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Complete List of NAMI Class Descriptions 

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For Parents and Caregivers of Children

Children’s Challenging Behaviors – Understand the difference between typical age appropriate behaviors and the challenging behaviors that may be a symptom of something more serious. Learn about mental illnesses and their effect on behavior, when and how to seek help, parenting strategies, how to access special education or other educational programs and where to seek support. Participants will also learn about resources through insurance and the county to help the child and family. This is a six-hour class and is for parents or caregivers of children.

Mental Health Crisis Planning for Families – Learn to recognize, manage and plan for your child’s mental health crisis. Participants will also learn de-escalation techniques, and the role of county crisis teams and when to call 911. Develop a crisis plan for your child and family. This is a two-hour class and is for parents or caregivers of children.

Special Education - Helping Students Succeed – Learn the basics about the special education process (evaluation, Individualized Education Plans, students’ rights), how complex it is, and the laws and rules that impact children with a mental illness or in the Emotional or Behavioral Disability (EBD) category such as 504 Plans, the use of seclusion and restraints, and discipline policies. You will leave with a better understanding of the role you play as a parent on the special education team and how to advocate for your child to help them succeed in school. This is a two-hour class and is for parents or caregivers of children.

Transitions – Learn how to help your teen or young adult access resources to succeed in school, employment and independent living. Understand the rights young adults gain when they reach 18 and how to help guide them if they are not ready for total independence. This is a two-hour class and is for parents or caregivers of youth or young adults.

Understanding Early Episode Psychosis - Learn the signs and symptoms of psychosis, causes, treatment options and why early intervention is so important. Participants will learn how to advocate for and help a young person get back to work or school and achieve recovery. This is a two-hour class and is for parents or caregivers of youth or young adults. This is a two-hour class and is for parents or caregivers of youth or young adults. (Not intended for professional development of educators or other youth serving professionals.)

For Children and Teens

Ending the Silence Learn about mental illnesses and the signs and symptoms. Students also hear the personal story of a young adult living with a mental illness who is doing well in recovery. Students receive resources to get help for themselves or for a friend and information on how to fight the stigma of mental illnesses in their school. Ending the Silence fits into a 50-minute high school class period.

Progression – Learn from other teens and young adults how to maintain good mental health by recognizing early signs of returning symptoms, understanding how to deal with stress and anxiety, and teaching siblings, parents and friends how to help you.  This class empowers teens and young adults to take charge of their lives by providing education and information on mental illnesses, treatment options and the hope for recovery. It’s a safe space to talk to others who are going through similar experiences and to not feel alone. This class meets for two hours, once a week for 6 weeks and is for teens.

For Families of Adults

Hope for Recovery – Obtain information about mental illnesses, treatments, coping strategies, the communication skills, crisis management, suicide prevention, the mental health system and local resources along with practical strategies for helping a loved one or friend. This includes learning the LEAP strategy for improving communication; Listen, Empathize, Agree-on what you can, and Partner. It is a six-hour class for family and friends of a teen or adult living with a mental illness and people living with a mental illness who are doing well in their recovery.

Family Connections - Borderline Personality Class Learn the most current information on Borderline Personality Disorder and coping skills based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Family member develop a support network through the class. The course is free of charge, but preregistration is required. This 12-week class is for family members who have a loved one with Borderline Personality Disorder.

Family-to-Family – Learn about mental illnesses, the brain, treatment, and resources to help a loved one living with a mental illness. Attendees will also build communication skills, reduce stress, find support and discover the common stages of emotional responses when supporting someone with a mental illness. This class meets weekly for two and a half hours for 12-weeks and is for family and friends of an adult living with a mental illness.

For the General Public

Creating Caring Communities in Minnesota: Five Things You Can Do Learn about mental illnesses, the impact of negative attitudes and five things each of us can do to make Minnesota a better place for people who experience a mental illness. This one-hour workshop is for any community or organization interested in learning about mental illnesses and helping to change attitudes towards mental illnesses.

