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Peer to Peer Classes

Would you …..

* Like to learn more about your mental illness?

* Benefit by being around others that know what its like living with mental illness?

* Be interested in developing a Relapse Prevention Plan?

If so, please join us for Peer-to-Peer, a ten-week free structured course that will help you in your quest to live well with mental illness. You will learn about self-advocacy and, at the same time, create a special bond with others in the course.

The NAMI Peer-to-Peer Education Course – Peer to Peer is for any individual (18 years and older) living with a serious mental illness who is interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery. Each class is two hours in length and continues for ten consecutive weeks

The Course uses a combination of lecture, interactive exercise and structured group processes, and the diversity of experience among the course participants affords for a lively dynamic that moves the course along.

Who can take it? – The course is designed to offer an opportunity for growth to any individual 18 years and older who experiences mental illness.

Who are the teachers? – The course is taught by two trained “mentors” who are themselves experienced at living well with mental illness.

What is taught exactly?

Week 1:  Orientation

Welcome Introductions Course orientation Questions and answers

Week 2:

Icebreaker Group ground rules Discussion on course values 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

Week 10:

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

This is the Outreach Video for NAMI’s Peer-to-Peer Recovery Education Course. Peer-to-Peer is a free nine week–two hours per week–experiential learning program on the topic of recovery for any person who lives with a mental illness.


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