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For Affiliate Program Coordinators

The cornerstone of the NAMI organization is its signature support groups, classes, and presentations that reduce the stigma around mental illness and help individuals and families facing mental health challenges. It is NAMI Florida’s goal to empower its statewide affiliates to build capacity for more of these programs to flourish locally.

The NAMI Florida Education Committee reviews and approves all NAMI State Trainer Signature Programs.

Approval Process for Sponsoring Affiliates:

  • Affiliates interested in sponsoring a training should first review NAMI’s 2019 Signature Program Operating Polices to ensure training compliance for their programs, trainers, teachers, facilitators and presenters.  Please note on page 12 that, “All trainings must be reported to NAMI through the online data reporting system [by the state office] six weeks prior to the training.”
  • If your affiliate is interested in sponsoring a signature program, please connect to the linked application form below.
  • Your submission will automatically be forwarded to the members of the Education Committee.  You will be notified by the NAMI Florida Program Director of the approval decision.
  • Trainers for the courses must have completed the national training course and have maintained membership with NAMI National.
  • current list of 2019 certified trainers is maintained by the NAMI Florida office and available to affiliates by sending a request to  This list will be updated as new trainers are added.

The following affiliate sponsored trainings have been approved for 2019
We expect to add to this list as new trainings are approved. If a course is available to outside affiliates, the fee listed is determined by the sponsoring affiliate and usually includes materials and meals.  Affiliates should contact the individuals listed for additional information and to register members for trainings.

Date Signature Program Affiliate Contact Outside Affiliate Fee
Sep 7-8 NAMI Connection NAMI Broward Melody Kaye

$125, Materials, Snacks and Lunch for 2 days
Sep 14-15 NAMI Connection NAMI Pinellas Denise Whitfield

Oct 5-6 NAMI Family to Family NAMI Palm Beach County Katherine Murphy

$125 Materials, Breakfast and Lunch
Oct 26-27 NAMI Family Support  Group NAMI Sarasota Colleen Thayer
$125 Materials, Snacks and Lunch for 2 days
Nov 9-10 NAMI Peer to Peer NAMI Sarasota Colleen Thayer

$150 Materials, Snacks and Lunch 1.5 days


Education Information

Conscience instructions for data reporting: 

Navigating a Mental Health Crisis: A NAMI Resource Guide for Those Experiencing a Mental Health Emergency –Crisis Guide—provides important, potentially life-saving information for people affected by mental illness.  Available for download at

Five infographic/fact sheets designed to be printed as one pagers for resource tables, health fairs, community presentations, etc. Available for download at

Circle of Care: A Guidebook for Mental Health Caregivers – Available for download at


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