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This FREE 12-week, 30-hour course is designed for families with loved ones who have a brain illness.

In this course, you will learn about brain illnesses, medication, medication adherence, stress reduction, empathy for your relative, setting boundaries, caring for yourself, communication and problem-solving skills, therapeutic resources and advocacy.

Family-to-Family Course Information

This 12-week, 30-hour course is designed for families with loved ones who have a brain illness. In this course, you will learn about brain illnesses, medication, medication adherence, stress reduction, empathy for your relative, setting boundaries, caring for yourself, communication and problem-solving skills, therapeutic resources, and advocacy.

For family members of close relatives with:

  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Major Depression
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Schizo Affective Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

The highly-acclaimed Family to Family Education Program is the centerpiece of the NAMI Family Movement. Designed to give you the insight and ammunition you need to navigate the Mental Health System, it consists of 12 weekly classes structured to help family members understand and support their ill relative while maintaining their own well-being. The program is taught by a team of specially trained volunteer family members who know what it’s like to have a loved one with a mental illness. Watch the video below.

Sign up now for our next Family-to-Family Education Course

We offer the program in the spring and fall at various locations within the Westside area. The classes are FREE! You only need to commit to attend for 12 weeks and since class size is limited, you must pre-register.  Our classes fill up quickly, so sign up now.

To register for the next Family-to-Family Class, please complete the form below.

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For more information please contact Rosina Ehrlich 310-889-7200.


12 Week Program Class Schedule

Week Class Title
#1 Intro to Family Education
#2 Intro to Schizophrenia: Diagnosis, Critical Periods
#3 Intro to Depression and Bipolar Illness, Borderline Personality Disorder, Panic Disorder and OCD
#4 Learn About the Latest Research on Brain Biology
#5 Problem Solving Skill Workshop
#6 Medication Benefits and Costs Review
Week Class Title
#7 Empathy Workshop: What it’s Like to be Mentally Ill
#8 Communication Skills and Setting Limits
#9 How Relatives are Impacted by Learning Self-Care
#10 From Brain Illness to Recovery
#11 How to Utilize the Mental Health-Fighting Stigma and Discrimination
#12 Certification and Celebration