What is it?The Family-to-Family course consists of a series of classes for family members of adults with serious and persistent mental illness as well as those whose behaviors suggest a diagnosis of mental illness. The course is designed to help families face the challenges of brain disorders and find support, resources and coping strategies. The course is free.
What is the format?The course meets for twelve weeks, two and ½ hours per week. The course uses a combination of lecture, interactive exercises and group processes.
What is the curriculum?Brain biology, Schizophrenia, Major Depression, Mania and Schizoaffective Disorder, Mood Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Dual Diagnosis, Basics About the Brain, Problem-Solving Skills, Medication Review, Empathy and Understanding, Communication Skills, Self-Care, Recovery, Advocacy, Review and Evaluation.
Who can take Family-to-Family?The Family-to-Family course is designed for families, friends or partners of persons with serious brain disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder; families with a teenager with a serious emotional disturbance are also welcome. "Families" – includes parents, brothers, sisters, daughters, sons, granddaughters, grandsons, cousins and extended family including significant others and nontraditional families. Consumers who have a family member with mental illness may take the course and professionals who have a family member with mental illness may also take the course.
How are teachers trained?Family members who have completed the Family-to-Family course attend a training session sponsored by NAMI Florida. The training consists of a rigorous 3-day workshop and ends with a certification process. The training is free to prospective teachers.
What does it cost to take the course?Family-to-Family is offered at no cost to the participant and class materials such as manuals, notebooks and handouts are provided by NAMI Wakulla. Family-to-Family material is copyrighted by NAMI and may not be reproduced or used without written permission from Dr. Joyce Burland. NAMI Fact Sheets may be reproduced for distribution.
Tuesday night meetings begin at 7:00pm and end at 8:30pm at the NAMI Wakulla office, 2140-C Crawfordville Highway. NAMI Wakulla is located in the plaza immediately south of Lindy's Fried Chicken in Crawfordville.
Tuesday morning meetings begin at 10:00am and end at 11:30am at the Wakulla County Library, at 4430 Crawfordville Highway.