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What Programs Does NAMI Oklahoma Offer?

In Our Own Voice: Living with Mental Illness 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.

Family-to-Family is a 12-week course for families, partners and friends of individuals with mental illness taught by trained NAMI family members and caregivers of individuals living with mental illness.

Family Support Group Program is a meeting 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.

NAMI Basics is a six-week peer-directed education program developed specifically for parents and other caregivers of children who have either been diagnosed with a mental illness, or who are experiencing symptoms but have not yet been diagnosed. The course is taught by trained teachers who are caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness during childhood.

NAMI on Campus clubs are student – run, student-led organizations that provide mental health support, education, and advocacy in a university or college setting.

NAMI Connection is a weekly recovery support group for people living with mental illness. These groups provide an ongoing opportunity to discuss the challenges of living with mental illness and the techniques for maintaining wellness.

NAMI Ending the Silence is helping middle and high schoolers understand mental illness. We teach them about the warning signs for themselves and their friends. NAMI Ending the Silence helps raise awareness and change perceptions around mental health conditions.  Through this free classroom presentation, students get to see the reality of living with a mental health condition. During the 50-minute presentation, a young adult living with mental illness and a family member tell their stories about mental health challenges, including what hurt and what helped.

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is a grassroots advocacy training program that takes participants through a step-by-step process that enables them to leave with a two-minute, compelling personal story that can be adapted and used to advocate in numerous ways.

Parents and Teachers as Allies is a two-hour in-service program that focuses on helping school professionals and families within the school community better understand the early warning signs of mental illnesses in children. It also covers the lived experience of mental illnesses and how schools can best communicate with families about mental health related concerns.

Peer-to-Peer is a 10-week course for people with mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery taught by a team of two trained “Mentors” and a volunteer support person who are personally experienced at living with mental illness.

In addition to our NAMI national programs, NAMI Oklahoma offers the following workshops:

Mental Health 101 A 4-hour education program for professionals, community members and volunteers who want to learn more about mental health conditions, symptoms, treatment and recovery. Participants will also learn about NAMI and the resources available at the local, state and national levels.

Vicarious Trauma – A 4-hour education program for professionals and volunteers who work with those who have experienced trauma (child welfare, corrections or juvenile justice workers, home visiting program staff, case managers, therapists and other medical, education or social services professionals.). Participants learn about the signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma as well as how to prevent it in their lives.

Competent Caring – Competent Caring: When Mental Illness Becomes a Traumatic Event training is a continuing education training for health care staff.

  • Who Should See It?
    • Developed for people who work directly with individuals living with mental illness in a hospital or health care setting, Competent Caring is useful for ER doctors, nurses, techs, administrative assistants, medical assistants, executives and other emergency room or healthcare agency staff.
  • Why Hospital/Healthcare Agency Staff Should See It?
    • Competent Caring can help reduce anxiety of health care staff by providing tools and strategies to recognize and respond effectively when an individual is experiencing a mental health crisis. By reducing the stigma surrounding mental health, the video can also improve the experience of the person and family receiving care.

Autism: It’s Complicated – A 2-hour workshop that provides statistical data about the co-morbidity between autism and other psychiatric conditions, treatment and support services.

Mental Health, Trauma, Coping, Recovery and Self-Care – This 4 hour training is specifically designed for those working in the human trafficking field, including staff, volunteers and support personnel. Participants learn how mental health conditions relate directly to human trafficking; as well as, how to avoid becoming traumatized themselves.

 If you would like more information about any of these workshops, contact NAMI OK at (800) 583-1264.



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