Classes

At this time all of our classes are being offered virtually due to the precautions of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

NAMI Georgia Affiliates and national organization offer educational programs at no cost to participants. Below is a description of each program with upcoming sessions listed underneath. These classes are for family members or other individuals who have loved ones with a mental health condition (Basics and Family to Family) and for individuals who themselves are living with a mental health condition (Peer to Peer and Homefront. Below is a detailed description of each class.

NAMI Basics

NAMI Basics is a free, 6-session education program for parents, guardians and other family who provide care for youth (age 22 or younger) who are experiencing mental health symptoms. NAMI Basics is offered in a group setting so you can connect with other people in person.

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. Last year, 99% of participants told us they would recommend the program to other parents.

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 strategies for taking care of your child and learning the ropes of recovery.

What You’ll Gain


At NAMI Basics, you'll find out that you're not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope. The group setting of NAMI Basics provides mutual support and shared positive impact—experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. Your own experience may help others in the group.

NAMI Basics covers:

  • Solving problems and communicating effectively

  • How to take care of yourself and handle stress

  • Accepting that mental health conditions are no one's fault

  • Developing the confidence and stamina to support your child with compassion

  • Advocating for your child's rights at school and in health care settings

    • Sample Record Keeping System

  • Learning about different types of mental health care professionals, available treatment options and therapies

  • Preparing for and responding to crisis

  • Gaining an overview of the public mental health care, school and juvenile justice systems and supporting resources to help you navigate these systems

  • Understanding the challenges and impact of mental health conditions on your entire family

 

What People Are Saying
"This is such a great step by step program that walks parents through every step of the way. It is as if you are holding their hand through it all."

"This class was unexpectedly wonderful! I did not expect to learn so very, very much! This program is well written with excellent segues between topics. It covers so much more than BASICS that the title doesn't do it justice."

"I wish this course was available when my child was first experiencing difficulty."

"I find it truly remarkable that this training is free to those who are interested."

Contact: families@namidekalb.org for more information or to sign up for BASICS.

Family to Family

One Step at a Time

One of NAMI’s cornerstone programs is Family-to-Family. The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a 8-week course for family members and caregivers of individuals with mental illnesses. The course is taught by trained family members with the instruction and course materials offered FREE to class participants.


The highly-structured Family-to-Family curriculum educates caregivers and family members about various mental illnesses, treatments and medications, and rehabilitation. Participants learn self-care, problem-solving skills, and communications skills, which can later be taught to the entire family unit. Many graduates of the program called it “life-changing” as they develop friendships with others in similar situations.


The Family-to-Family program also allows participants to safely express their questions and concerns for their family member’s mental health by offering a comforting as well as empathetic environment. NAMI's goals and objectives for the program are to strengthen the family through communication, empathy, and understanding.


The Family-to-Family program is evidenced-based, which is the highest rating that an educational course can achieve in terms of sustainability of improving the quality of life for the individual and family members.


For a more detailed discussion of what is covered in a Family-to-Family course, please watch the video below.

Contact: families@namidekalb.org for more information or to sign up for Family to Family classes. 

 

Peer to Peer

Reinforcing our Commitment

Peer-to-Peer is a FREE 10-week recovery education course that offers a holistic approach to recovery. This course allows individuals diagnosed with a mental illness to share experiences and gain further insight into their mental health.  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. Graduates of this course experience new hope and inspiration in regards to recovery.

 

Peer-to-Peer is taught by a team of two trained “Mentors” who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness. This program offers a relaxed and confidential setting.

 

The outcomes of the Peer-to-Peer program include:

  • Participants share experiences with other peers who are also working towards recovery.

  • Gain further insight into mental health.

  • Gain knowledge of how to cope with difficult circumstances.

  • Learn to identify feelings, thoughts, behaviors and events that can result in a possible relapse.

  • Learn how to be an active participant in your treatment plan.

  • Learn how to strengthen interpersonal relationships.

  • Experience new hope and inspiration in regard to recovery.

 

To sign up for the class: Eric at 404-368-2715 or robertsew977@yahoo.com

Homefront

NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and veterans with mental health conditions.

Based on the nationally recognized NAMI Family-to-Family program, NAMI Homefront is designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers and friends of those who have served or are currently serving our country. The program is taught by trained family members of service members/veterans with mental health conditions.

 

What You’ll Gain

 

Recovery is a journey and there is hope for all people affected by mental health conditions. This in-person experience provides the opportunity for mutual support and shared positive impact. You will experience compassion and reinforcement from people who relate to your experiences. Through your participation, you have the opportunity to help others grow.

NAMI Homefront teaches you how to:

  • Learn to care for yourself, including managing your stress

  • Support your family member with compassion

  • Identify and access federal, state and local services

  • Stay informed on the latest research and information on mental health, including post traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, anxiety, depression and substance use

  • Understand current treatments and evidence-based therapies

  • Navigate the challenges and impact of mental health conditions on the entire family

  • Manage a crisis, solve problems and communicate effectively

 

What People Are Saying

"This training has been really helpful for me to process much of my own emotions. I am at a point now that being able to stop and look back at exactly how far we've come and being reminded of the painful past but positive changes was very empowering. Sometimes when we get stuck in the routine of moving on we lose sight of how far we've come."

"I realized I saw signs and symptoms of PTSD but did not know how to handle my loved one - I know better how to handle situations."

“You realize that he will never be the same having been through war. I learned how to treat him more as an adult than as a hurt child.”— Mother of a Veteran after graduating from a NAMI Family-to-Family class held at a VA clinic

“We are still friends with everyone that was in the class. There’s always an open ear and an open heart and a shoulder to cry on if you need it.” — Father of a Veteran after graduating from a NAMI Family-to-Family class held at a VA hospital.

Contact: vicepresident@namidekalb.org for more information or to sign up for NAMI Homefront.