Offered for professionals and para-professionals who work with those with mental illness. Provider Education informs providers with a realistic view of what it’s like to live with mental illness. The “lived experience” perspective of both family members and those with mental illness improves providers’ understanding, empathy and effectiveness.
Wednesdays, 4:30-7:30pm, beginning April 4 (5-week course)
Cedar Springs Hospital
2135 Southgate Road
continuing education units (CEUs) available
The NAMI Provider Education Program is a free 5-week course that presents a penetrating, subjective view of family and consumer experiences with serious mental illness to line staff at public agencies who work directly with people experiencing severe and persistent mental illnesses.
The course helps providers realize the hardships that families and consumers face and appreciate the courage and persistence it takes to live with and recover from mental illness.
Five panelists teach the Provider Education Course.
- Two family members trained as Family-to-Family Education Program teachers;
- Two consumers who are knowledgeable about their own mental illness, have a supportive relationship with their families, and are dedicated to the process of recovery; and
- A mental health professional who is also a family member or consumer.
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