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. Registrations are processed in the order in which they are received.
Register online via the links below
Contact us | 407.253.1900 | email@example.com
Family-to-Family | Free 8-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.
NEW – 2020 class schedule announced!
Southwest Orlando starts Thursday, January 23rd
Lake Nona starts Thursday, February 6th
Apopka starts Tuesday, March 3rd
Kissimmee starts Monday, March 9th
Downtown Orlando starts Tuesday, April 21st
“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 and confidential 8-week course for persons living with mental illness (18 years+). It focuses upon mental wellness and recovery through a combination of lecture, discussion, interactive exercises and stress management techniques. It is taught by trained individuals who are living well in recovery with a mental health diagnosis. Participants gain further insight and understanding of mental health, share experiences, learn coping strategies and gain insights on how to strengthen interpersonal relationships. They also learn to identify feelings, thoughts, behaviors and events that can result in a relapse. The class also addresses biological bases of mental illnesses, language, emotion, addiction, spirituality, sleep and advocacy.
NEW – Peer to Peer Class starts April 21, 2020
Basics | Free 6-week course for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents (17 years and younger) who have either been diagnosed with a mental health condition or who are experiencing symptoms but have not yet been diagnosed. It explores biological bases of mental illnesses; obtaining accurate diagnoses; treatment options; system record keeping (school, legal, health); and survivor stories. Tool development includes crisis preparation and response, communication skills, problem solving, handling challenging behavior, relapse planning and impact on family members. NAMI Basics is available both in person and online through NAMI Basics OnDemand.
Family & Friends | Free 90-minute or four-hour seminar that informs people who have loved ones with a mental health condition how to best support them. It’s also an opportunity to meet other people in similar situations and gain community support. The seminar is led by trained people with lived experience of supporting a family member with a mental health condition. Participants learn about diagnoses, treatment, recovery, communication strategies, crisis preparation and NAMI resources.
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.
Ending the Silence for Families | Mental health presentation tailored to parents and caregivers, focused on how to talk with youth about mental health issues and how to work with school staff.
Ending the Silence for Staff | Mental health presentation tailored to teachers and staff, focused on how to talk with youth about mental health issues and how to work with students and family members.
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.
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.
Homefront Online Class | Free six-session online class for family, friends and significant others of military service members and veterans. The class helps families comprehend what their loved one is experiencing related to trauma, combat stress, civilian life, PTSD and other mental health conditions. The program is taught by trained family members of service members/veterans living with mental health conditions.
NAMI Homefront teaches you to:
- Manage crises, solve problems and communicate effectively
- Learn to care for yourself, including managing your stress
- Develop the confidence and stamina to support your family member with compassion
- Identify and access federal, state and local services
- Stay informed on the latest research and information on mental health, including post traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse
- Understand current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects
- Navigate the challenges and impact of mental health conditions on the entire family
Online classes meet weekly in a virtual classroom, so participants experience the same level of interaction and learning as traditional in-person classes. You must have access to a laptop, PC or tablet with a stable internet connection to participate. Audio will be via telephone line; a headset is recommended. Note that when registering, participants are screened to ensure the class is appropriate for their needs.
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.
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.
Friends in the Lobby | Information on community resources and support to families in a time of crisis, when a family member has been hospitalized due to a mental health condition. A partnership with Aspire Health Partners’ children’s crisis unit, sponsored by Magellan Complete Care Florida and NAMIGO.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.