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

     

     

    A Family to Family teacher training is scheduled for April 20-22, 2018 in Denver

     

     

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

  

2018 Family 2 Family Class Schedule

ADAMS COUNTY

(Brighton, Thornton, Northglenn, Westminster) 

Family to Family classes will be starting fall 2018

6:30 - 9:00 pm, 

To register, please call or email 303-229-9211 or 303-655-9452 or

 s.bain60@gmail.com  

   

ARAPAHOE/DOUGLAS COUNTIES

(Littleton, Englewood, Parker, Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock, Centennial, etc.)

Family to Family classes will start in fall 2018 in Englewood 
6:30 - 9:00 pm
To register, please call  303-991-7688 or
www.namiadco.org 

 

AURORA - Summer class being offered

Family to Family classes will start July 10, 2018

6:30 - 9:00 pm  

To register, Please email namiauroraHelp@gmail.com or call 720-277-9738

 

 

BOULDER/ BROOMFIELD

(Louisville, Longmont, etc) 

Family to Family classes will start  in fall  2018

5:30-8:00 PM

To register, please contact Helen Todd at 303-601-4330 or 

htodd@namibouldercounty.org

 

 

COLORADO SPRINGS  

Family to Family classes will start in fall 2018

Registration is REQUIRED. Call 719-473-8477 or

email info@namicos.org for location information.

 

 

DENVER - Summer class being offered

Family to Family classes will start June 5 2018 at Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan

To register Please contact Cheri Bishop, 303-518-1289 or cheri@namicolorado.org

 

 

 

DENVER VA

Dates TBA

 Contact Cheri Bishop 303-321-3104 or 

cheri@namicolorado.org

 

 

HEART OF THE ROCKIES

(Salida, Buena Vista)

Family to Family classes will start TBA
Contact:  namihotr@gmail.com

 

 

HIGH COUNTRY COLORADO

(Breckenridge, Leadville, Frisco, Dillon, etc.) 

                                                            Family to Family classes will be starting fall 2018 

Contact Sheila Brockmeier: (303)917-9131 or 

s.brockmeier@comcast.net

 

 

JEFFERSON COUNTY

(Wheat Ridge, Littleton, Arvada, Golden, Lakewood, Clear Creek and Gilpin Counties)

 

Family to Family classes start fall 2018 in Wheat Ridge

Thursdays, 6:30 to 9:00 pm

Contact: Terry at namijeffco3@gmail.com

 

Family to Family classes start fall 2018 in Littleton near SW Plaza Mall

Tuesdays, 2017, 6:30 to 9:00 pm

Contact: Cheri at 303-518-1289 or cbishopnami@aol.com

 

 

LARIMER COUNTY

(Fort Collins)

Family to Family classes will be starting fall 2018

Contact Laurie Seiler at  970-494-4359 or 

laurie.seiler@summitstonehealth.org

 

 

ROARING FORK

(Glenwood Springs, Snowmass. etc)

Family to Family classes will be starting fall 2018

Anika Neal, 970-618-7710 or anikaneal@yahoo.com

Lynne Jammaron, 970-618-2574 or lynnejammaron@gmail.com 

 

 

SOUTHEAST COLORADO

(Canon City, Pueblo, La Junta, Lamar)

Family to Family classes will be starting fall 2018

Call 719-315-4975 to register for the next class

 

 

WESTERN SLOPE

(Grand Junction, Montrose, Delta, etc)

Family to Family classes will be starting fall 2018

Contact Nancy Wall 970-462-3989 or 

nswall2002@acsol.net

"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.”