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NAMI BASICS for Parents of Children

NAMI Basics is a 6-session education program for parents, caregivers and other family who provide care for youth (ages 22 and younger) who are experiencing mental health symptoms. This program is free to participants, 99% of whom say they would recommend the program to others. NAMI Basics is available both in person and online through NAMI Basics OnDemand.

The in-person course is taught by a trained team with lived experience raising a child with a mental health condition. They know what you’re going through because they’ve been there too.

The OnDemand program is also guided by parents and family members with lived experience but is self-paced and available 24/7. OnDemand offers the flexibility of participating in the course on your schedule. Both formats provide identical information, strategies and the opportunity to connect with other parents and caregivers.

What You’ll Gain

By participating in NAMI Basics, you’ll realize that you are not alone. You’ll find support and shared understanding—compassion, reinforcement and empathy from people who truly get your situation. And don’t forget: Your experiences may also help others in the course. Together, you will all learn that recovery is a journey, and there is hope.

NAMI Basics Covers:

  • The impact mental health conditions can have on your entire family
  • Different types of mental health care professionals, available treatment options and therapies
  • An overview of the public mental health care, school and juvenile justice systems and local resources
  • How to advocate for your child’s rights at school and in health care settings
  • How to prepare for and respond to crisis situations (self-harm, suicide attempts, etc.)
  • The importance of taking care of yourself
  • Much, much more

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Are you an agency, school, or group dedicated to supporting parents? NAMI Davidson offers the evidenced-based, national signature NAMI BASICS course directed to parents of children with behavioral health issues. The free-six-session course has been proven to:

  • Reduce Stress & Crisis
  • Develop Self-Advocacy
  • Increase Understanding
  • Help With Strategies

For best benefit in group dynamics, a minimum of six attendees are required per class. The course is peer-led by parents whose own experiences have led them to complete 45 hours of training and a mentorship in order to support others. Bring your parents together for this evidenced-based NAMI national signature program.

The Department of Children’s Services will sometimes require this class of parents who have lost custody, or who are trying to retain custody of their children. Foster Care parents can receive nine of their annual CEU hours through this class. Persons seeking Family Support Specialist (FSS) certification can take the course as part of their qualification.

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