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Peer to PeerPeer to Peer is a FREE educational course for any Adults (18 and older) living with mental illness who is interested in establishing and/or maintaining their wellness and recovery. Each session is two hours in length and continues for ten complete sessions. The course uses a combination of lecture, interactive exercise and structured group processes, and the diversity of experience among the course participants affords for a lively dynamic that moves the course along. The course is guided by two trained “mentors” and a “resource” volunteer who are themselves experienced at living well with mental illness.

A friendly reminder that the course does close off to new participants after the second session.

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Would you

  • Like to learn more about your mental illness?
  • Benefit by being around others that know what it’s like living with mental illness?
  • Be interested in developing a Relapse Prevention Plan?

What is taught exactly?

  • Session 1:
    Welcome, Introductions, Course Orientation, Questions and Answers

  • Session 2:
    Icebreaker, Group Ground Rules, Discussion on Course Values, Mental Illnesses as Traumatic Experiences, Consumer Stages of Recovery, Stigma, Culture,  Mindfulness

  • Session 3:
    “It’s not my fault”-Mental Illnesses as No-Blame Disorders, Brain Biology and Research, The Challenges and Benefits of Medication, Relapse Prevention, Creative Visualization, Mindfulness

  • Session 4:
    Storytelling-Sharing of Personal Experiences, Mindfulness

  • Session 5:
    Information and Discussion About: Schizophrenia, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Relapse Prevention Continued, Accounts of Wisdom and Strength, Mindfulness

  • Session 6:
    Information and Discussions About: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Dual Diagnosis, Relapse Prevention Continued, Substance Abuse and Addiction, The Role of Acceptance in Recovery, Mindfulness
  • Session 7:
    Understanding Emotions, Complete Relapse Prevention, Focusing on Experiences of Joy, Spirituality, Physical Health, and Mental Health, Mindfulness

  • Session 8:
    Suicide and Prevention, Coming out of Isolation, Mental Illness and Disclosure, Take-Home Tool for Making Difficult Choices, Surviving a Hospital Stay, Advance Directive for Mental Healthcare Decision Making, Mindfulness

  • Session 9:
    Guest Speaker, Hot Buttons and Triggers, Working with Providers, Advance Directive Continued, Incarceration-Survival and Preparedness

  • Session 10:
    Another Look at Consumer Stages of Recovery, Empowerment, Advocacy, Opportunities for Involvement in NAMI, Mindfulness, Evaluations, Celebration

  • Remember, seating is limited.

How Do I Register?

If you found a class that works for your schedule:

  • Click on the Peer-to-Peer Calendar icon.
  • Find the class you want to register for in the calendar and click on the class which will open a registration page.
  • Complete the registration information. You will be contacted prior to the start date of the class.

If you did not find a class that works for your schedule, we are frequently adding new classes, please click on the green Add me to the wait list button and complete the information page.


For more information, please call Annette, Family Programs Manager at (858) 634-6580 x114.

Please Note: We also offer this course in Spanish. También ofrecemos este curso en Españ