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Our next Peer-to-Peer class has been scheduled!

Dates: August 22, 2018 through October 24, 2018
Times: 6:00pm-8:30pm
Location: Hancock Regional Hospital, Orange classroom on the lower level 

This class is for persons with mental illness(es) only.
Registration is recommended.
Please call us at 317-257-7517 or email to register.

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 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.

Check back for class availability or contact the NAMI Greater Indianapolis office at 317-257-7517 or

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
Course orientation
Questions and answers

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

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

Week Four
Story Telling - sharing of personal experiences

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

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

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

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

Week Ten
Another look at consumer stages of recovery
Opportunities for involvement in NAMI

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