Mercy Hospital Jefferson and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) St. Louis have partnered together to offer an important Family-to-Family Program, for family, caregivers, and friends of individuals living with mental illness. This program is a FREE twelve-week educational course that will cover the topics listed below.
Meetings will be 6:30 - 9 p.m. on Wednesdays from Feb. 21 to May 9 in Conference Room A at Mercy Hospital Jefferson. Advanced registration is required, please click here to register.
Class 1: Introduction: Special Features of the Course: Learning about the normative stages of our emotional reactions to the trauma of mental illness; our belief system and principles; your goals for your family member with mental illness.
Class 2: Understanding Schizophrenia and Mood Episodes (depression and mania): characteristic features of psychotic illness; questions and answers about getting through the critical periods in mental illness.
Class 3: Mood Episodes: Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Dual Diagnosis: Diagnostic criteria for Borderline Personality Disorder, Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; Post-traumatic Stress Disorder; Co-occurring brain and addictive disorders.
Class 4: Basics about the Brain: Functions of key brain areas: research on functional and structural brain abnormalities in the major mental illnesses: genetic revolution in biological psychiatry; genetic transmission of major mental illnesses; the biology of recovery; individual stages of recovery for brain disorders.
Class 5: Problem Solving Skills Workshop: How to define a problem; sharing our problem statements; solving the problem; setting limits.
Class 6: Medication Review: How medications work; basic psychopharmacology of disorders,and schizophrenia; medication side effects; key treatment issues; Stages of adherence to medications; early warning signs of relapse.
Class 7: Inside Mental Illness: Understanding the subjective experience of coping with a brain disorder; problems in maintaining self-esteem and positive identity; gaining empathy for the psychological struggle to protect ones integrity in mental illness.
Class 8: Communication Skills Workshop: How illness interferes with the capacity to communicate.
Class 9: Self Care: Learning about family burden; handling negative feelings of anger, entrapment, guilt and grief; how to balance our lives.
Class 10: The Vision and Potential of Recovery: Learning about key principles of rehabilitation and model programs of community support.
Class 11: Advocacy: Challenging the power of stigma in our lives; Hear from people advocating for change.
Class 12: Review, Sharing and Evaluation: Certification Ceremony/Party
Advanced registration is required, please click here to register.