of people with mental illness where they can talk frankly about their challenges and support each other in coping with all the problems that arise in dealing with their loved ones.

The NAMI Cambridge-Middlesex offers Family Support Group meetings at the Cambridge Health Alliance - Cambridge hospital, 1493 Cambridge Street in Cambridge, MA 02139. The location is in on the 3rd floor of the main building, in the Learning Center A (also called Conference Room A) on the first, third, and fourth Monday of the month, 7:30 to 9:30 pm. and it's on the T.

Meeting Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

- First Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Lisa and Larry)
- Third Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Karen and Doris)
- Fourth Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Rae and Jane)

Contact Information

Elizabeth can be reached at elizabeth@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org or by calling 781-646-0397 or 617-984-0527.

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: September 20, 2016

Family-To-Family

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.

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 one of the teachers listed to get more details.

Meeting Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12 Thursdays, September 8, 2016 - November 17, 2016

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

Sharon at 914-960-9072
sharon@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

Carolyn at 917-375-1980
carolyn@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

Price: $0.00

Date: September 22, 2016

The Charms of Chile - 2016 Auction

NAMI 2016 Auction

Price: $0.00

Date: September 25, 2016

Family Support Group

A free support meeting for family members of people with mental illness where they can talk frankly about their challenges and support each other in coping with all the problems that arise in dealing with their loved ones.

The NAMI Cambridge-Middlesex offers Family Support Group meetings at the Cambridge Health Alliance - Cambridge hospital, 1493 Cambridge Street in Cambridge, MA 02139. The location is in on the 3rd floor of the main building, in the Learning Center A (also called Conference Room A) on the first, third, and fourth Monday of the month, 7:30 to 9:30 pm. and it's on the T.

Meeting Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

- First Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Lisa and Larry)
- Third Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Karen and Doris)
- Fourth Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Rae and Jane)

Contact Information

Elizabeth can be reached at elizabeth@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org or by calling 781-646-0397 or 617-984-0527.

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: September 26, 2016

Family-To-Family

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.

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 one of the teachers listed to get more details.

Meeting Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12 Thursdays, September 8, 2016 - November 17, 2016

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

Sharon at 914-960-9072
sharon@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

Carolyn at 917-375-1980
carolyn@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

Price: $0.00

Date: September 29, 2016

Family Support Group

A free support meeting for family members of people with mental illness where they can talk frankly about their challenges and support each other in coping with all the problems that arise in dealing with their loved ones.

The NAMI Cambridge-Middlesex offers Family Support Group meetings at the Cambridge Health Alliance - Cambridge hospital, 1493 Cambridge Street in Cambridge, MA 02139. The location is in on the 3rd floor of the main building, in the Learning Center A (also called Conference Room A) on the first, third, and fourth Monday of the month, 7:30 to 9:30 pm. and it's on the T.

Meeting Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

- First Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Lisa and Larry)
- Third Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Karen and Doris)
- Fourth Monday of the Month: 7:30-9:30 pm (Facilitated by Rae and Jane)

Contact Information

Elizabeth can be reached at elizabeth@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org or by calling 781-646-0397 or 617-984-0527.

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: October 3, 2016

Family-To-Family

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.

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 one of the teachers listed to get more details.

Meeting Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12 Thursdays, September 8, 2016 - November 17, 2016

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

Sharon at 914-960-9072
sharon@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

Carolyn at 917-375-1980
carolyn@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org

Price: $0.00

Date: October 6, 2016

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PSYCHIATRIC EMERGENCY SERVICES

This is a meeting you may thank yourself later for attending. When you need it, you need it now!

Dr. Suzanne Bird, MD, and Tobin Rodriguez, LICSW will tell us about community-based and hospital-based resources for managing psychiatric emergencies in our area. What’s available, to whom is it available, and how best to navigate the system.

Suzanne A. Bird MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Director, Psychiatric Emergency Service, Cambridge Hospital
Tobin Rodriguez, LICSW

Assistant Director, Cambridge/Somerville Emergency Services Program, North Suffolk Mental Health Association

Families that struggle with psychiatric issues may at some point be in a situation where they will need outside help. Do you know what to do when there is a psychiatric emergency—whom do you call? Who will come and what are their procedures? Where in our area will they take your loved one and how is this covered? What changes in the system have occurred over the years that we all should be aware of?

Fortunately, we will get these answers and other vital information from our knowledgeable panel of speakers. They will talk about community-based and hospital-based resources for managing psychiatric emergencies. They will cover what’s available, to whom is it available, and how best to navigate the system. Come to the meeting on May 3rd, and get what we all need to know!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011
7:00pm – 9:00pm
6:30pm refreshments/social time

Macht Auditorium
Cambridge Hospital
1493 Cambridge St., Cambridge

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Let’s Be Clear:
Communicating More Effectively with People
Who Have Mental Illness

An Interactive Workshop Led by Corinne Cather, Ph.D.

Does your son refuse to get up in the morning?
Does your sister insist she doesn’t need to take her medications?
Has your husband gained 40 pounds and refuses to exercise?
Is your daughter engaging in dangerous behaviors and refusing help?

Join us and learn effective strategies for communicating with your loved one who
is living with mental illness and help them better cope with life stresses.

Dr. Corinne Cather, Ph D., is a renowned psychologist at the Massachusetts General
Hospital and instructor in psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School. She is nationally
recognized as a leading clinician and researcher in cognitive behavioral therapy* (CBT)
and is well known for her interactive workshops on effective communication with those
who have mental illness. Dr. Cather has special expertise in using CBT to treat residual
symptoms and addiction, and to promote medication adherence and social skills,
especially in individuals with schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Dr. Cather is currently
working to modify these approaches to use in first episode and early psychosis.

*CBT is a short-term, skills-based behavioral treatment, which helps people change the
way they think, act and feel, in order to better cope with symptoms of mental illness and
the stresses of daily life.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
7:00pm – 9:00pm
6:30pm refreshments/social time

Macht Auditorium
Cambridge Hospital
1493 Cambridge St., Cambridge

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Film “UNLISTED:  A STORY OF SCHIZOPHRENIA”
A documentary film by Delaney Ruston, M.D.

“Unlisted” – winner of multiple awards, including “Most Compelling Documentary” by the Seattle True Independent Film Festival – is the personal story of Seattle physician Delaney Ruston.

As the film’s writer and director, Ruston chronicles her reunion with her father after 10 years of estrangement. She illustrates the challenges with his schizophrenia and how the system is, for those trying desperately to find a path to wellness and integration into their community, in disrepair.

The film also explores how bureaucracy, the lack of continuity of care and the lack of funding and housing all hamper progress.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
7:00pm – 9:00pm
6:30pm refreshments/social time

Macht Auditorium
Cambridge Hospital
1493 Cambridge St., Cambridge

(Free hospital parking with vouchers obtained at the meeting)

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