Working to improve the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families
"By taking the class I learned that I'm not alone and I don't have to be alone. There are a lot of other people impacted by mental illness."
Register online for classes or contact the person listed or NAMI Minnesota at 651-645-2948. Find teacher trainings for Family-to-Family or Hope for Recovery classes, here.
Hope For Recovery - Spend a Saturday obtaining information, hope and practical strategies for dealing with the complexities of mental illness. Participants learn about mental illnesses, treatments, coping strategies, the mental health system and local resources. Held Saturdays from 9:00 to 3:00 unless noted. Please bring your own lunch. For information call NAMI Minnesota, 651-645-2948.
• North Branch, Dec. 5, Trinity Lutheran Church, 38460 Lincoln Trail (Register, here.)
• St. Paul, Dec. 5, United Hospital, 333 N Smith Ave., in Bentson Family Conference Room (Register, here.)
• Burnsville, Dec. 12, Fairview Ridges Hospital, 201 E Nicollet Blvd., in Dining Conference Rooms A&B (Register, here.)
• St. Louis Park, Jan. 23, Melrose Center, 3525 Monterey Dr., Namaste Community Conference Room (Register, here.)
• Anoka, Feb. 20, Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center, 3301 7th Ave. (Register, here.)
• Bloomington, Mar. 5, Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, 2200 W. Old Shakopee Road (Register, here.)
• Minneapolis, May 14, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4100 Lyndale Ave. S. (Register, here.)
• Anoka, Apr. 16, Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center, 3301 7th Ave. (Register, here.)
• Shakopee, June 18, St. Francis Regional Medical Center, 1455 St. Francis Ave, in Justice Conference Room (Register, here.)
Family-to-Family - This class is for family members who have a loved one living with a mental illness. Learn about mental illness, identify resources, build communication skills, reduce stress and find support. Join others for this 12-week series taught by experienced family members.
• Excelsior, starts Jan. 18, from 6:30-9:00 p.m., meets on Mondays for 12 weeks, at Trinity Church, 322 2nd Street. To register (required), call Tom at 952-412-7385.
• Cottage Grove, starts Jan. 7, from 6:30-9:00 p.m., meets on Thursdays for 12 weeks, at Canvas Health, 8451 East Point Douglas Road. To register (required), call Donna at 651-788-6363.
• Lakeville, starts Jan. 19, from 6:30-9:00 p.m., meets on Tuesdays for 12 weeks, at Trinity Church, 10658 210th St. W. To register (required), call Joan at 612-205-7080.
• White Bear Lake, starts Feb. 3, from 6:30-9:00 p.m., meets on Wednesdays for 12 weeks, at White Bear Lake High School, South Campus, 3551 McKnight Road N. To register (required), call 651-407-7501 or call Jody at 651-407-8616.
Family Connections – Borderline Personality Class - This 12-week course is for family members who have a loved one with Borderline Personality Disorder. It provides the most current information on Borderline Personality Disorder, teaches coping skills based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and helps families develop a support network. The course is free of charge, but pre-registration is required.
• St. Paul, Next class will be held in Winter 2016 at site in St. Paul TBD. Contact Marilyn at 651-645-2948 x131.
Children’s Challenging Behaviors - Raising a child or adolescent with challenging behaviors can be difficult. In this course a trained and experienced parent will provide information to help you understand typical behaviors versus challenging behaviors that require intervention. Learn when and how to seek help, develop parenting strategies, learn the ins and outs of special education and other educational supports, and discover community and county resources available to you and your child. You are not alone! Join us at this valuable and informative workshop.
• Prior Lake, Dec. 4, 8:30-3:00, Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church, 3611 North Berens Road NW, in Foundation Room (Register, here.)
Transitions - A workshop that helps parents prepare their teen or young adult for independence by teaching them about resources in education, the workplace and independent living. Parents also learn about the new rights young adults gain as they reach adulthood, and what to do if their young adult is not yet ready for total independence.
• Coon Rapids, Dec. 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Nystrom & Associates, Ltd., 3833 Coon Rapids Boulevard, Suite 120 (Register, here.)
QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) - QPR covers the three steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide. This QPR class is geared for parents.
• Eagan, Nov. 30, 7:00-8:00 p.m., at Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Parkway (Register, here.) For information contact Cari Juarez at 651-645-2948 x130.
