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Education Classes, Trainings, & Presentations

NAMI Education, Training, and Presentations are designed to empower, inform, and support all individuals affected by mental illness and their community.

All of our programs are offered at NO COST to participants.

Contact the office at 407-253-1900 or to be put on the waiting list for our 2017 Classes!
Applications for classes will be filled in the order they are received.



Family-to-Family is a FREE twelve-week education course designed to foster learning, healing and empowerment among families, friends and caregivers of individuals with mental illness.  Course elements include: coping skills; handling periods of crisis and relapse; up-to-date information on medications; guidance on locating appropriate resources; and caring for the caregiver.

To learn more about Family-to-Family, visit this NAMI Education page.


Peer-to-Peer is a FREE ten-week education course for persons living with mental illness that focuses on recovery while establishing and maintaining wellness.  Through the combination of lecture and interactive exercises, class participants will learn about the biological bases of all major mental illness, as well as complete a Relapse Prevention Grid and Psychiatric Advance Directive.  Other topics covered in the class include: Coping Strategies; Language; Emotion; Addiction; Spirituality; Sleep; Relationships; and Advocacy.

To learn more about Peer-to-Peer, visit this NAMI Education page.


Basics is a FREE six-week education course offered to parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents with mental health issues, including ADHD.  Classes include:

  • Introduction: It’s not your fault – mental illnesses are brain disorders
  • The biology of mental illness; getting an accurate diagnosis
  • Treatment works – an overview of treatment options
  • Tools for the toolbox – communication skills, problem solving, crisis preparation and response, handling challenging behavior, relapse planning, impact on family members
  • Recordkeeping and the systems your child is involved in (school, juvenile justice, mental health)
  • Survivor stories, review, wrap-up

To learn more about Basics, visit this NAMI Education page.



The NAMI Provider Education Program is a FREE 5-week course that presents a penetrating, subjective view of family and consumer experiences with serious mental illness to line staff at public agencies who work directly with people experiencing severe and persistent mental illnesses.  The course helps providers realize the hardships that families and consumers face and appreciate the courage and persistence it takes to live with and recover from mental illness.  CEUs may be available.

To learn more about Provider Education, visit this NAMI Education page.



NAMI Ending the Silence is a presentation about mental health for high school students. NAMI Ending the Silence provides students with the opportunity to learn about mental illnesses directly from family members and individuals living with a mental illness themselves.

  • Presented in the freshman/sophomore health, science or psychology classes
  • The program is delivered by a trained two-person team, one of whom is a young adult living in recovery from a mental illness
  • Fifty minute presentation offered to schools at no charge
  • Educational PowerPoint to teach students about signs and symptoms of various mental illnesses
  • Emphasizes that mental illness is treatable and recovery is possible
  • Includes a young adult sharing their journey of recovery from mental illness
  • Engages students through Q & A

To learn more about Ending the Silence, visit this NAMI Education page.


NAMI FaithNet is a network of NAMI members and friends dedicated to promoting caring faith communities and promoting the role of faith in recovery for individuals and families affected by mental illness. This site is a reflection of a closer partnership between NAMI, NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliate leaders.  One of the elements of FaithNet is the Bridges of Hope presentation.  The purpose of Bridges of Hope is to educate clergy and congregations about mental illness so that they can create stronger safety nets and welcoming communities of faith for people living with serious mental illness.

Bridges of Hope is a three-part power point presentation, about 30 minutes in length with speaker notes.  In addition, approximately 25 minutes of testimonial and discussion time is woven into the presentation. The timing depends on the speaker’s pace and amount of dialogue that is encouraged by the facilitator.  It can be used in its entirety, or in sections, depending on the audience’s familiarity with the subject matter, and time allotment.

To learn more about In Our Own Voice, visit this NAMI Education page.


In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is a unique public education program developed by NAMI, in which two trained consumer speakers share compelling personal stories about living with mental illness and achieving recovery.  IOOV is an opportunity for those who have struggled with mental illness to gain confidence and to share their individual experiences of recovery and transformation.

Throughout the IOOV presentation, audience members are encouraged to offer feedback and ask questions. Audience participation is an important aspect of IOOV because the more audience members become involved, the closer they come to understanding what it is like to live with a mental illness and stay in recovery.

IOOV presentations are given to consumer groups, students, law enforcement officials, educators, providers, faith community members, politicians, professionals, inmates, and interested civic groups.

To learn more about In Our Own Voice, visit this NAMI Education page.

For more information or to register for classes, please contact the NAMIGO Office at (407) 253-1900 or


Related Files:

Ending the Silence
Application for Ending The Silence Presenter

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