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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:

Contact:
Megan at 617-580-8541 or
mwiechnik@namimass.org

Click here to see scheduled Peer to Peer class, if available

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

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