For Professional Providers
NAMI Provider Education is a 5-week course presented to line staff at public agencies who work directly with people with severe and persistent mental illnesses. The course reflects the ‘lived experiences’ of people coping with the symptoms of mental illness or caring for someone who is experiencing symptoms of mental illness. It helps providers realize the hardships that families and consumers face and appreciate the courage and persistence it takes to live with and recover from the symptoms of mental illness.
The Provider Course emphasizes the involvement of consumers and family members as faculty in provider-staff training. The trained teaching team consists of five people: two family members who are trained Family-to-Family Education Program teachers, two consumers who are knowledgeable about their own mental illness, have a supportive relationship with their families and are dedicated to the process of recovery, and a mental health professional who is also a family member or consumer.