NAMI Provider Education

NAMI values the vital role mental health professionals play in the recovery process for consumers, family members, and friends.  Provider Education is a program for mental health providers, taught by family members, consumers, and mental health professionals who are also family members or consumers.

The program is a 5-day or 12 hour course that offers a penetrating view of family and consumer experiences with serious mental illness to line staff at public agencies who work directly with people with severe and persistent mental illnesses.

The course reflects a new knowledge base -- the “lived experiences” of people coping with a mental illness or caring for someone who lives with a mental illness.  Including this deeply personal perspective adds insight into the emotional aspects and practical consequences of these illnesses to the academic medical information in the course.

As part of the program, NAMI also maintains a national web-based information for providers. Included are the latest information on mental health research, mental health news, and resources for consumers and families.

To learn more, go to the NAMI Provider Education web page.