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NAMI Connection



8/16/24 - 8/18/24


What am I applying to lead?

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Groups are:

A peer-based mutual support groups that meet weekly for 90 minutes of safe, confidential, personal sharing in a flexible group setting. Groups are open to any adult living with a mental illness or a psychiatric condition and willing to share with others confidentially in an atmosphere of respect, encouragement, and hope.

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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 Connection Facilitator?

Prospective facilitators must have a documented mental health diagnosis and be at least 18 years of age. They need to have reached a comfortable place in their own recovery, so they can sustain themselves during the emotional turbulence that can arise in Connection Support Groups.

What is required of me after I take the training?

Connection co-facilitator applicants must agree to co-facilitate a support group meeting in their community for a period of at least two years. (It is understood that unexpected life situations may necessitate flexibility and compassion in this policy).

Responsibilities of NAMI Connection co-facilitators

  • The Connection support group is one of NAMI’s signature programs. Facilitators are required to use the Strategies, Structures, and Processes as written. Connection support group facilitators serve as volunteers. Your affiliate may be able to help with your mileage or other resources for the support group, by prior agreement between the facilitators and the affiliate. Key personal attributes for Facilitators are reliability, empathy, and the ability to communicate clearly. An ability to interpret group members’ non-verbal communication is important.

  • Facilitators work in pairs to facilitate their weekly groups. They assist and support each other. Each should feel able to lead the group alone if their co-facilitator is temporarily unavailable. Facilitators also cooperate in preparing a resource table for participants. Facilitators will be required to upload anonymous attendance data into the National NAMI Education data collection program.

Registration Information

  • NAMI Washington will pay for meals, snacks, lodging 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 NAMI trainings is by pre-registration only. Space is limited, and a waiting list will be created if necessary. Applicants will have a brief Zoom interview with the trainers before final acceptance into the training and the State office will fill the class based on the critical needs of affiliates.

  • If you need to cancel after being accepted, notify the NAMI Washington staff, no later than a week before the training so we can fill your spot. If you no-show, your local affiliate will be invoiced 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 adult with a mental health condition who makes mental health and wellness a priority in their daily life can apply to become a NAMI Connection program leader. All potential program leaders are interviewed and screened to determine whether the opportunity is a good fit for the person and for the organization. Program leaders attend an intensive peer-led training to become certified and must be members of NAMI. All certified program leaders should commit to a minimum of one year of service with a co-leader.
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