The NAMI Tri-County Illinois chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will sponsor the NAMI Basics Education Program, specifically for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents with mental illness.
The six week series of classes will begin from 6:30-9 p.m. Feb. 6 in Peoria on North University Street.
The course will cover information about ADHD, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Schizophrenia and Substance Abuse Disorders: coping skills such as handling crisis and relapse; basic information about medication use in the treatment of mental illness in children; listening and communication techniques; problem solving skills; and an overview of the mental health and school systems’ roles in treating children with mental illness.
The curriculum was written by an experienced family member and mental health professional.
The course will be taught by two volunteers who are parents of individuals who developed mental illnesses as children. These volunteers have taken extensive training as course instructors. The co-teachers for this class will be Becky Dorman and Beth Lawrence.
“This course is a wonderful experience,” said instructor Beth Lawrence. “It balances basic psycho education and skill training with emotional support, self-care and empowerment.
“We hope parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents with mental illness will take advantage of this unique opportunity.”
For more information or to register for this class, call Dorman at 853- 7176 or Lawrence at 691-5830 by Jan. 31.