Program Leadership Training

Are you interested in serving as a volunteer teacher or facilitator? Please join us for our next (usually annual) training in each of our programs and receive training, materials, meals, mileage reimbursement, and overnight accommodations***. Trainings are offered FREE to NAMI Vermont members.

NAMI Vermont offers training to become leaders in these six programs:

   

    

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NAMI Connection Peer Support Group Facilitator Training

Next Training: June 8-9, 2019 in Rutland


CLICK HERE to register for the Connection Support Group facilitator training

Help establish a new support group in your area if it is under-served with a team of 4+ new facilitators and to sustain the groups that already take place.

NAMI Connection facilitators are trained leaders who facilitate 90-minute Recovery Support Group meetings. Facilitators play an important role in ensuring that all participants feel welcomed and supported. NAMI facilitators are uniquely qualified to lead support groups because they have gone through their own recovery process. They empathize with, and encourage those who may be just beginning the journey.

Who Should Attend: Individuals who have personal experience with mental health challenges and have reached a comfortable place in recovery. Participants should attend at least one Connection Support Group meeting and agree to adhere to the NAMI Connection Support Group model. Facilitating these groups requires patience, hard work,  and dedication–but it is definitely worth it!

Facilitators needed: Northern, Central, Southern

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NAMI Family Support Group Facilitators

Family Support Group and Connection Support Group Trainers & Facilitators

Next Training: TBD, 2019 

CLICK HERE to pre-register for the Family Support Group Facilitator Training.

A NAMI Family Support Group facilitator is a trained NAMI leader who leads a 90-minute, monthly Family Support Group.  They play an important role in ensuring that all participants feel welcomed and supported. NAMI facilitators are uniquely qualified to lead support groups because they are going through their own loved one’s recovery process. They can empathize with and encourage those who are just beginning the journey to a renewed life. A NAMI facilitator ensures that the group shares responsibility for maintaining guidelines, sustains clear participant boundaries, clarifies goals, and reinforces communication skills that encourage group participation.

Who Should Attend: Family members and friends of individuals living with mental illness. Participants should have attended the Family Support Group meetings and agree to adhere to the NAMI Family Support Group model.

Facilitators needed: Northern, Central, and Southern Vermont            About FSG

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NAMI Provider Program Teacher Training

Next Training: June 22-23, 2019.

 

CLICK HERE to Register to become a NAMI Provider Program Leader.
NAMI Provider Program offers 15-hours or 4-hours of in-service training to line staff at public mental health agencies and other organizations who work directly with individuals who are affected by a mental health condition. The teaching team consists of five-members (or three members) that include family members, individuals living with a mental health condition, and a mental health provider who is either a family member or individual in recovery. Teachers share their personal experience with the participants and follow a scripted curriculum.

Who Should Attend: Returning teachers who need a refresher, current Connection and Family Support Group facilitators, NAMI program teachers, and mental health professionals who are either family members or living with a mental health challenge.

Teachers needed in: Northern, Central, and Southern Vermont

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NAMI “In Our Own Voice” Presenter Training

Next Training: Winter, 2020

CLICK HERE to pre-register for the next training. In Our Own Voice is a unique public education presentation, in which 2 speakers share their compelling personal stories of living with mental illness and achieving recovery.  Each presentation lasts 60-90 minutes and includes a short video, personal testimony, and a Q&A that allows for honest and open dialogue.

Requirements and Commitments:

  • Able to complete the self-paced online training before attending in-person training
  • Willing and able to attend the one-day (in-person) training
  • Agree to adhere to fidelity of the NAMI IOOV presentation model
  • Make a commitment to perform at least 4 presentations per year
  • Work with the NAMI Program Director to identify potential new presentation sites, on outreach, recruitment and record keeping
  • Maintain a NAMI membership
  • Have personal experience with mental health challenges
  • Have reached a comfortable place in recovery
  • An ability to read and speak or to compensate for reading/speaking challenges with reasonable accommodations

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Mental Illness and Recovery Workshop Teacher Training

Next Training: Autumn, 2019

CLICK HERE to pre-register. Mental Illness and Recovery is a free, one-day workshop for families, peers, and community members who want to learn more about mental illness and recovery. Teachers should have a connection with NAMI Vermont, be comfortable reading aloud and sharing “your story”, be available on a Saturday 2-3 times a year, and have transportation to travel to scheduled workshops.

Teachers needed in: Northern, Central, and Southern Vermont

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NAMI Family-to-Family Teacher Training

Next Training: TBD, 2020 

New Family-to-Family Teachers

CLICK HERE to pre-register to Become a Family-to-Family Program Leader

A Family-to-Family Teacher provides the delivery of the evidence based 12-week NAMI Family-to-Family curriculum to other family members who have a loved one with a mental illness. You will share information about major mental illnesses, with a focus on the emotional reactions of family members who have a loved one who is ill and teach coping skills such as handling crisis and relapse; basic information about medications; listening and communication techniques; problem-solving skills; recovery and rehabilitation; and self-care around worry and stress.

What are the Requirements?

  • Complete the Family-to-Family class (as a participant)
  • Have a family member, who lives with a mental illness
  • Have reached a comfortable place in your loved one’s recovery from serious mental illness, and are able to sustain yourself through the emotional turbulence that may arise in the class
  • Adhere to the NAMI Family-to-Family model
  • Commitment to co-teach the class for 12 consecutive weeks
  • Maintain confidentiality of participants
  • Maintain NAMI membership during commitment
  • Work with the Program Director on outreach, recruitment and record keeping
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For more information about the trainings being offered or to receive an application, contact Nick Martin, Program Director at NAMI Vermont – call 800-639-6480 x102 or email: program@namivt.org.

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***Training and other expenses are covered only for NAMI Vermont members. Those living outside Vermont are welcome, but are expected to cover their own expenses (including training materials). Overnight accommodations can be offered to trainees who live outside a 25-mile radius of the training site. Training sites may vary by year and by program.