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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.

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

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group Training

March 16 & 17, 2024

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

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 meetings 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.

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 agree 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

Complete a self-paced online training module and then an in-person training on May 4, 2024.

NAMI In Our Own Voice presenters are trained to tell their story, to change attitudes and reduce stigma around 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

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 members 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. 
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