Family to Family

Family-to-Family

Family-to-Family is a free 12-week educational course designed specifically for adult family members (18+) and others who have adult loved ones (18+) with a mental illness. The course is taught by other family members who have received intensive training for its presentation. Over 300,000 family members have graduated from this evidence based national program. If family members are in crisis and feel the need for support, we would encourage them to attend one of our Family Support Groups before taking the Family-to-Family educational course.

Course includes:

  • Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, PTSD, and co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders
  • Up-to-date information about medications, side effects, and strategies for medication adherence
  • Current research related to the biology of brain disorders and the evidence-based, most effective treatments to promote recovery
  • Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness
  • Learning in special workshops for problem solving, listening, and communication techniques
  • Acquiring strategies for handling crises and relapse
  • Focusing on care for the caregiver: coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload
  • Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community
  • Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services

The 2-1/2 hour class meets for 12 consecutive sessions, and each session’s topic builds on the previous topics. Therefore, it is important that participants try to attend each class. For more information about NAMI’s Signature Family-to-Family class visit nami.org.

 

“[The course] was a revelation. It was the most beneficial time I believe I have ever spent. . . .
I began to understand what might be going on inside our son, not just what I was feeling. My anger
finally gave way to compassion. I discovered ways to deal with stigma. . . . Take the Family-to-Family Course. It will change your lives.”

– Family to Family Participant

 

“The course was wonderful. As the daughter of a parent with mental illness, and as a psychiatrist,
the Family-to-Family course is much more valuable than I could have ever imagined. 

– Psychiatrist, Family to Family Participant

 

“Before Family-to-Family, we were afraid, overwhelmed, and ill-equipped to manage this
crisis unfolding in our home, in spite of the fact that my husband is a physician and I am an RN.”

– Family to Family Participant

 

“[This course] has provided our family with information and strategies to cope with our son in our
home and truly understand mental illness and all the facets encompassing living with,
emotionally supporting, and advocating for our son.”

– DuPage County mother and father, Family to Family Participants

(Participants can register for a class up to the 3rd session/week of a class)

Upcoming Classes

Date/Time Event
09/04/18
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Family to Family, (EXPEDITED)- Tuesdays & Thursdays, September 4th through October 11th, 2018 - 7:00PM-9:30PM – Wheaton
09/05/18
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Family to Family- Wednesdays, September 5th through November 21st, 2018 - 7:00PM-9:30PM – Downers Grove
St. Paul UCC – Downers Grove, Downers Grove IL
09/11/18
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Family to Family- FAITH BASED - Tuesdays , September 11th through November 27th, 2018 - 7:00PM-9:30PM – Naperville
The Compass Church, Naperville Illinois
09/11/18
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Family to Family- Tuesdays, September 11th through November 20th (AND Wednesday, 11/14), 2018 - 7:00PM-9:30PM – Wheaton
Community Center, Wheaton IL
09/20/18
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Family to Family- Thursdays, September 20th through December 13th (Skipping 11/22), 2018 - 7:00PM-9:30PM – Naperville
Knox Presbyterian Church, Naperville
01/08/19
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Family to Family- Tuesdays, January 8th through March 26th, 2019 - 7:00PM-9:30PM – Oakbrook
Christ Church of Oakbrook, Oakbrook
01/11/19
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Family to Family- Fridays, January 11th through March 29th, 2019 - 1PM to 3:30PM – Bloomingdale
Bloomingdale Township, Bloomingdale
03/05/19
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Family to Family- FAITH BASED - Tuesdays , March 5th through May 21st, 2019 - 7:00PM-9:30PM – Naperville
The Compass Church, Naperville Illinois
04/03/19
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Family to Family- Wednesdays, April 3rd through June 19th, 2019 - 7:00PM-9:30PM – Westmont
04/16/19
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Family to Family, (EXPEDITED)- Tuesdays & Wednesdays April 16th through May 22nd, 2019 - 7:00PM-9:30PM – Downers Grove
St. Paul UCC – Downers Grove, Downers Grove IL
06/06/19
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Family to Family- Thursdays, June 6th through August 29th (Skipping 7/4), 2019 - 6:30PM-9:00PM – Glendale Heights
Glenside Public Library, Glendale Heights IL
For more information on our Education Programs please contact Sara Hynes, Education & Community Training Director, at (630) 752-0066 or s.hynes@namidupage.org