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FAMILY-TO-FAMILY EDUCATION COURSES

Pre-register | Schedule & Contacts 
You will be contacted by a NAMI representative to discuss course requirements. 

Family to Family Educational Course 

The NAMI Pennsylvania Family-to-Family Education Course is a free 12-week course, one evening per week, for family caregivers of individuals with severe brain disorders (mental illnesses). All instruction and course materials are free for class participants.

The Family-to-Family curriculum focuses on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (manic depression), clinical depression, borderline personality disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and the dual diagnosis of mental illness together with substance abuse. The course discusses the clinical treatment of these illnesses and teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively.
Pre-register | Schedule & Contacts

Family to Family Teacher Training- for those interested in teaching the Family to Family Course.

The Family-to-Family Teacher Training is a three day training designed for individuals who have taken the Family to Family course and are interested in teaching the course in the future.
2006 Course:
When: February 24th-26th, 2006
Where: Cranaleith Spirituality Center in Philadelphia, Pa.
Contact: Please contact Ellen Kitz ekitz@nami-pa.org or call 800-223-0500. 
Pre-register | Schedule & Contacts 

Course Background

What did Beethoven, Churchill, Lincoln, Poe and VanGogh have in common? MENTAL ILLNESS! One in four families have a relative suffering (some quietly) from a mental illness. The day to day struggles can be overwhelming.

For those of close relatives with: 
-Bipolar Disorder* 
-Major Depression 
-Borderline Personality Disorder 
-Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder 
-Panic Disorder
-Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 
-Co-occurring Brain Disorders and Addictive Disorders 
* Also called Manic Depression 

A series of 12 weekly classes, once per week, structured to help family members understand and support their ill relative while maintaining their own well being. The course is taught by a team of trained volunteer family members who know what it's like to have a loved one with a serious mental illness in the family. There is no cost to participate in the NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program. 
Over 50,000 family members in the U.S. and Canada have completed this course. We think you will be pleased by how much assistance the program offers. We invite you to contact us for more information.

For family members only. 
Registration required.
Classes limited to 30 persons. 

This NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is sponsored by NAMI PA.

SPRING 2007 SCHEDULE

Allegheny County- Pre-register 

Starts: Monday, March 5, 6:30-9:00 pm Spring Class 
Location: Squirrel Hill
Contact: NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania
info@namiswpa.org
412-366-3788 or 1-888-264-7972

Allegheny County- Pre-register 

Starts: Tuesday, March 6, 7:00-9:30 pm Spring Class 
Location: Ross Township
Contact: NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania
info@namiswpa.org
412-366-3788 or 1-888-264-7972

Allegheny CountyPre-register 

Starts: TBD
Location: McKees Rocks
Contact: NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania
info@namiswpa.org
412-366-3788 or 1-888-264-7972

Alle-Kiski (Westmoreland County)- Pre-register 

Starts: 
Location: New Kensington, Westmoreland County
Contact: Mary K. Slater
724-335-5070

Beaver County Pre-register Spring Class

Starts: Wednesday, March 7
Location: Mental Health Association bldg., Rochester
Contact: Carla Braund
724-728-3243


BERKS Pre-register 

Starts: TBD 
Location: Berks (Spanish)
Contact: John Pearce
610-438-2478
johntpearce@hotmail.com

BLAIR Altoona- Pre-register Spring Class

Pre-registration required. Class limited to 15.
Starts: Wednesday, February 28 2007
Location: Synod Office, 701 Quail avenue, Altoona, Pa
Contact: Peggy Thatcher 814-942-4779
youthcor2@hotmail.com

BUCKS- Pre-register 

Langhorne:
Starts: Monday, March 5, 2007; 7:00 9:30
Location: Frankford Hospital, Langhorne, PA 
Contact: Debbie
info@namibucks.org 
866-399-6264
866-399-NAMI 

Doylestown:
Starts: 03/07/07
Location: Doylestown Hospital
Contact: Debbie
info@namibucks.org 
866-399-6264
866-399-NAMI 

Newtown:
Starts: Tuesday, January 9, 2007; 7:00 PM
Location: Church of St. Andrew, Route 313/Swamp Rd., Newtown, PA across from Council Rock North
Contact: Debbie
info@namibucks.org 
866-399-6264
866-399-NAMI. 