Get to Know NAMI – Learn about the various programs, classes and offerings by NAMI Minnesota and hear the impact NAMI has on people’s lives. This one-hour workshop is offered monthly at the NAMI Minnesota office and is for anyone interested in learning more about NAMI’s programs.

Grassroots Mental Health Advocacy - NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) offers this session in order to help local advocates understand how past legislative successes can be used to continue to build the mental health system. Participants will learn strategies involved in Grassroots Advocacy and look at some of the realities of working in your county, including working with your county's local mental health advisory councils. It will include multiple opportunities for participants to discuss some of the realities of creating forward progress on building the mental health system throughout the state.

In Our Own Voice Understand the journey of people with mental illness in recovery. IOOV is a unique public education program in which two trained speakers share compelling personal stories about living with a mental illness and achieving recovery, demonstrating that there is hope for recovery for people with mental illnesses. The presentation includes personal stories and video clips, as well offering an opportunity to ask questions. Topics discussed are: Dark Days, Acceptance, Treatment, Coping Skills, and Successes, Hope and Dreams. The IOOV program has touched many lives and is effective in reducing the stigma surrounding mental illnesses. This 90-minute workshop is for any groups interested in learning more about mental illnesses and recovery.

Mental Health First Aid – Learn basic first aid skills needed to help a person who is experiencing a mental health problem or crisis. Learn about common mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders. 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. This eight-hour workshop is for individuals seeking basic information on mental illnesses and how to help someone in crisis. It is not intended for professionals who have a background in mental health. (Must attend entire 8-hour course to receive certificate.) There are two other versions of this workshop – one focused on the needs of veterans and one on the needs of older adults.

Good Mental Health in the Workplace : Five Things You Can Do – Learn the five things you can do to create a workplace that values good mental health. Participants will learn how to promote good mental health (including dealing with stress), the common symptoms of a mental illness, how attitudes and language impact people with mental illnesses, and accommodations for a mental illness.  This one-hour workshop is for small or large companies or organizations and can be offered over the lunch hour.

Youth Mental Health First Aid – Learn basic first aid skills needed to help youth or a young adult who is experiencing a mental health problem or crisis including suicide. Focus is given to recognizing the early warning signs of a mental health problem to full blown suicidal ideation. This eight-hour workshop is designed for members of the public who have frequent contact with youth and young adults such as parents, school staff, coaches, youth workers and volunteers. It is not intended for professionals who have a background in mental health. (Must attend entire 8-hour course to receive certificate.)

For Professionals

Adult Foster Care Mental Health Certification Training – Learn about mental health diagnoses, crisis response and deescalation techniques, treatment options, recovery, medications and their side effects, co-occurring disorder, community resources and more. This workshop meets the seven hours of annual training as required under the law for corporate adult foster care providers.

Allies in Recovery – Learn about the important role families play in a person’s recovery. This online workshop covers issues that families have identified as important to them, such as: how to engage them, information sharing, and involvement in treatment planning. This online workshop is for mental health and health care professionals.

Compassion into Action: Recognizing and Responding to Patients with Mental Illnesses Learn about the impact that attitudes towards people with mental illnesses have on receiving appropriate treatment and deescalation techniques and learn how to respond with empathy.
This online workshop is for hospital staff and health care personnel, particularly people who work in the emergency room.

Criminal Justice Training Receive an overview of the signs and symptoms of mental illnesses. This workshop also provides scenarios that offer specific techniques to help deescalate a mental health crisis in a correctional setting. This workshop, which can be tailored to the group, is for anyone working in the criminal justice area.

Gray Matters: Understanding Mental Illness in Older Adults Learn the risk factors and warning signs of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder and suicidal behavior in older adults. Participants will also learn about treatment, management and recovery; learn strategies for working with someone with acute symptoms or emerging symptoms; and learn about resources for older adults. This 90-minute workshop is for anyone working with older adults such as nursing home, assisted living, day program, etc.

