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For Parents of Children and Youth

Online tips and resources for parents and caregivers

List of tips and resources for parents and caregivers.

Education Courses

Children’s Challenging Behaviors

Originally designed as a one day, 6-hour in-person workshop, NAMI Virginia has adapted this amazing program to now be offered online.  Children’s Challenging Behaviors provides education and support for parents of children living with mental health challenges. A trained and experienced parent provides information to help other parents understand typical behaviors versus challenging behaviors that require intervention. Parents learn when and how to seek help, develop parenting strategies, learn the ins and outs of special education and other educational supports, and discover community resources available to families and youth. Fore more information about the program, click here.

The course is free and requires pre-registration here

Course structure: Children’s Challenging Behaviors is offered on Zoom over the course of three days with two hour classes.

NAMI Basics on Demand

NAMI Basics OnDemand is an adaptation of NAMI Basics and is a free, six-session online education program for parents, caregivers and other family who provide care for youth aged 22 or younger who are experiencing mental health symptoms. You’ll learn the facts about mental health conditions and how best to support your child at home, at school and when they’re getting medical care. The course is taught by a trained team with lived experience—they know what you’re going through because they’ve been there. The 6-session program provides critical strategies for taking care of your child and learning the ropes of resiliency and recovery.

For more information about Basics, click here

Social Media

Virginia Family Network Facebook Page

An open group for parents, caregivers, families, providers and anyone interested in staying connected to mission of the Virginia Family Network (VFN). The purpose of VFN is to create a statewide network of families who support, educate, and empower other families with children and youth with mental health needs while also promoting family-driven and youth-guided policy throughout the child-serving systems.  The initiative is designed to “meet the family where they are” through activities such as providing support groups, training, resources, and mentorship from other families with children and youth with mental health needs. To join page, go here.

Advanced Parent Leadership Alumni Facebook Group

This a closed group on Facebook where alumni of the VFN Advanced Parent Leadership Training connect and share resources and information to further develop their leadership and advocacy skills.  This page is private and posts will be moderated prior to being posted. The goal of the community page is to provide opportunities for parents/caregivers to build their skills and connect in a safe and peer supported environment. For more information please email Nicole at




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