Peer to Peer

 

The next Peer-to-Peer course will be held in January – time and place TBA,  There are 10 sessions, each lasting 2 hours.  (one session per week)

For more information or to register, please call  (530) 343-7775 or email melinda@NAMIButteCo.com.


Peer-to-Peer is a unique, experiential learning course for people with any serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery. Peer-to-Peer consists of ten two-hour classes and is taught by a team of two trained “Mentors” and a volunteer support person who are all personally experienced at living well with mental illness.

  • The course was written by Kathryn Cohan McNulty, a person with a psychiatric disability who is also a former provider and manager in the mental health field and a longtime mutual support group member and facilitator.
  • An advisory board comprised of NAMI consumer members, in consultation with Joyce Burland, Ph.D., author of the successful NAMI Family-to-Family Education program, helped guide the curriculum’s development.
  • The two course “Mentors” are trained in an intensive three day training session and are supplied with teaching manuals.
  • Each class contains a combination of lecture and interactive exercise material and closes with Mindfulness Practice (techniques offered to develop and expand awareness).
  • Each class builds on the one before: attendance each week is strongly recommended.
  • Participants come away from the course with a binder of hand-out materials, as well as many other tangible resources: an advance directive; a “relapse prevention plan” to help identify tell-tale feelings, thoughts, behavior, or events that may warn of impending relapse and to organize for intervention; mindfulness exercises to help focus and calm thinking; and survival skills for working with providers and the general public.

Course Topics:

Each class contains a combination of lecture and interactive exercise material and closes with Mindfulness Practice (techniques offered to develop and expand awareness). Each class builds on the one before: attendance each week, therefore, is required.

Week one

Welcome. Course Orientation, Questions and Answers

Week two

Introductions, Stigma, Discrimination, Trauma, begin Relapse Prevention Planning, Mindfulness

Week three

Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder; Thoughts, Feelings, Sleep, continue Relapse Prevention Planning, Mindfulness

Week four

Panic Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Senses, Behavior, continue Relapse Prevention Planning, Mindfulness

Week five

Story Telling

Week six

Language, Emotions, Personal Mayhem,; continue Relapse Prevention Planning, Mindfulness

Week seven

Addictions, Spirituality, Why Medicate? Physical Health, complete Relapse Prevention Plans, Mindfulness

Week eight

“Real World” Coping Strategies, Staying Safe, begin Advance Directive, Cultural Questions, Mindfulness

Week nine

Family Guest Speaker, Relationships, Allies, “Hot Buttons”, Keeping Safe, continue Advance Directive, Mindfulness

Week ten

Empowerment, Advocacy, complete Advance Directive, Evaluation, Closing Mindfulness