Socialization Group

FREE Caregiver Program: Family to Family


7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Upper Saddle River

FREE Caregiver Program: Family to Family

Next Session:
Monday, September 11 - Monday, November 27, 2017
Classes start promptly at 7:00 pm and end at 9:30 pm

The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) Bergen County is offering a FREE 12-week program designed for caregivers of a family member aged 18 or over, living with mental illness. 

The program fosters learning, healing and empowerment among caregivers and has been described by some as 'a journey of hope' and by many others as 'a life changing experience."

Register Early - First come, first served - space is limited.

What the Course Offers
Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD); up-to-date information about medication compliance; discussion of the biological bases of serious mental illnesses, treatment options, and recovery.

Coping Skills gaining empathy by understanding what a person with a serious mental illness experiences; problem-solving, listening, and communication techniques; handling periods of crisis and relapse; care for the caregiver; coping with worry, stress and overload.

Advocacy Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community and obtaining better mental health services; and advocacy for appropriate federal and state policies.

The Twelve Education Modules of the Family-to-Family Course

  • Learning about feelings, learning about facts
  • Introduction to schizophrenia: Diagnosis, critical periods
  • Introduction to depression and bipolar illness
  • Basics about the brain
  • Problem-solving skills workshop
  • Medications review
  • What it’s like to be mentally ill: Empathy Workshop
  • Communications skills workshop
  • Relative groups and self-care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Advocacy: Fighting stigma
  • Certification and celebration
Age Groups
  • Adults
  • Seniors
Community Services
Family & Support Services
Health Services
Behavioral / Mental Health
Payment Options
  • Free
Areas Served
  • Bergen County

Last Updated: 08/24/17