We will be holding a Peer to Peer class in Warminster beginning September 14, 2017 for 10 consecutive Thursdays from 7:00 – 9:30 PM. We will also be offering Family to Family at the same time for our family members. An additional class will be held in Perkasie beginning September 11, 2017.
For more info on classes, and to register, call 1-866-399-NAMI (6264)
|Peer-to-Peer: NAMI’s Recovery Curriculum
Peer-to-Peer is a unique, experiential learning program for people with any serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery. The course was written by Kathryn Cohan, a person with a psychiatric disability who is also a former provider and manager in the mental health field and a longtime mutual support group member and facilitator. An advisory board comprised of consumer members of NAMI, in consultation with Joyce Burland, Ph.D., author of the successful NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program, helped guide the curriculum’s development.
|If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a mentor or taking the Peer-to-Peer Recovery Course please call bie at 1-866-399-6264. Topics include:
Peer-to-Peer participants come away from the course with a binder of hand-out materials, as well as many other tangible resources: an advance directive; a “relapse prevention plan” to help identify tell-tale feelings, thoughts, behavior or events that may warn of impending relapse and to organize for intervention; mindfulness exercises to help focus and calm thinking; and survival skills for working with providers and the general public. Each class contains a combination of lecture and interactive exercise material and closes with Mindfulness Practice (techniques offered to develop and expand awareness). Each class builds on the one before: attendance each week, therefore, is required.
| An Inside Look at NAMI’s Peer to PeerProgram My Experience with NAMI’s Peer-to-Peer Recovery Education Course
by Donna R.
I have been in recovery for the last 4 years, living well with my illness, and accepting the limitations of Bi-polar Disorder. I had discovered ways to cope and encourage my family to help with the accommodations I required: i.e. quiet time; reduced stress; etc.
When I began my relapse prevention plan during Peer-to-Peer, I didn’t believe that I could benefit from this exercise. However, as I started to think back to events leading up to my last relapse, I found that I wasn’t accepting responsibility for my own care. I realized that I needed to be more vigilant watching for signs of relapse. Only I can control the amount of rest and exercise that I get. I’m the only one who knows if I get dressed or leave the house during the week.
I have learned to make time for going out, even if I have to go out alone. I can go to the grocery store and not let everyone else do it for me. I have learned to call a friend to go for a walk. My family can’t always be there to entertain me. I found that internet communications are no substitute for human voices. I have learned that only I can make me happy and sometimes happy is what I already am.
|What Recovery Means to Us
by Shery Mead MSW and Mary Ellen Copeland MS, MA
Copyright: Plenum Publishers, New York, NY, 2000What are the key facets of a recovery scenario?
1. There is hope. A vision of hope that includes no limits.
2. It’s up to each individual to take responsibility for their own wellness. There is no one else who can do this for us.
3. Education is a process that must accompany us on this journey. We search for sources of information that will help us to figure out what will work for us.
4. Each of us must advocate for ourselves to get what it is we want, need and deserve.
5. Mutual relationship and support is a necessary component of the journey to wellness