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

  

2016 Family 2 Family Class Schedule

ADAMS
Sheryl Bain
303-229-9211 or 303-655-9452
Email

ARAPAHOE DOUGLAS
303-991-7688
www.namiadco.org
Email
Classes starting March 7th
6:30-9pm, Register HERE

AURORA
Edie Newmark
303-337-2608
Classes begin June 7th and are held every Wednesday from 6:30 - 9:00 pm.
Please contact Edie to register.

BOULDER BROOMFIELD
Cheryl Witmer
Email
Classes starting TBA


COLORADO SPRINGS
Lynn Shull
namicoloradosprings.org
719-473-8477
Email

DENVER
Alison Canjar
303-504-6545
Email

DENVER VA
Cheri Bishop
303-321-3104
Email
Contact to register for next class
Held at Denver VA Hospital 

HEART OF THE ROCKIES
(SALIDA)
Email

JEFFCO
(Including CLEAR CREEK & GILPIN)
Leona Paul
720-893-0002
Email

LARIMER
Laurie Seiler
970-494-4359
Email


ROARING FORK
Anika Neal
970-618-7710
Email

SOUTHEAST
(CANON CITY & PUEBLO)
Call Jan, 719-275-6423, to register

SOUTHWEST
(DURANGO & CORTEZ)
Ashley Merchant
Email

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.”