Friday, September 2, 2011

NAMI Basics Classes This Fall

NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania will be holding a NAMI Basics class this fall - details below!

Class Dates: Classes start Thursday, Oct. 13 and will meet weekly for six weeks through Thursday, Nov. 17

Class Time: 6:30 p.m - 9 p.m.

Location: NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania, 105 Braunlich Drive Suite 200, Pittsburgh PA 15237

To Register: Contact the NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania office at 412-366-3788

Parents and other primary caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illness have diverse and complex needs. Getting the right diagnosis and treatment, as well as education and support, is critical for the entire family.

Education and support for families helps them to live the best life possible while managing the trauma that often accompanies the onset of mental illness.

NAMI Basics allows families to connect to one another while learning about mental illness and empowering themselves to overcome new challenges. It provides information families want and need about their child.

What makes the NAMI Basics education program unique?
Taught by parents or other primary caregivers who have lived similar experiences with their own children, NAMI Basics is an educational program that provides learning and practical insights for families. Course elements include:

- The trauma of mental illness for the child and family

- The biology of mental illness: getting an accurate diagnosis

- The latest research on the medical aspects of the illness and advances in treatment

- An overview of treatment options

- The impact of a child's mental illness on the rest of the family - caregivers and siblings

- An overview of the systems involved in caring for children and teens and the importance of record keeping

The course:
- Consists of six different classes, 2 1/2 hours each, offered on a weekly basis

- Is offered free of charge

- Is taught by trained NAMI family members who have children with mental illness

- Follows a structured format covering issues frequently faced by families dealing with a child or teen living with mental illness

Who can attend a NAMI Basics course?
The NAMI Basics course is specifically designed for parents and other primary caregivers of children and adolescents who are living with mental illness. It is not necessary that the child has received a specific diagnosis. Caregivers who suspect their child is experiencing symptoms of mental illness can also benefit greatly from the course as they begin to navigate the evaluation and treatment process.

Contributed by Lora M. Dziemiela, Program Secretary

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