Family-to-Family Class

Here at NAMI Vermont, we are constantly reviewing updates regarding COVID-19 and attempting to deliver programs and supports to interested participants. During this time, we are very aware of the challenges of hosting in-person programs for participants and the concerns of those who may want to attend. We are cautiously optimistic about the future developments of COVID-19, so we are moving forward. If, in the weeks ahead, there is an indication that hosting in-person programming remains a serious threat to participants’ health and safety, we may offer alternatives and/or postpone the event(s) to a TBD future date. We’re looking out for everyone in this challenging time.

For Family and Friends of Individuals Living with a Mental Health Condition

Family-to-Family Class


We are exploring the possibility of offering Family-to-Family in an online/virtual setting to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We appreciate your patience while we update our systems and offerings.

Classes starting soon:

  • Brattleboro, VT (beginning Thursday, April 9th @ 6:30PM online) ***CLASS IS FULL***
  • Rutland, VT (beginning Thursday, April 9th @ 6:30PM online) ***CLASS IS FULL***
  • Williston, VT (beginning Monday, April 13th @ 6:00PM online) ***CLASS IS FULL***

Pre-register HERE for the next class nearest you. Limited spaces, so register early!


Who Should Attend: The course is designed specifically for parents, siblings, spouses, teenage and adult children and significant others of persons with a mental health condition. Many family members describe the impact of this program as “life changing.”

Please share this information with anyone you think would benefit from taking this course.

The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a FREE 8-week course structured to help families and friends of individuals with a mental health condition understand and support their loved ones while maintaining their own well-being.

  • Trained family members teach the course.
  • All instruction and course materials are free to class participants.
  • Evidence-based curriculum draws on scientific research.
  • Over 300,000 family members have graduated from this national program.

This course includes:

  • Information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and co-occurring mental health and addiction conditions.
  • Information about treatment, wellness and recovery, including: medications, side effects, strategies for medication adherence or reduction, mindfulness and whole health modalities, and other psychosocial options.
  • Research related to mental health conditions and the most effective, evidence-based treatments to promote recovery.
  • Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness.
  • Special workshops for problem solving, listening, and communication techniques.
  • Acquiring strategies for handling crises and relapse.
  • Focusing on care for the caregiver: coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload.
  • Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community.
  • Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services.

I have been dealing with my son’s mental illness for eight years with no real knowledge of what was going on. This course was very thorough and answered so many questions for me. It helped me to realize that others have the same issues and therefore understand.”
–past participant