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  Training to become a NAMI Family Support Group Facilitator  

Recovery is for everyone. NAMI Family Facilitators are family members of individuals living with mental illnesses and are at a point in their family's recovery where they want to "give back" to others. They attend an intense training designed to help them develop the skills they need to facilitate a NAMI Family Support Group.

NAMI Family Support Group Facilitators:
  Apply to be selected to attend trainings and include a reference in their application
  Receive skill training in the NAMI Family Support Group Model
  Are volunteers
  Co-facilitate weekly 90 minute groups - working in pairs
  Commit to a minimum of one year of service
  Commit to fidelity to the NAMI Family Support Group model

Next Training

February 11 - 13, 2011

Training Location:

Location:  TBD

Download Information

  Application Procedure     PDF Format
  Application Form              Word Format    (Editable)
  Application Form              PDF Format       (Fill out by hand)
  Typical Class Agenda       PDF Format
  Directions to Training       Google Maps
  Download Directions                  

After the training event, certified facilitators know how to encourage the group to make room for all of its voices; short-circuit personal sagas; engage the group in subjects of collective interest; encourage collective thought; and circumvent negative interactions by identifying common ground for real discussion among group participants.

Family Support Group facilitators make use of the strategies, structures, and processes they have learned from the training events to ensure the group provides a place that is safe and maintains group guidelines.

Facilitator trainees are required to go through an application and screening process before being approved to attend a training event.


Family Support Group facilitators are certified by attending and graduating from a 3-day training event.

The training event is designed for facilitators to learn and practice specific skills that will guarantee a meaningful support group experience for all participants.



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