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NAMI offers family education program

Published: Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 6:58 a.m. CDT

NAMI Will-Grundy will sponsor the NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program specifically for families of persons diagnosed with a mental illness. 

The 12-week series of classes will run Feb. 28 through May 16 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the NAMI Will-Grundy office, 417 S. Taylor St., Joliet, Ill.

The course will cover information about schizophrenia, the mood disorders (bipolar disorder and major depression), panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder; coping skills such as handling crisis and  relapse; basic information about medications; listening and communication techniques; problem-solving skills; recovery and rehabilitation; and self-care around worry and stress.

The curriculum has been written by an experienced family member mental health professional and the course will be taught by NAMI Will-Grundy family member volunteers who have taken intensive training as course instructors. 

“This course is a wonderful experience,” says  Joyce MacGirvin, a trained Family 2 Family teacher. “It balances basic Psycho-education and skill-training with emotional support, self-care and empowerment. We hope  families with relatives who have a serious mental illness will take advantage of this unique opportunity.”

The course is free. For more information or to register, call NAMI Will-Grundy at (815) 731-9103.

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