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In Our Own Voice Presenter - State Training Application

NAMI In Our Own Voice is:

A unique public education presentation that offers insight into the hope and recovery possible for people living with mental illness. Trained individuals living with mental illness lead a brief, yet comprehensive and interactive, presentation about mental illness.

Training Date
Application Deadline
Next Steps:
  1. Your local affiliate will reach out to interview you over the phone or on Zoom.

  2. You will complete a 6-8 hour online training by NAMI (national).

  3. You will then be interviewed by the trainer.

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

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

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What will you learn at the In Our Own Voice (IOOV) program? 
  • The IOOV online training is focused on preparing your draft presentation script, and the one-day in-person training will focus on skill development. The online portion could take 6-8 hours to complete. Each trainee will learn to do the following: prepare your story, develop your story, and practice your talk for use at In Our Own Voice presentations in your community. Two presenters speak at each engagement, at community organizations, health centers, schools, churches, etc.

What are In Our Own Voice presentations like? 
  • A 15-minute NAMI video is used to introduce the four sections of your speech: Introduction, What Happened, What Helps, What’s Next. This program has been a major stigma-buster, helping to educate the general public about mental illness, recovery, and NAMI’s mission of education, support, and advocacy. To make this program successful, we strongly recommend that your affiliate have an In Our Own Voice coordinator. This person will help arrange the different speaking engagements. Travel expenses for presenters are covered by the affiliate.

Criteria for taking the IOOV Presenter Training 

Presenters must be:

  • A PEER: a Person of Experience, Engaged in Recovery

  • A current member of a NAMI Affiliate

  • Willing to complete the online training no later than 2 weeks before the in-person training.

  • Willing to stay for the entire 1-day intensive training

  • Willing to be available for presentations for a two (2) year period following their training

  • Must be at least 18 years of age

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.

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