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The NAMI Provider Program is either a 15-hour course, or a 4-hour seminar (your agency’s preference) that presents a penetrating, subjective view of family and peer experiences with serious mental illness to professionals who work directly with individuals affected by mental illness.
The program helps providers realize the hardships that families and peers face and appreciate the courage and persistence it takes to live with and recover from their mental health condition.
Participants felt that not only had their approach towards families changed, but that their understanding of peers’ dealing with life dilemmas had expanded as well. Almost every participant described how his or her own clinical practice or approach to working with individuals had changed because of what was learned in class.
The Provider Program emphasizes the involvement of peers and family members as faculty in provider-staff training. The teaching team consists of five people:
Few teaching programs employ peers in this kind of sustained training effort in which they are paid to participate on a teaching team as they present a 2-session course or a 1-session seminar. The program reflects a new knowledge base — the “lived experiences” of people coping with a mental illness or caring for someone who lives with a mental illness. Including this deeply personal perspective creates an appreciable difference in the program’s content. It adds a means of teaching the emotional aspects and practical consequences of these illnesses.
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If you are a mental health professional and you are interested in taking the Provider Program, please call our toll-free number: (800) 639-6480 or email: NAMI-Vermont.