Family to Family Education Course

This education course consists of a series of twelve weekly classes and is designed specifically for family members of adults living with mental illness. The “Family-To-Family” course is offered as a community service to family members and caregivers of adult persons living with mental illness, therefore, there is no cost involved to take the course. Trained volunteer family members facilitate the classes. The Family-to-Family course balances education and skill training with self-care, emotional support, and empowerment.

When – Thursday Evenings September 6, 2018 through November 15, 2018, 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Where – First United Methodist Church, 2917 Aspen Dr., In the Wesley Parlor Room, Durango, CO 81301

For more information or to register for the class contact Wayne Barnard at wbarnard64@gmail.com or at 303-378-0547

Important components of this course are:

 – Information on mental disorders including: Schizophrenia, Schizo-affective Disorder, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder (Manic-depressive Disorder),
Borderline Personality Disorder, Panic Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Co-Occurring
Brain Disorders (mental illness and combined substance abuse)
 – Biology of the brain, including new research findings
 – Coping skills; handling crisis and relapse
 – Listening and communication techniques
 – Problem solving and limit setting; rehabilitation
 – Empathy: understanding the actual experience of people suffering from mental illness
 – Self-care; learning how to recognize normal emotional reactions among families; how to deal with chronic worry and stress
 – Basic information about medications and their side effects
 – Information about connecting with appropriate community services and community supports
 – Advocacy: Getting better services, fighting discrimination

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