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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

Wisdom from Shared Experiences

This peer-led course provides a confidential place to learn from shared experiences in an environment of sincere, uncritical acceptance. No specific medication or medical therapy is endorsed or recommended. Our Core Philosophy informs the course’s approach.

Participation in the course gives you an opportunity to gain tangible resources – personalized plans, strategies for potential events in the future and information – as well as a deeper understanding of your personal recovery process.

Core Philosophy

  • We have more in common than not.
  • We are all experts on our own experience.
  • We respect individual experiences and individual choices.
  • We are free to choose our own path.
  • There is no one true way to do or be anything.

How do I register?

Call our office at 401-331-3060 or email Jeremiah to arrange your pre-screening interview for the next class. All class participants must complete their interview before the first class session. We recommend that you call well in advance to ensure we can arrange a time that suits your schedule.

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