ADHD and Your Child - Parents and caregivers will learn what ADHD is, the variations, and how to get a correct diagnosis; how ADHD affects the brain; and parenting strategies to be successful at home, school and in the community;
• Savage, Dec. 5, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., at LearningRx - O'Connell Square, 5733 Egan Drive (Register, here.) For information contact Cari Juarez at 651-645-2948 x130.
A Parent's Guide To Special Education - Provides information to parents of school-age children with mental illnesses about special education services, the evaluation process, Individualized Education Programs (IEP), 504 Plans, accommodations and modifications, discipline policies, parent’s rights, and the use of seclusion and restraints.
• Hastings, Dec. 15, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Pleasant Hills Library, 1490 S. Frontage Road (Register, here.) For information contact Cari Juarez at 651-645-2948 x130.
Kidshop - Why do they act that way? It’s not fair! It’s embarrassing! These complaints are often voiced by kids who have a parent or sibling with a mental illness. Kidshop provides a fun experience where kids join in activities, share concerns, get support and learn they are not alone.
• Otsego, Jan. 16, 10-:00-2:00, call Kara Bennett to register, 651-645-2948 x114. See Flyer.
Progression - This 6-week course is designed to empower young people to take charge of their lives and deal with the issues they are facing in a healthy and effective way. Progression offers a safe space where teens can feel comfortable talking about what they're going through. The class helps teens, ages 13-19, understand how to maintain good mental health; how to recognize signs of stress, anxiety, depression and bipolar; how to help friends, siblings and parents understand what they are going through as well as different types of treatment options. For information contact Andrea: 651-645-2948 x106 or
• Lakeville, Feb. 2 to March 8, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Crystal Lake Education Center, 16250 Ipava Ave. (Register, here.)
• St. Paul, March 3 to April 7. 7:00-9:00 p.m., St. Paul Public Schools, 360 Colborne Ave, in Room F (Register, here.)
Understanding Early Episode Psychosis- This class will help young people who have experienced psychosis and/or their family members and loved ones understand symptoms, causes and treatments of psychosis. Participants who have experienced psychosis will learn how to self-advocate and get back to work or school and achieve recovery. Loved ones and family members will learn how to help and support a young person through recovery.
Community Conversations on Mental Health encourage people to talk about mental health and mental illnesses; challenge myths and misinformation; increase community knowledge and support; make communities inclusive and free from discrimination; promote prevention and early intervention; and agree to steps that communities can take. The session features a speaker followed by group discussion.
Mental Health First Aid - Designed to teach the basic first aid skills needed to help a person who is experiencing a mental health problem or crisis, this 8-hour course is aimed at improving mental health literacy. Understanding and recognizing the signs that someone needs help, is the first step in getting that person appropriate care and treatment. Participants will receive a course manual and certificate. (Must attend entire 8-hour course to receive certificate.) Contact Kara Bennett at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-645-2948 X 114.
• Minneapolis, Dec. 9, 8:30-5:30, CommonBond Communities, Seward Tower West, 2515 South 9th Street (Register, here.)
Mental Health First Aid for Veterans- Mental Health First Aid helps participants identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. Family members and personnel working with military and family members are often not aware of how to engage veterans with mental illnesses and addictions. In addition to the impact of military service on the veteran, each has a circle of family and friends who are also impacted by their military service. This class focuses on the unique experiences and needs of the military, veteran, and family population.
Get to Know NAMI: Dec. 1, Jan. 6, Feb. 10, Apr. 7, & May 10 all at 11:30-12:30 at the NAMI office, 800 Transfer Rd., Suite 31, St. Paul. Also March 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at the Stillwater Public Library, 224 Third St. N., in Stillwater. Please RSVP to: Kay King, 651-645-2948 x113 or email@example.com.
Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) - QPR is a free, one-hour presentation sponsored by NAMI Minnesota and open to the public. QPR covers the three steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. QPR is the most widely taught gatekeeper training program in the United States, and more than one million adults have been trained in classroom settings in more than 48 states.
Youth Mental Health First Aid - This version of Mental Health First Aid is designed for members of the public who have frequent contact with youth and young adults, such as parents, school staff, sports coaches, youth workers and volunteers. Like the adult version it teaches the basic first aid skills needed to help a young person who is experiencing a mental health problem or crisis. (Must attend entire 8-hour course to receive certificate.)
MNsure Information Session- Participants will learn about health insurance options, value of coverage, options under MNsure, MA expansion, changes to Minnesota Care and the benefits to people living with mental illnesses. See
MNsure Information Card.
