NAMI Tri-Valley
Family-to-Family Education Program

Family To Family for Families & Caregivers
NAMI Tri-Valley will be providing a FREE 11-week course for family caregivers of adult (age 18 and up) individuals with severe mental illnesses that discusses the clinical treatment of these illnesses and teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively.  Provided by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Tri-Valley Affiliate, the course is taught by trained family members.  


Spring Class
March 7, 2019 - May 23, 2019
(No class on April 4)

Location: Pleasanton, CA

Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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Information and Registration:
Shiena Avila,
NAMI Tri-Valley Family-to-Family Coordinator

  • The course is taught by trained family members 
  • All instruction and course materials are free to class participants
  • Over 115,000 family members have graduated from this national program

Course Content

  • Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders

  • Up-to-date information about medications, side effects, and strategies for medication adherence

  • Current research related to the biology of brain disorders and the evidence-based, most effective treatments to promote recovery

  • Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness

  • Learning in special workshops for problem solving, listening, and communication techniques

  • Acquiring strategies for handling crises and relapse

  • Focusing on care for the caregiver: coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload

  • Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community

  • Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services

Supplemental Reading

To access information on specific topics NOT covered in the classes, please click on the highlighted text to download in pdf format:

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

NAMI Tri-Valley, a 501 (C) (3) nonprofit, is an affiliate of NAMI California and NAMI National
Updated 2019