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Education Classes, Trainings, & Presentations

NAMI Greater Orlando’s free education programs are designed to empower, inform and support all individuals affected by mental illness, their families, caregivers and the community. They are taught by trained peer volunteers who possess lived experience. We offer additional services, based upon individual and community needs. Please contact us with any specific need not addressed by these ongoing services.

New classes begin in January 2018. Registrations are processed in the order in which they are received.

To register
Register online via the links below
Contact us | 407.253.1900 |



Family-to-Family | Free 12-week education program for family, friends and caregivers with a loved one (18 years+) living with mental illness. The course is designed to help them understand and support their loved one living with mental illness, while maintaining their own well-being. It is taught by trained teachers who are also family members who know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness. It focuses upon strategies and tools for healing and empowerment: coping skills; handling periods of crisis and relapse; medication information; treatment options; the biology of the brain; communication and problem-solving skills; locating resources; and caring for the caregiver. The course includes information on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and other mental health conditions. It includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises.

2018 Evening Classes
Starts Wednesday, January 17 | Altamonte Springs
Starts Tuesday, February 6 | Kissimmee
Starts Thursday, March 1 | Southwest Orlando
Starts Wednesday, April 4 | Orlando
Starts in January or February, TBA | Lake Nona

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Participant Perspectives
“This course overall was, without a doubt, the single-most helpful and informative thing ever offered in all my years searching for answers…. It has helped me to understand better and communicate more effectively with my brother.”

“The course has helped me to realize that my son is still inside the body that is oftentimes hidden by the mental illness and that I am not alone in this.”


Peer-to-Peer | Free 10-week course for persons living with mental illness (18 years+) that focuses upon mental wellness and recovery. It is taught by trained individuals who are living well in recovery with a mental health diagnosis. It explores biological bases of mental illnesses, coping strategies, language, emotion, addiction, spirituality, sleep, relationships and advocacy. Includes lectures, interactive sensory exercises, relapse prevention grid and psychiatric advance directive.

To be added to the wait list for 2018 classes, click “Register” or contact us.

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Basics | Free 6-week course for parents/caregivers of children and adolescents (17 years and younger) with mental illness, including ADHD. It explores biological bases of mental illnesses; obtaining accurate diagnoses; treatment options; system recordkeeping (school, legal, health); and survivor stories. Tool development: crisis preparation and response; communication skills, problem solving, handling challenging behavior, relapse planning and impact on family members.

To be added to the wait list for 2018 classes, click “Register” or contact us.

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Provider Education | Free 5-week course for public agency line staff who work directly with people experiencing severe and persistent mental illness. It presents the hardships of living with mental illness for individuals as well as their families and caregivers. It increases the appreciation for the courage and persistence required to recover from mental illness. CEUs may be available.



Ending the Silence | 50-minutes | This free mental health, suicide prevention and anti-stigma program is presented to high school students in health, science or psychology classes. Students learn about mental illnesses directly from a trained two-person team, one of whom is a young adult living in recovery with a mental illness. It emphasizes that mental illness is treatable and recovery is possible. Includes visual presentation of signs and symptoms of various mental illnesses and Q&A session.


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NAMIGO Talks | This free educational speaker series focuses upon important mental health issues that affect individuals living with a mental health condition, their families and caregivers, and the Central Florida community. It occurs every other month.


Spotlight on Issues That Matter
Dissociative Identity Disorder: What Is It?
Monday | January 8, 2018 | 6:30-8 pm
Beardall Senior Center
800 South Delaney Ave | Orlando, FL 32801

Join us as Author and Mental Health Advocate Amelia Joubert shares her personal story of living with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). Learn the facts about DID, formerly known as multiple personalities – its causes and the best treatment options available. Ms. Joubert will share her insights based upon her expertise and lived experience. She wants people to understand what it really means to live with DID and to dispel the myths surrounding this disorder. She has been interviewed by a number of news organizations including CNN, The Washington Post and The Miami Herald. She presents to college classes on the topic as well as runs an online information site to help others with DID.
This free educational speaker series focuses upon important mental health issues that affect individuals living with a mental health condition, their families and caregivers, and the Central Florida community. 


Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Youth Training | This free 8-hour class is designed for police officers and mental health professionals. This course uses a new youth-focused curriculum and provide valuable tools on topics including adolescent development and psychiatric disorder; self-injury and suicide; civil citations; the individual and family experience; and de-escalation/reflective listening. Sponsored by NAMI Greater Orlando and Orange County Government.




NAMI FaithNet | This is an interfaith resource network of NAMI members, friends, clergy and congregations of all faith traditions who wish to encourage faith communities who are welcoming and supportive of persons and families living with mental illness. It promotes the vital role of spirituality in the recovery journeys of individuals with mental health conditions for whom faith is a key component. It offers resources, information and tools to educate and inspire. It is not a religious network but includes an effort to outreach to all religious organizations.

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In Our Own Voice | 60 or 90 minutes | This free presentation changes attitudes, assumptions and stereotypes by describing the reality of living with mental illness. People with mental health conditions share their powerful personal stories, adding a critical perspective to the popular understanding of what people with mental illness are like. Presenters humanize this misunderstood topic by demonstrating that it’s possible, and common, to live well with mental illness. The audience has the chance to ask the presenters questions, which allows for a deeper understanding of mental health conditions and dispel stereotypes and misconceptions. It provides the understanding that every person with a mental illness can hope for a bright future. Available to consumer groups, students, law enforcement officials, educators, providers, faith community members, politicians, professionals, inmates and interested civic groups.



Individual and Family Support Groups | 90-minute meetings for adults (18 years+) living with mental illness and families. Peer-led, participants connect with each other, learn from each other’s experiences, share coping strategies and offer each other encouragement and understanding. They are confidential. Drop in – you do not need to make a reservation or call ahead to attend.


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

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