Peer-to-Peer

Peer-to-Peer is a unique learning program for people with a mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery. The course is taught by a team of two trained “mentors” who are personally experienced at living well with their mental illness.  The course uses a combination of lecture, interactive exercises and structured group processes that provide individuals with the opportunity for growth and understanding on their road to recovery.  The diversity of experience within each group of participants can lead to a lively dynamic that moves the course along.  The course is designed for those diagnosed and in treatment for Major Depression, ADHD, Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Panic Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder and others.

Participants will receive handout materials and other tangible resources that include Advance Directives; “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; and survival skills for working with professionals and the general public.

WHAT IS NAMI’S PEER-TO-PEER PROGRAM?

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 NAMI consumer members, in consultation with Joyce Burland, Ph.D., author of the successful NAMI Family-to-Family Education program, helped guide the curriculum’s development.
  • Since 2005, NAMI’s Peer-to-Peer Recovery Program has been supported by AstraZeneca.

WHAT DOES THE COURSE INCLUDE?

  • Peer-to-Peer consists of ten two-hour units and is taught by a team of two trained “Mentors” and a volunteer support person who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness.
  • Mentors are trained in an intensive three day training session and are 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; and survival skills for working with providers and the general public.

For more information, contact our office at 910.295.1053.