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Training Opportunities

Being a NAMI support group facilitator or program leader is an invaluable resource for people and family members of people with a mental health condition.

Upcoming Trainings:

Are you looking for a way to support your family member with mental health challenges? Become a Family Support Group Facilitator! Join our engaging virtual training sessions on October 5th and 12th. Learn how to lead compassionate, supportive groups for families just like yours.

New training is available to become a NAMI Connection Support Group Facilitator. The training will take place in Williston, VT, on Saturday, November 16th, and Sunday, November 17th, from 10 AM to 5 PM on both days.

Are you passionate about mental health education and eager to make a difference in your community? Register for a MIR Teacher Training on August 24th, 2024, from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

Family Support Group Training

Connection Recovery Support Group Training

In Our Own Voice Program Training

Ending the Silence Training

Provider Training

Family-to-Family Training

Mental Illness & Recovery Workshop Teacher Training

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group Training

NAMI Connection facilitators are trained leaders who facilitate 90-minute Peer Support Group meetings.

New training to become a Connection Support Group facilitator will take place on Sat. & Sun., Nov 16 & Nov 17, 2024 in Williston, VT.

Facilitator’s Role:

  • Ensure that all participants feel welcomed and supported. 
  • Empathize with and encourage those who are just beginning the journey to a renewed life. 
  • Ensure that the group shares responsibility for maintaining guidelines sustains clear participant boundaries, clarifies goals, and reinforces communication skills that encourage group participation.

Who Should Train:

  • Individuals living with a mental health condition.
  • Individuals in a comfortable place in their recovery. 
  • Participants should have attended at least one Peer Support Group meeting and agree to adhere to the NAMI Support Group model.

Facilitators Needed:

  • Wednesday evening virtual support group
  • Burlington (in-person at 2 Cherry Street)
  • Central Vermont (in-person at an inpatient unit)

NAMI Family Support Group Training

NAMI Family Support Group facilitators are trained leaders who facilitate 90-minute Family Support Group meetings.

New training to become a Family Support Group facilitator will take place on Sat., Oct 5 & Oct 12, 2024, in Williston, VT.

Facilitator’s Role:

  • Ensure that all participants feel welcomed and supported. 
  • Empathize with and encourage those who are just beginning the journey to a renewed life. 
  • Ensure that the group shares responsibility for maintaining guidelines sustains clear participant boundaries, clarifies goals, and reinforces communication skills that encourage group participation.

Who Should Train:

  • Family members and friends of individuals living with a mental health condition. 
  • Participants should have attended the Family Support Group meetings and agreed to adhere to the NAMI Support Group model.
  • People who are going through their own loved one’s recovery process. 

Facilitators Needed:

  • Northern, Central, and Southern Vermont

NAMI In Our Own Voice Training

NAMI In Our Own Voice presenters are trained to tell their stories, change attitudes, and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Who Should Train:

  • Individuals living with a mental health condition and are in a comfortable place in their recovery. 
  • Individuals who are comfortable speaking in public.

Joining NAMI Vermont as an In Our Own Voice presenter is a paid opportunity.

NAMI Ending the Silence Training

Online Self-Paced Training

NAMI Ending the Silence presenters educate students and teachers about mental illness, suicide prevention, and how to help a friend.

Who Should Train:

  • Individuals living with a mental health condition and are in a comfortable place in their recovery. 
  • Individuals who are comfortable speaking in public.
  • Presenters include a lead presenter and a young adult (18-30 years old) who shares their story.

Joining NAMI Vermont as an Ending the Silence presenter is a paid opportunity.

NAMI Provider Training

NAMI Provider presents a subjective view of family and peer experiences with a mental health condition to professionals who work with those affected.

Who Should Train:

  • Family member(s): individuals who have a close loved one with a mental health condition.
  • People with mental health conditions who are knowledgeable about their own mental health experience(s) and are dedicated to the process of recovery.
  • Mental health professionals who are also a family member or people living with mental health conditions.

NAMI Family-to-Family Training

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NAMI Family to Family helps families and friends of individuals with a mental health condition to understand and support their loved ones while maintaining their own well-being.

Who Should Train:

  • Family members and friends of individuals who have a close loved one with a mental health condition.
  • People who are supporting their own loved one’s recovery process. 

NAMI Mental Illness & Recovery Training

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Register for a Mental Illness & Recovery Teacher Training on August 24th, 2024, from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

The Mental Illness & Recovery workshop covers major mental health conditions, treatments, services in Vermont, coping strategies, crisis prevention, and recovery support. It’s a flexible alternative to Family-to-Family, welcoming diverse perspectives for a holistic learning experience.

Who Should Train:

  • Family members and friends of individuals who have a close loved one with a mental health condition.
  • Individuals living with a mental health condition and are in a comfortable place in their recovery. 
  • People who are supporting their own loved one’s recovery process. 
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For more information, contact NAMI Vermont at (800) 639-6480 or email: [email protected]

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