• St. Paul, Jan. 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m., NAMI Minnesota, 800 Transfer Road, Suite 31 (Register, here.)
NAMI Minnesota & The Arc MNsure Event
• St. Paul, Dec. 2, 4:00-7:00 p.m., (healthcare presentation and Q&A from 4:00– 4:30), at Rondo Community Outreach Library, 461 N. Dale Street, in St. Paul. Join Navigators from NAMI Minnesota and The Arc for an enrollment event where you can learn more and get help applying for healthcare programs like Medical Assistance. This event is designed for people living with a mental illness, people with intellectual & developmental disabilities, and their families. Please call The Arc at 952-920-0855 to register and get a checklist of documents to bring to the event.
safeTALK- This 3-hour suicide prevention workshop is an evidence based practice that allows time for both practice and discussion. safeTALK is based on research that shows people experiencing thoughts of suicide often send out subtle invitations to help them stay safe. This workshop will teach you how to use these opportunities to support that desire for safety. You will learn to move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid the warning signs of suicide, to identify people who are at risk, and to apply the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe) to connect a person to suicide first aid resources.
• Cambridge, Dec. 1, 10:00-1:00, Cambridge Medical Center, 701 South Dellwood St., in Foundation Room (Register, here.)
• Cambridge, Dec. 1, 2:00-5:00, Cambridge Medical Center, 701 South Dellwood St., in the Birch Room (Register, here.)
Individual Placement & Supported Employment Workshop - Learn about the Individual Placement and Supported employment model: an evidence-based practice to assist people living with mental illnesses in finding and keeping a job. Your local provider will join us along with a participant of the program to share their story.
Mental Illness in the Workplace - This training will provide a brief overview of mental illnesses, will increase your understanding of why disclosure is difficult, and will offer information on providing accommodations in the workplace. This 60 minute presentation can be delivered over the lunch hour. Schedule a presentation, here.
Means Restriction Education - This training is for crisis responders, medical, and mental health professionals in how to educate families on the importance of restricting access to lethal means when a family member is at risk of suicide. Training includes how to develop safe options for gun removal and storage, and how to secure medications.
Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety Professionals - Specifically designed for police officers, first responders, corrections officers, and other public safety professionals. This eight-hour class aims to help these individuals better understand mental illnesses and provide effective response options to deescalate incidents without compromising safety.
Recognizing Early Warning Signs - This is a two-hour workshop whose educational objectives are to help educators and professionals learn about typical development for children, and youth, early warning signs that there might be a problem, gain an understanding of mental Illnesses and their symptoms, and learn strategies to support students who live with an illness. Strategies to talk to parents when there are mental health concerns, and suicide prevention, information and referrals are also included. Meets the continuing education requirement for teachers.
Mental Health Certification Training - Adult Foster Care Mental Health Certification Training - This training is designed for staff working in adult foster care facilities and is a result of legislation that was passed in 2012 that approved the mental health certification option for corporate adult foster care providers. The training is open to the public and is appropriate for anyone who may come into contact with an individual experiencing a mental health crisis. It includes the topics of mental health diagnoses, crisis response and deescalation techniques, treatment options, recovery, medications and their side effects, co-occurring disorder, community resources and more.
NAMI Minnesota is a Continuing Education Provider approved by the Board of Social Work, St. Paul, Minnesota. Continuing Education Provider Approval #CEP-83. Two CEUs are provided for each of the online courses below. Also, you may download and print a course completion certificate.
Compassion into Action: Recognizing and Responding to Patients with Mental Illnesses (online class) - This class is for hospital staff and health care personnel to better understand people with mental illnesses and respond to their treatment needs. Self-directed training can be completed in about 40 minutes. (Log in and Take Class, here.) You may download and print a course completion certificate. Also provides 2 CEUs upon completion.
Allies in Recovery (online class) - Family and friends are natural supports who can play vital role in a person’s recovery. This online training for professionals includes strategies for engaging families, how to help clients maintain natural supports, how these relationships can aid in the treatment process, and discussion on data practices laws. The result will be a more “family friendly” agency, and people with mental illnesses will have more support as they continue on their road to recovery. Self-directed training can be completed in about 40 minutes. (Log in and Take Class, here.) You may download and print a course completion certificate. Also provides 2 CEUs upon completion.
Sometimes NAMI Minnesota offers a class, workshop, training or conference for which a fee is required. Find the Cancellation Policy for NAMI workshops or trainings for which a fee has been paid by the attendee, here.
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