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NAMI Family Support Group



12/6/24 - 12/8/24


What am I applying to lead?

NAMI Family Support Groups (FSG) are:

Local meetings of caregivers of individuals with a mental illness where family members can talk frankly about their challenges and help one another through their learned wisdom.

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Next Steps:

  1. Your local affiliate will reach out to interview you over the phone or on Zoom.

  2. You will then be interviewed by the state trainer on Zoom.

  3. If you are accepted for training, you will be sent a binder of training materials.

  4. On the day of, you will log into your Zoom training!

Who can be a Support Group Facilitator?

  • Prospective facilitators must have a family member or loved one living with mental illness, and be at least 18 years of age.

  • What will I learn from the training?

  • Participants learn to facilitate ongoing NAMI Family Support Groups for family members/loved ones of someone living with a mental illness. The FSG model offers a set of key structures and group processes for facilitators to use in common support group scenarios. These structures come with clear guidelines to follow. Used together, they encourage full group participation in support group meetings. These structures are comfortable for both seasoned and less experienced facilitators because they help support group function well in most every situation.

What is required of me after I take the training?

  • By taking this facilitator training you are committing to co-facilitate a support group for a minimum of two (2) years in coordination with your local NAMI affiliate.

  • You will be required to provide your affiliate with specific attendance data for reporting to National NAMI Education Data tracking.

Registration Information

  • ***Zoom Online***NAMI Washington will mail you your training materials.

  • ***In-Person*** If this training is in-person, then NAMI Washington will pay for meals, snacks, lodging for in-person trainings and all training materials. Your NAMI affiliate is asked to cover your travel and other expenses that you may incur to attend this training. Lodging will be at a nearby hotel, and is double occupancy. If you require single occupancy, arrangements will need to be made prior to attendance by the attendee and there will be additional costs which will be the responsibility of the attendee.

  • Attending the training is by pre-registration only, and class size is limited. If there are more applications than spots for the class, a waiting list will be created.

  • If you need to cancel after being accepted, notify the NAMI Washington staff, no later than two weeks before the training. Failure to do so will result in your Local Affiliate being charged a $75 admin fee. Cancelled spots are filled with applications from the waiting list for the class, not by sending another affiliate member.

Who can lead a group?

Any family member of a person who is experiencing or has experienced a mental health condition may apply to become a NAMI Family Support Group program leader. All potential program leaders are screened to determine whether the opportunity is a good fit for the individual and for the organization. Prospective leaders attend an intensive training to become certified. All program leaders must be members of NAMI. You can contact your affiliate to learn more about what it takes to lead! Click on "Apply to Lead" on this site to go to our application portal!
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