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NAMI's Peer-to-Peer Program
Peer-to-Peer is a unique, experiential learning program for people with any serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery.
The course was written by Kathryn Cohan McNulty, a person with a psychiatric disability who is also a former provider and manager in the mental health field and a longtime mutual support group member and facilitator.
An advisory board comprised of NAMI consumer members, in consultation with Joyce Burland, Ph.D., author of the successful NAMI Family-to-Family Education program, helped guide the curriculum’s development.
Since 2005, NAMI’s Peer-to-Peer Recovery Program has been supported by AstraZeneca.
What does the course include?
Peer-to-Peer is a 10 week class consisting of two-hour units and is taught by a team of two trained “Mentors” who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness.
Mentors are trained in weekend-long training sessions, supplied with teaching manuals, and are paid a stipend for each course they teach.
Participants come away from the course with:
- A binder of hand-out materials, as well as many other tangible resources
- An advance directive
- A “relapse prevention plan” to help identify tell-tale feelings, thoughts, behavior, or events that may warn of impending relapse and to organize for intervention
- Mindfulness exercises to help focus and calm thinking
- And survival skills for working with providers and the general public.
Information about the course:
- Peer-to-Peer Classes being offered in Virginia
- Peer-to-Peer Class Topic List
- Course Information Sheet
- Fact Sheet
- Promotional Flyer
Peer-to-Peer Classes in Virginia
Thank you to everyone who attended Peer-to-Peer Mentor training in November, it was a huge success!
If you are interested in becoming a mentor please contact your local affiliate and ask for the local Peer-to-Peer Coordinator. If you have questions related to training please contact Sarah Eisenman, Director of Programs at 804-285-8264 x203 or email@example.com
Who would make a good mentor? Someone with personal mental illness experience who is currently moving along their own path of recovery; who is comfortable with public speaking; has reliable transportation; would be able to commit to the three day training, and to teaching the nine-week class twice a year.
For more information, download the Peer-to-Peer Outreach Video or contact Program Coordinator Sarah Eisenman at firstname.lastname@example.org.