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Family Support Group Facilitator - Online State Training Application

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.

You are applying to be a facilitator of a family support group.

Training Date(s)
Application Deadline
Training Date(s) 2
Application Deadline 2
Training Date(s) 3
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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 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!

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 
  • 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. In order to reserve a space at the training, a $50 refundable registration deposit from your affiliate is required at the time of registration.

  • 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, or your affiliate will lose its $50 registration deposit. Cancelled spots are filled with applications from the waiting list for the class, not by sending another affiliate member.

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