All classes and programs are offered at no cost to participants, but please call or e-mail to register so we have enough material on hand for all participants.




NAMI Basics is a signature education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. The NAMI Basics course is taught by trained instructors who are parents or other caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13 years.

The course consists of six classes, each lasting for 2½ hours. Classes may be offered weekly for six consecutive weeks, or may be offered twice per week for three weeks to accommodate the hectic schedules of parents. All instruction materials are FREE to participants.

Goals of NAMI Basics

  1. To give the parent/caregiver the basic information necessary to take the best care possible of their child, their family, and themself.
  2. To help the parent/caregiver cope with the impact that mental illness has on the child living with the illness and on the entire family.
  3. To equip the parent/caregiver with tools that will assist in making the best possible decisions for the care of the child.

Topics included in NAMI Basics

  • Introduction to the stages of emotional reactions of the family to the mental illness, including crisis, shock, denial, grief, and acceptance
  • Insights into understanding of the lived experience of the child living with the mental illness, including learning to separate the child you love from the illness that alters their behavior and abilities
  • Current information about Attention Deficit Disorder, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Childhood Schizophrenia, and Substance Abuse Disorders
  • Current research related to the biology of mental illness and the evidence-based, most effective treatment strategies available, including medications used to treat mental illness in children and adolescents
  • Specific workshops to learn problem solving, listening, and communication skills
  • Examples of strategies that have been found helpful in handling challenging behaviors in children and adolescents
  • Information about the systems that are major players in the lives of children and adolescents with mental illness – the school system and the mental health system
  • Exposure to personal record-keeping systems that have proven to be effective for parents/caregivers in their interactions with the school and healthcare systems
  • Information on planning for crisis management and relapse
  • Tips on locating appropriate supports and services in the area to build a community of support for the parent/caregiver
  • Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services, with an emphasis on personal advocates for the parent/caregiver and child on an individual level


Marion County NAMI Basics Class 

Dates & times to be determined.

Classes are held at the Crawford-Marion ADAMH Board Office

142 S. Prospect St., Marion, OH  43302

For details or to express interest in an upcoming class, call (740) 375-0796 or e-mail 





The Family-to-Family Education Program, created by Dr. Joyce Burland, a psychologist and family member, is a FREE 12-week course designed for caregivers, friends, and loved ones experiencing the effects of severe brain disorders. The course focuses on three major psychiatric illnesses: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (manic depression), and major depression.  Discussions on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) are also included.


Classes are team-taught by intensively trained family members of individuals suffering from mental illnesses. The course curriculum covers treatment strategies and coping skills, such as improved communication and problem solving. Throughout the program, family members learn to be effective providers and advocates for an ill relative. Many participants also find the emotional support that is essential during times of illness and stress.  Classes are open to anyone with a family member or close friend experiencing mental illness.


Classes cover the following topics:

  • Facts and Feelings—Learning the Difference
  • Introduction to Schizophrenia—Diagnosis and Causes
  • Introduction to Depression and Bipolar Illness—Diagnosis and Causes
  • Brain Basics
  • Problem-Solving Skills
  • Medication
  • Empathy Workshop—What is it like to experience a brain disorder?
  • Communication Skills
  • Relative Groups and Self-Care
  • Rehabilitation Strategies
  • Advocacy: Fighting Stigma
  • Celebration! Certification is awarded upon class completion

Marion County Family-to-Family Class  

Classes are held at the Crawford-Marion ADAMH Board Office

142 S. Prospect St., Marion, OH  43302

For details or to express interest in an upcoming class, call (740) 375-0796 or



Crawford County Family-to-Family Class

Dates, times & location to be determined

For information on future classes, contact Carol Lantz at (419) 468-4100 or

or Becky Weisenauer at (419) 563-6135 or 



In addition to offering classes and support groups, volunteers are able to provide one-on-one guidance by phone, e-mail, or individual meetings. A lending library is also available.