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 consumer members of NAMI, in consultation with Joyce Burland, Ph.D., author of the successful NAMI Family-to-Family Education Course, guided the curriculum's development.
Mentors are trained in weekend-long training sessions and 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
- Survival skills for working with providers and the general public
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, therefore, is required.
The Peer-to-Peer Recovery Education Course topics include:
- Stigma and discrimination
- Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Depression: Thoughts, Feelings, Sleep
- Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Senses, Behavior
- Story Telling
- Language and emotions
- Addictions, spirituality, medication
- Coping strategies and decision making
- Empowerment, Advocacy
For information about future classes please contact the NMMI office at (760) 722-3754 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.