Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Family to Family: Fall Classes and Teacher Training Update

Fall is almost here, and that means NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania's Fall Family-to-Family Education Classes will be starting soon. Sponsored by NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania and NAMI Pennsylvania, the Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 11-week course held in March and September for families and friends of individuals with brain disorders called serious mental illness. The course is taught by trained family members who have lived with this experience. Many family members describe this program as a life-changing experience.

In an effort to expand the Family-to-Family program throughout the 10-county region, NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania held a July Family-to-Family Teacher Training at the North Hills office. Training took place over three days and consisted of four psychoeducational classes that covered basic factual information as well as training about the emotional aspects of the family experience. The nine individuals that completed the July training are: Jean Cheppa, Theresa Gleason, Susan Harrington, Jennifer Lukondi, Mary Lindsay, Joyce (Maci) Maciak, Christine Michaels, Susan Niesser and Annie Watson.

September Family-to-Family classes will be held at the following locations:

Squirrel Hill: Children's Institute, 1405 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh, begins Monday, Sept. 13, 6:30 - 9 p.m.

East Liberty: Veteran's Place of Washington Blvd., 945 Washington Blvd., Pittsburgh, begins Friday, Sept. 10, 6:30 - 9 p.m.

Washington, Pa: 907 Jefferson Avenue, begins Monday, Sept. 20, 7 - 9:30 p.m.

To register for a class or for more information about Family-to-Family or other NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania programs, please call (412)-366-3788!

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