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NAMI Family-to-Family

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The Rockland County Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)-FAMILYA will offer a FREE class for family caregivers of individuals living with a mental illness begining Saturday, September 22, 2012 at the Rockland Psychiatric Center in Orangeburg, NY.  Family-to-Family is a free, 12 week course taught by trained family members who have lived with someone with mental illness in their own family.  The course teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively and offers practical support for families and friends of individuals living with a mental illness.  Join other family members with similar issues in a confidential, non-judgemental setting. 

The course and all materials provided are free, however, pre-registration is REQUIRED.

Topics Include:

  • Learning about feelings, learning about facts.
  • Schizophrenia, major depression and mania: diagnosis and dealing with critical periods
  • Subtypes of depression and bipolar disorder, panic disorder and OCD; borderline personality disorder, Asperger's syndrome and autism spectrum disorders: diagnosis and causes
  • The biology of the brain/new research
  • Problem-solving workshop
  • Medication review
  • Empathy workshop-what it's like to have a brain disorder
  • Communication skills
  • Self-care and relative groups
  • Key principles of recovery & rehabilitation
  • Advocacy: fighting stigma

Class will be held on Saturday Mornings from 9:30 am - 12 Noon*

*Classes fill up quickly so call now!  There is no fee, however, pre-registration is REQUIRED.  Please call NAMI-FAMILYA at (845) 359-8787 or Email chris@namirockland.org for more information or to register for the class.

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