Gray Matters – Learn the risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses in older adults. Participants will also learn about treatment, management and recovery; learn strategies for working with someone with acute symptoms or emerging symptoms; and learn about resources for older adults. There is a series of five workshops: Understanding Depression in Older Adults – 1.25 hours; Understanding Anxiety in Older Adults – 1.5 hours; Substance Abuse in Older Adults  - 2 hours; Understanding Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia and Borderline Personality Disorder in Older Adults - 2 hours; and  Mental Illnesses Co-Occurring with Dementia in Older Adults – 2.5 hours. These workshops are for anyone working with older adults such as nursing homes, assisted living, day programs, senior centers, senior housing, assisted living pastoral care staff, church befrienders, Steven’s Ministry volunteers, case managers, Meals on Wheels volunteers etc.

Public Safety Mental Health First Aid – Learn options to respond to a mental health crisis such as how to deescalate incidents and increase understanding of mental illnesses in order to respond to mental health related calls appropriately without compromising safety. This eight-hour workshop is for police, first responders, corrections officers, and other public safety audiences.

Recognizing Early Warning Signs of Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents Learn about mental illnesses and their impact on students’ educational success, and how parents and teachers can work together to support students their students living with mental illnesses.  Learn information to recognize and respond to students at risk for suicide. This two-hour workshop meets the continuing education requirement for teachers. 

Suicide Prevention Classes

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) – Learn to provide suicide first aid. ASIST is a best practice in suicide prevention where participants learn to intervene and help prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Studies have proven that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings for those at risk. This is a two-day interactive workshop.

Connect Postvention – Learn the research-based best practices in responding to a sudden death like suicide including how to reduce the risk of contagion and how to promote healthy recovery for both the suicide loss survivors and the greater community. This is half-day suicide postvention workshop is for professionals including first responders, faith community leaders, funeral directors, school staff, social service and mental health providers. An American Indian version is also offered.

Means Restriction Education – Learn how to educate families on the importance of restricting access to lethal means when a family member is at risk of suicide. The workshop includes how to develop safe options for gun removal and storage and how to secure medications. This one-hour workshop is an evidence-based practice designed for crisis responders, medical, and mental health professionals. Metal lock boxes are provided for attendees.

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) – Learn the three steps anyone can take 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. This is a one-hour workshop is for members of the community over the age of 16 who want to learn best practices in suicide prevention.

safeTALK – Learn how to support someone’s desire for safety by recognizing the warning signs of suicide, identifying people who are at risk, and applying the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe) to connect a person to suicide first aid resources. Listed on the national best practice registry, safeTALK 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 three-hour workshop is for members of the community over the age of 16 who want to lean and practice the basic best practices in suicide prevention.

SurvivorVoices – This two-day training teaches those bereaved by suicide nationally recognized best practices for speaking safely and effectively about their loss. Survivors of suicide loss are key partners in NAMI’s suicide prevention and postvention efforts. No one is more passionate about preventing further suicides and letting other survivors know they are not alone.  NAMI SurvivorVoices speakers are asked to present at our Postvention trainings.  Suicide loss survivors should have at least two years between the loss of their loved one and attending the SurvivorVoices training.

Other Classes

Legislative Advocacy Learn about the legislative process, how to contact your elected officials, and the most effective ways to share your story. This two-hour workshop is for anyone interested in advocating for changes to improve the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families.

Mental Health 101 for Cultural Communities Learn about mental wellness, mental illnesses, diagnostic assessments and treatment plans. This one-hour workshop is designed for African Americans interested in learning more about mental health.

Smoking Cessation – Learn about cessation planning tools, treatment options, and relapse prevention strategies. People living with mental illnesses use tobacco at rates two to three times higher than the general population, and it is important to address this disparity in order to improve quality of life. This one-hour workshop provides smoking cessation training to staff of mental health centers and community support programs and includes information on cessation planning tools, treatment options, and how to integrate smoking cessation into current services. There is a one-hour version also designed for people with mental illnesses who are interested in learning how to quit smoking.

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