BUTLER- Pre-register

Starts: TBD
Location: 
Contact: Sandy, 724-452-4279 or sandygoetze@worldnet.att.net

CAMBRIA - Pre-register 

Starts: TBD
Location: NAMI/Image Drop-In Center
Contact: Judy Miller/ David Fatula
(814)-535-3166

CHESTER Pre-register Fall 2007

Starts: September 10, 2007 from 7 - 9:30 pm
Location: Government Services Center, 601 Westtown Rd., West Chester.
Contact: 610-293-1422
chester@nami.org 

CLARION- Pre-register 

Starts: 
7:00-9:30 pm
Location: Clarion Hospital Education Center
Contact: Anne Hamilton 814-752-2633.
Joan Beichner 814-354-2478.

COLUMBIA- Pre-register 

Starts: TBD
Location: Montour Building on Danville State Hospital grounds, Danville, Pa
Contact: Central Susquehanna Valley NAMI
Nancy Hazlinsky, nhazlin@dejazzd.com or Mickey McElroy, mickey_nami@yahoo.com

CRAWFORD Pre-register 

Starts: March 6th, 2007, 6pm Spring Class
Location: St. Brigids Church, Meadville, PA
Contact: Cindy 814-827-2746 or 
Sally Burns
814-333-2924 x232
sally.chaps@hotmail.com

CUMBERLAND/PERRY Pre-register 

Starts: TBD
Location: STAR Center at Penrose Plaza in Carlisle, PA 
Contact: Sarah at 717-249-7653 or
Janet at 717-249-0654 or
Message Line at 717-240-8715
email: FEINGOLD@pa.net 

DELAWARE Pre-register 

Starts: Monday, March 5, 2007 from 7-9 PM
Location: Springfield Hospital, Rt. 320 in Springfield, PA
Jean Kirk at 610-449-9156 or Jeannette Shepper at 610-328-0998

DAUPHIN Pre-register Spring Class

Starts: Wednesday, March 21st, 2007
Location: Ephiphany Lutheran Church, 1100 colonial Road, Harrisburg, PA
7 to 9:30 PM
Contact:
Marge Chapman
717-233-1164
margchapman@netzero.com

ERIE Pre-register

Starts: TBD
Location: NAMIECO Office
Contact: NAMIECO office 814-456-1773 or Missy 814-824-2239 hberquist@mercyhurst.edu

HMJ

Starts: TBD
Location:
Contact:

LANCASTER Pre-register 

Starts: TBD
7:00pm - 9:30pm
Location: Held at "The Ellmaker House Bed and Breakfast", Lincoln Highway, Gap, PA 17527
Contact: Family Resource and Counseling Center (717) 442-9577 
Lavina and John Kauffman (610) 593-5465
Lavina Kauffman, Certified Instructor lavinak@fracc.org
Donations are received (refreshments,etc.)

Information submitted by Doris Swaim, PR doriss@fracc.org
Family Resource and Counseling Center

or 

NAMI PA
nami-pa@nami.org
Deborah Morrow
717-361-8131
dtomorrow@earthlink.net

LEHIGH - Pre-register 

Starts: TBD
Location:
Contact:


LEBANON

Starts: TBD
Location:
Contact:

LUZERNE (Wilkes-Barre)- Pre-register 

Starts: TBD
Location: College Misericordia, Dallas. 
Contact: Audrey Gozdiskowski
570-836-2749
goz@epix.net

LYCOMING

Starts: TBD
Location:
Contact:

MAIN LINE Pre-register Spring Class

Starts: Beginning Wednesday, 3 January 2007, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Location: Lankenau Hospital area
Contact: Note: For more information and/or to register call Judy at 610.668.7917 or email her at F2FMainLine@aol.com

Starts: Beginning Wednesday, 25 April, from 7-9:30 p.m.
Location: Lankenau Hospital, Lancaster Ave. (near City Line Ave.), Wynnewood
Contact: For questions or to register call Judy at 610.668.7917 or F2Fmainline@aol.com , or call Eleanor Fala at 610.789.4355.

