Family-to-Family Class Description

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Family-to-Family is a free 12 session educational course for family, significant others, and friends of people living with mental illness. The program is a Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) evidenced based educational course.

Family-to-Family Curriculum


To Listen to Hudson Valley Talk Radio Show with
Larry Hughes
“Putting a Face on Mental Illness”
which gives information on the “Family to Family”
Class and NAMI Support Group, play below.


Poughkeepsie Journal posted an article about the Family-to-Family Class.  Please read for more information about our class.

Click to read Article: “Classes Help Cope”


Original Article in Poughkeepsie Journal Page 1 “Classes Help Cope”

Original Article in Poughkeepsie Journal Page 2 “Classes Help Cope

  • 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?

  • Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, 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 the 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.

Many family members describe their experience in the program as empowering, hopeful and life-changing!