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Lackawanna, Susquehanna and Wayne Counties' Voice on Mental Illness

Training & Education

Family to Family Education Program

The Family-to-Family Education Program is a free 12-session course taught by other family members who have received intensive training for its presentation. Instruction and course materials are provided free to class participants.

It will be held in Scranton and will begin September 21st and run for 12 Thursday evening sessions (off Thanksgiving) from 6:00-9:00 PM.

Family to Family Class Registration Form

Class topics include:

green check mark Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder.
green check mark Borderline personality disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders.
green check mark Up-to-date information about medications, side effects, and strategies for medication adherence.
green check mark Current research related to the biology of brain disorders and evidence-based treatments to promote recovery.
green check mark Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness.
green check mark Problem solving, listening, and communication techniques.
green check mark Acquiring strategies for handling mental health crises and relapse.
green check mark Focusing on care for the caregiver: coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload.
green check mark Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community.
green check mark Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand mental health services.

See below link for more information about how the NAMI Family to Family class can help you:

This training is free but registration is required, please all NAMI Scranton & Northeast Region at 570-342-1047 or email

Mental Health First Aid

NAMI PA Scranton & Northeast Region offers Mental Health First Aid training. Mental Health First Aid is an evidence based, internationally offered program that has been found to help people be more comfortable giving support and information to someone who is struggling with a behavioral health problem (mental health or substance abuse).

Like regular first aid, MHFA is the temporary care given to someone until professional care can be rendered. Graduates become aware of others behavior as well as their own, they learn about resources in the community as well as communication strategies and there is a solid focus on self-care.

Mental Health First Aid allows for early detection and intervention by teaching participants about the signs and symptoms of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and addictions. The program offers concrete tools and answers key questions like “What can I do?” and “Where can someone find help?” Participants are introduced to local mental health resources, national organizations, support groups, and online tools for mental health and addictions treatment and support.

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training, upon completion participants receive certification that is good for 3 years and can easily be renewed online. Contact the NAMI Scranton & Northeast Region office at 570-342-1047 or email at to find out how to bring this important training to your organization or to enroll in an existing training.