This education course was created by an experienced family member who is also a mental health professional. It consists of a series of twelve weekly classes and is designed specifically for family members of adults living with mental illness. This course is now being offered in 49 states, Canada, Italy and Mexico, and has been translated into 5 foreign languages. Over 300,000 people have completed this course. The “Family-To-Family” course is offered as a community service to family members and caregivers of adult persons living with mental illness, therefore, there is no cost involved to take the course. Trained, volunteer family members in teams of two, facilitate the classes. The Family-to-Family course balances education and skill training with self-care, emotional support, and empowerment. 

F2F Class Schedule and Locations

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  • Important components of the course
  • F2F Class Schedule & locations

Important components of this course are:

  • Information on mental disorders including: Schizophrenia, Schizo-affective Disorder, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder (Manic-depressive Disorder), Borderline Personality Disorder, Panic Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Co-Occurring Brain Disorders (mental illness and combined substance abuse)
  • Biology of the brain, including new research findings
  • Coping skills; handling crisis and relapse
  • Listening and communication techniques
  • Problem solving and limit setting; rehabilitation
  • Empathy: understanding the actual experience of people suffering from mental illness
  • Self-care; learning how to recognize normal emotional reactions among families; how to deal with chronic worry and stress
  • Basic information about medications and their side effects
  • Information about connecting with appropriate community services and community supports
  • Advocacy: Getting better services, fighting discrimination

  

2017 Family 2 Family Class Schedule

ADAMS

Sheryl Bain

Family to Family class starts Sept 7- Nov 30 in Thornton

6:30 - 9:00 pm,  To register, please call or email

303-229-9211 or 303-655-9452

 Email


ARAPAHOE/DOUGLAS

Family to Family classes start Aug 29 in Highlands Ranch

6:30 - 9:00 pm 

Family to Family classes start Aug 30 in Englewood

6:30 - 9:00 pm 

To register, please call  303-991-7688

www.namiadco.org


AURORA

Family to Family classes start June 7th

6:30 - 9:00 pm,  To register, please contact Edie at 303-337-2608

 

Fall Family to Family class starting Aug 22-Nov.7

6:30 - 9:00 pm, To register, please contact Edie  at 303-337-2608


BOULDER BROOMFIELD

303-443-4591
Classes starting TBA

 

COLORADO SPRINGS

Lynn Shull

namicoloradosprings.org
719-473-8477
Email


 

DENVER
Alison Canjar
303-504-6545
Email

 

DENVER VA 

Registering now for fall 2017 class, dates to be announced  

 Cheri Bishop 303-321-3104

Email

 

 

HEART OF THE ROCKIES
(SALIDA)
Email

 

HIGH COUNTRY

Family to Family: August 30, 2017 - November 15, 2017; Wednesday nights at 6:30-9:00 PM in Frisco.  

register with Sheila Brockmeier; (303)917-9131

Email

 

 

LARIMER

Laurie Seiler
970-494-4359
Email



ROARING FORK
Anika Neal
970-618-7710
Email


SOUTHEAST
(CANON CITY & PUEBLO)
Starts in Pueblo June 12 - July 29, 2017
Will meet biweekly on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00-3:30 p.m. 
and on Saturday mornings from 9:00 -11:30 a.m. 
Call 719-315-4975 to register

 

WELD

Mary or Bill
970-702-3073
Email



WESTERN SLOPE
Nancy Wall
970-462-3989
Email

"Graduates" Share Their Perspectives of the Family 2 Family Course

• “It was comforting to share with other families and individuals regarding their experiences with mental illness. I would highly recommend it to anyone dealing with mental illness.”

• “How did I not know about this course before? Would that all people could take it! I think I have come a long way toward acceptance of my daughter’s illness, realizing there’s no “one answer” to the problems she presents and feeling generally more comfortable compassionate and confident in dealing with her. I “beat up” on myself much less when I find myself ineffective.”

• “I have benefited greatly from this class. I am now able to be with my son and not be angry! I now look beyond his illness to the person beneath. I am also learning to let go.”

• “Knowledge is power. This class has given me the ability to be a part of my daughter's treatment, and not part of her problem. I no longer have the fear that I carried before taking this class.” 

• “This course has been the best thing to happen in years. It gave me an insight into my son’s illness, an understanding of his behavior, and a support group for me to turn to in time of need. I don’t feel so isolated…”

• “This course had given me a wealth of information on mental illness. It has helped me to understand my son’s illness - what I can expect from him and what I can expect to do effectively for him.”