Free CEUs

WHAT?

NAMI Provider is a 5-week training designed to provide a subjective view of consumer and family experiences with serious mental illness to staff at provider agencies. Emphasis is placed on the involvement of individuals with a mental health condition in the challenging work of provider-staff training.

Hundreds of DMH staff have already participated across the state, as well as staff from several other agencies locally.

This training is designed by Joyce Burland, Ph.D. (Psychologist, author of The NAMI Evidence-Based Family-To-Family Education Program, and family member).

WHO?

Intended for any staff or other professionals interacting with clients/families (1.5 CEUs are available through SCDMH to DMH employees). NAMI SC will provide a certificate validating 15 hours of education to all non-DMH participants. You must attend all 5 classes to receive either certificate of completion or CEUs.

WHEN?

Course begins April 29th (for 5 consecutive Wednesdays) and runs from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

WHERE?

Palmetto Lowcountry Behavioral Health, 2777 Speissegger Dr., North Charleston

WHY?

 Learn how to make your job easier & less stressed.
 Feel good about what you do & see the positive results in the families/clients we serve.
 It’s free!
 Take a break from your busy day & gain some new tools for your work.
 Encouraged and fully supported by SC Dept. of Mental Health.

Register by contacting: Toni Smallwood, NAMI Charleston Area President at 843-284-3091 or info@namicharlestonarea.org.m. Registration deadline: Tues., April 21st or when class is filled. (Limit of 25 – register soon!)


COURSE CONTENT:

CLASS 1 – ORIENTATION:


� Team introductions;
� Key principles guiding the course;
� Group exercise in building mutual respect and protection;
� The personal and family experience in critical period of mental illness


CLASS 2 – CLINICAL BASES:
� Basic principals of secondary prevention/intervention in community psychiatry;
� Clinical strategies for responding to psychological trauma;
� Secondary prevention stage models of family/consumer emotional adaptation to mental
illness;
� Group exercise to determine consumer and family needs in critical periods of mental
illness (Stage I).


CLASS 3 – RESPONDING EFFECTIVELY TO CONSUMER AND FAMILIES IN STAGE II- Learning to Cope:
� The cascade of secondary traumas when families cope alone;
� Understanding symptoms as stressors (group exercise);
� Other significant stressors complicating passage through Stage II (adverse effects of
psychotropic drugs);
� Stages of adherence to medication;
� Co-occurring brain and addictive disorders;
� The trauma of incarceration and attempted suicide.


CLASS 4 – INSIDE MENTAL ILLNESS:
� Gaining empathy and understanding of what it is like to contend with the psychological
impact of brain disorders;
� Understanding defensive coping strategies to protect again loss of identity and
demoralization;
� Reiterating our appeal for trauma informed care;
� Up from obscurity;
� The whole family experience.