NAMI Basics is being offered in Duncan, Arizona by NAMI Southeastern Arizona on February 1st, 8th, and 15th. To register, please E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 520-459-3228 and provide your name, phone number and E-mail address.
NAMI Basics is a no-cost, 6 class education program developed specifically for caregivers of children and adolescents who have either been diagnosed with serious mental illness/serious emotional disturbance or are experiencing symptoms but have not yet been diagnosed.
The program was developed around elements that have been extensively tested and found to be highly effective in the field, including:
Recognition of mental illness as a continuing traumatic event for the child and the family.
Sensitivity to the subjective emotional issues faced by family caregivers and well children in the family.
Recognition of the need to help ameliorate the day-to-day objective burdens of care and management.
Gaining confidence and stamina for what can be a lifelong role of family understanding and support.
Empowerment of family caregivers as effective advocates for their children.
The NAMI Basics course is taught by trained teachers who are the parent or other caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13 years. All instruction and course materials are free to class participants.
Introduction to the normative stages of emotional reactions of the family to the trauma of mental illness.
Insights into an empathic understanding of the subjective, lived experience of the child living with the mental illness.
Current information about Attention Deficit Disorder, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Childhood Schizophrenia and Substance Abuse Disorders.
Current research related to the biology of mental illness and the evidence-based, most effective treatment strategies available, including medications used to treat mental illness in children and adolescents.
Specific workshops to learn problem solving, listening and communication skills.
Examples of strategies that have been found helpful in handling challenging behaviors in children and adolescents.
Information about the systems that are major players in the lives of children and adolescents with mental illness – the school system and the mental health system.
Exposure to personal record keeping systems that have proven to be effective for parents/caregivers in their interactions with the school and healthcare systems.