MONTGOMERY Pre-register Spring Classes

Glenside- DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION IS FEBRUARY 21st!
Starts: Wednesday evenings starting March 7th, 2007; 6:30 PM to 9 PM
Location: Human Services Center, 1430 De Kalb Street, Norristown; 6:30 to 9 PM
Contact: 215-886-0350
montconami@aol.com 

Pottstown- DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION IS JANUARY 23rd!
Starts: Tuesday evenings starting FEBRUARY 20th, 2007; 6:30 PM to 8:45 PM
Location: St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 564 Glasgow Street, Pottstown 
Contact: 215-886-0350
montconami@aol.com 

MONTOUR- Pre-register 

Starts: 
Location: Montour Building on Danville State Hospital grounds, Danville, Pa
Contact: Central Susquehanna Valley Nami
Nancy Hazlinsky, nhazlin@dejazzd.com or Mickey McElroy, mickey_nami@yahoo.com

NORTHUMBERLAND- Pre-register 

Starts: 
Location: Montour Building on Danville State Hospital grounds, Danville, Pa
Contact: Central Susquehanna Valley Nami
Nancy Hazlinsky, nhazlin@dejazzd.com or Mickey McElroy, mickey_nami@yahoo.com

PHILADELPHIA NORTH EAST -

Starts: TBD
Location 
Contact: Peg Laramee 
215-924-1263 
larameefam@earthlink.net 


PHILADELPHIA LATINO- Pre-register 

Starts: TBD
Location:
Contact: Ramon Castro
215.739.2669 x29
anavickyann@aol.com
Anna Reyes

PHILADELPHIA NORTH WEST- Pre-register

Starts: TBD
Location:
Contact:

POTTER

Starts: TBD
Location:
Contact:

SCRANTON - Pre-register 

Starts: Thursday, March 1st, 2007, 6:30 9:00pm Spring Class
Location: Community Medical Center in Scranton, Classroom #2, CMC School of Nursing Building
Contact: Jim & Marie Scott, and Leona Pronitis 
514 Old Colony Road
Clark Summit, PA 18411
570-586-9507
jimdscott@hotmail.com
info@namipascranton.org 
www.namipascranton.org 

SNYDER- Pre-register 

Starts: TBD
Location: Montour Building on Danville State Hospital grounds, Danville, Pa
Contact: Central Susquehanna Valley Nami
Nancy Hazlinsky, nhazlin@dejazzd.com or Mickey McElroy, mickey_nami@yahoo.com

TIOGA - Pre-register

Starts: TBD
Location:
Contact:

UNION - Pre-register 

Starts: TBD
Location: Montour Building on Danville State Hospital grounds, Danville, Pa
Contact: Central Susquehanna Valley Nami
Nancy Hazlinsky, nhazlin@dejazzd.com or Mickey McElroy, mickey_nami@yahoo.com

YORK - Pre-register

Starts: Wednesday, March 7 to May 23rd, 2007 Spring Class
Where: Luther Memorial Church, 1907 Hollywood Drive, York, Pa. 17403
Contact: Dave Hamilton, 717-252-5993/ 332-4450, djh512@msn.com 
Danielle Dennis
Rose Albergini will act as a resource person. 

Our Educational Trainings Coordinator is:

Mickey McElroy mmcelroy@nami.org
NAMI PA Education Training Coordinator
2149 N 2nd St, Harrisburg, PA 17110-1005 
800.223.0500 
FAX 717.238.4390



We also offer Family-to-Family teacher training for those wishing to teach the NAMI PA Family-to-Family Education Program in their communities...for more information, please contact ekitz@NAMI-PA.org 

NOW offering NAMI national's signature education event:
Family-to-Family Support Group Facilitator training for those wishing to lead NAMI support groups of all kinds their communities...for more information, please contact ekitz@NAMI-PA.org
Family-to-Family Support Group Facilitator Training (30 hours of training).
Other classes are forming.

 

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