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NAMI Peer-to-Peer Classes

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Peer-to-Peer is a unique, experiential learning program for people with any serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery.

The course was written by Kathryn Cohan McNulty, a person with a psychiatric disability who is also a former provider and manager in the mental health field and a longtime mutual support group member and facilitator.

An advisory board composed of NAMI consumer members, in consultation with Joyce Burland, Ph.D., author of the successful NAMI Family-to-Family education program, helped guide the curriculum’s development.

Since 2005, NAMI’s Peer-to-Peer Recovery Program has been supported by AstraZeneca.

What does the course include?

Peer-to-Peer consists of ten two-hour units and is taught by a team of two trained “mentors” and a volunteer support person who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness.

Mentors are trained in an intensive three-day training session and are supplied with teaching manuals.

Participants come away from the course with a binder of hand-out materials, as well as many other tangible resources: an advance directive; a “relapse prevention plan” to help identify telltale feelings, thoughts, behaviors, or events that may warn of impending relapse and to organize for intervention; mindfulness exercises to help focus and calm thinking; and survival skills for working with providers and the general public.

NAMI Sarasota County will begin a 10-week Peer-to-Peer Course on Thursday, June 9. Classes will be held in Sarasota on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. If you are interested in enrolling, please email info@NAMISarasotaCounty.org or call (941) 376-9361.

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