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Peer-to-Peer


Peer-to-Peer is a 10-week education program, 
facilitated by two trained individuals 
who are living successfully with a mental illness.

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Spring 2017

Peer-to-Peer is offered at no cost to anyone with a diagnosed mental illness, 
in recovery* and interested in the sharing of experiences 
and techniques on how to maintain wellness.

*”Recovery” is defined by each individual; The Peer-to-Peer program welcomes participants at all levels of the recovery process.

Registration is required by calling Kimberly Comer at (317)257-7517, 
or e-mail at kcomer@namiindy.org.  Early Registration is suggested!  


What is NAMI’s Peer-to-Peer Program?
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 McNulty, 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 NAMI consumer members, in consultation with Joyce Burland, Ph.D., author of the successful NAMI Family-to-Family Education program, helped guide the curriculum’s development.

Since 2005, NAMI’s Peer-to-Peer Recovery Program has been supported by AstraZeneca.

What does the course include?
Peer-to-Peer consists of ten two-hour units and is taught by a team of two trained “Mentors” and a volunteer support person who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness.

Mentors are trained in an intensive three day training session, and are supplied with teaching manuals.
Participants come away from the course with a binder of hand-out materials, as well as many other tangible resources: an advnace 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.

Check back for class availability or contact the NAMI Greater Indianapolis office at 317-257-7517 or info@namiindy.org.

Peer-to-Peer Class Topic List

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 is strongly recommended.

Week One
Welcome
Introductions
Course orientation
Questions and answers

Week Two
Icebreaker
Group ground rules
Discussion on course values
Mental illnesses as traumatic experiences
Consumer stages of recovery
Stigma
Culture
Mindfullness

Week Three
"Its not my fault" - mental illnesses as no-blame disorders
Brain biology and research
The challenges and benefits of medication
Relapse prevention
Creative visualization
Mindfulness

Week Four
Story Telling - sharing of personal experiences
Mindfulness

Week Five
Information and discussion about:
Schizophrenia
Depression
Bipolar Disorder
Schizoaffective Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder
Relapse prevention continued
Accounts of wisdom and strength
Mindfulness

Week Six
Information and discussions about:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Panic Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Dual Diagnosis
Relapse prevention continued
Substance abuse and addiction
The role of acceptance in recovery
Mindfulness

Week Seven
Understanding emotions
Complete relapse prevention
Focusing on experiences of joy
Spirituality
Physical health and mental health
Mindfulness

Week Eight
Suicide and prevention
Coming out of isolation
Mental illness and disclosure
Take-home tool for making difficult choices
Surviving a hospital stay
Advance Directive for Mental Healthcare Decision Making

Week Nine
Guest Speaker
Hot buttons and triggers
Working with providers
Advance Directive continued
Incarceration - survival and preparedness
Mindfulness

Week Ten
Another look at consumer stages of recovery
Empowerment
Advocacy
Opportunities for involvement in NAMI
Mindfulness
Evaluations
Celebration


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Nami Indy,
Dec 21, 2016, 1:23 PM