Education for Family and Caregivers


The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free 8-week course for family and caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses.

  • The course is taught by trained family members
  • All instruction and course materials are free to class participants
  • Over 300,000 family members have graduated from this national program

What does the course include?

  • Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services.
  • Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community
  • Focusing on care for the caregiver: coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload
  • Acquiring strategies for handling crises and relapse
  • Learning in special workshops for problem solving, listening, and communication techniques
  • Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness
  • Current research related to the biology of brain disorders and the evidence-based, most effective treatments to promote recovery
  • Up-to-date information about medications, side effects, and strategies for medication adherence
  • 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

Begins: Monday September 14 8, 2020 
Time: 6:30-9:00 p.m.

The above program requires registration!! For more information or request to be contacted when the next course becomes available, contact NAMI Greater Cleveland at 216-875-7776 or email

NAMI Basics

NAMI Basics is a 6-session education program for parents, caregivers and other family who provide care for youth (ages 22 and younger) who are experiencing mental health symptoms. This program is free to participants, 99% of whom say they would recommend the program to others. NAMI Basics is available both in person and online through NAMI Basics OnDemand.

The in-person course is taught by a trained team with lived experience raising a child with a mental health condition. They know what you’re going through because they’ve been there too.

The OnDemand program is also guided by parents and family members with lived experience but is self-paced and available 24/7. OnDemand offers the flexibility of participating in the course on your schedule. Both formats provide identical information, strategies and the opportunity to connect with other parents and caregivers.

Please click here to register for NAMI Basics.

Understanding Mental Illness

This is an educational course that helps the participant understand different diagnoses, how the illness impacts the family and how to access community resources. Each session builds on the previous one. This course is also offered in Spanish!

L.E.A.P. (Listen-Empathize-Agree-Partner)
For families/caregivers of persons with mental illness

Unawareness of illness is typically a symptom rather than a coping strategy. Dr. Amador advises to address mental health symptoms and other problem areas with a tool he calls L.E.A.P. His scientific studies have proven the effectiveness of this method. In this workshop you will learn more productive ways to communicate with your loved one. You can also learn more at:

If you would like us to contact you when future family/caregiver classes are scheduled, call the NAMI office at 216-875-7776 or email