NAMI Basics Education Program
The fundamentals of caring for you, your family and your child with emotional and behavioral difficulties
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Chester County) is offering a new program designed specifically for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents.
NAMI Basics is a free, six-session program designed for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral difficulties. NAMI Basics helps parents and other family caregivers of children to understand the illnesses that are causing those behavioral difficulties, and the critical role families play in the treatment of those illnesses. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also the parents or family caregivers of individuals who experienced emotional or behavioral difficulties prior to age 13.
Topics covered will include:
- Recognition of the child’s illness as a continuing traumatic event for the child and the family.
- Sensitivity to subjective emotional issues faced by family caregivers and well children in the family.
- Recognition of the need to help reduce the day-to-day burdens of care and management.
- Gaining confidence and stamina for what could be a lifelong role of family understanding and support.
- Empowerment of caregivers as effective advocates for their children.
The learning format is instructional material, discussions and interactive exercises. Many family members will find great support and camaraderie
during the course of the class, not to mention valuable community resources designed to help maintain the health of the family and the child with a mental illness.
Current information will be provided about:
Attention Deficit Disorder
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Substance Abuse Disorders.
NAMI Basics classes are free!!
The 2½-hour classes run for six weeks.