Socialization Group

FREE Parent Workshop: Basics in Bergen

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

FREE Parent Workshop: Basics in Bergen

Next Session:
Thursday, September 14 - Thursday, November 2, 2017
(no class on 9/21 for Rosh Hashanah)
Classes start promptly at 7:00 pm and end at 9:30 pm

Basics is a six week education program for families of younger children with emotional issues. Modeled after our highly successful Family-to-Family Education Program, this course is designed for parents and other primary caregivers of younger children.   It is provided by the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Bergen County.

Like Family-to-Family, NAMI Basics is taught by trained parents who have a similar lived experience with their own children. This course offers education and support, learning and practical insights for families. This course is free but seating is limited. Registration is required. Register early!

What does the course include?

  • Introduction to the normative stages of emotional reactions of the family to the trauma of mental illness
  • Current information about Attention Deficit Disorder, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Childhood Schizophrenia and Substance Abuse
  • Current research related to the biology of mental illness and the evidence-based, most effective treatment strategies available, including medications used to treat mental illness in children and adolescents
  • Specific workshops to learn problem solving, listening and communication skills
  • Strategies in handling challenging behaviors in children and adolescents
  • Information about the systems that are major players in the lives of children and adolescents with mental illness – the school system and the mental health system
  • Exposure to personal record keeping systems that have proven to be effective for parents/caregivers in their interactions with the school and healthcare systems
  • Information on planning for crisis management and relapse
  • Information on locating appropriate supports and services within the community
  • Insights into an emphatic understanding of the subjective, lived experience of the child living with the mental illness
  • Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services, with an emphasis on personal advocates for the parent/caregiver and child on an individual level
Community Services
Family & Support Services
Payment Options
  • Free

Last Updated: 08/24/17