Peer 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.
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?
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