Become a NAMI Certified Trainer
NAMI looks to volunteers to help lead its local programs. Programs that support those living with a mental illness, family and friends loving someone with a mental illness, as well as local trainers and advocates who work with the hospitals and schools.
The following are the classes and requirements to become a trainer and facilitator. If you are interested in learning about our programs and becoming a trainer please fill out the form at the bottom of this page.
Note: For most programs, stipends are offered to individuals living with mental illness who present or run programs. Applications and interviews will be required before anyone is accepted into a training class.
Once we know of your interest to train for a program and we have enough people for the class you will be notified when the class is scheduled.
Family-to-Family Teacher Training
As a Family-to-Family teacher you will co-lead a 12-week class for caregivers, family members and friends of persons with a diagnosed mental illness.
Training involves a three day certification training class and to be able to dedicate one day a week over a 12-week period to run and moderate the class. It is preferred that candidates for the training took the Family-to-Family class. Exceptions will be made if the person has extensive mental health training.
Peer to Peer
As a Peer-to-Peer mentor, you will co-lead a ten week classes for people living with a diagnosed mental illness.
Mentors will be in recovery, will need to attend a three day training class, and be able to dedicate one day a week to hold meetings.
Family Support Group Facilitator Training
As a Family Support group facilitator, you will co-lead weekly, biweekly, or monthly meetings geared towards caregivers, family members and friends of persons with a diagnosed mental illness.
Facilitators will need to attend a two day class and be able to dedicate a set time to hold meetings.
As a Connection Support Group mentor, you will meet weekly with people living with mental illness.
Mentors will need to attend a two day class and be able to dedicate one day a week to hold meetings.
As a leader of this 6-week education program you will work with parents and family caregivers of children and teens who are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or whom have already been diagnosed. NAMI Basics is offered in a group setting so you can connect with other people face-to-face.
Trainers will need to attend a two day class and be able to dedicate one day a week over a 6-week period to hold meetings.
Ending the Silence Presenter Training
As a Ending the Silence presenter you will speak at our local high school and middle school to promote awareness of mental illness and the possibility of recovery.
Presenters will be young adults living with a mental illness and a NAMI leader who both go through a one day training and speaking class. Afterwards they will be called on periodically as requests are made by local schools for this program.
In Our Own Voice Presenter Training
“In Your Own Voice” presenter you will speak at schools, hospitals and other groups as invited to promote awareness of mental illness and the possibility of recovery. Presenters are adults living with a mental illness. Presenters will need to attend a two day class and be available to do the presentation as requests come to the office.
As an Advocate, you will become a court-appointed individual who will be called upon to work with a patient and their treatment team of mental health professionals, in instances where the patient does not have family support or a designated health advocate.
Advocates will need to be 18 years or older and attend a one-day training class. Afterwards, you will be called on as needed.