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nami basics

NAMI Basics is an education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses.  The NAMI Basics course is taught by trained teachers who are the parent or other caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13 years.

The course consists of six classes, each lasting for 2 ½ hours.   Classes may be offered weekly for six consecutive weeks, or may be offered twice per week for three weeks to accommodate hectic schedules. All instruction materials are FREE to participants.

Please contact the teacher listed to get details. Preregistration is required since space is limited. If you’re interested in taking a class, and none are available in your area, please contact Judi Maguire, Director of Children and Adolescent Programs at 617-580-8541 or jmaguire@namimass.org

Schedule of Classes
Town Dates Contact


 Cara 978- 760-2455 or cjvoutselas@gmail.com

 Dee 978-697-3441 or  deefebba@comcast.net







 Monica 857-342-2796 or mpomare28@gmail.com  

     Roy 858-342-2810 or rjlynch1957@gmail.com

Hyannis OCT
 Nantucket  OCT


NAMI Mass Family Newsletter September 2014

Improving Lives


NAMI Mass Wants You!

We are looking for parents whose children have been diagnosed with a mental illness to help other parents.

As a NAMI Basics teacher you will learn the skills to provide your class participants with the tools and information they need to navigate the ‘system’ and survive the ‘emotional rollercoaster’.

Your valuable lived experience as the parent of a child who has struggled with a mental health issue will help you engage with parents with whom you share a common bond.

You don’t need any formal teaching qualifications, but you do need to be able to communicate effectively and be at a point in your journey where you can comfortably share your experiences as a parent with a child experiencing symptoms of mental illness. By doing this you will provide hope and support to the parents in your class.

BASICS is taught over a period of six weeks for one night per week. Each class lasts 2.5 hours. You will need to commit to teaching for six weeks.


OUR NEXT FREE TEACHER TRAINING is on Saturday September 27th and Sunday September 28th at NAMI Massachusetts located at Schrafft’s Center, Suite 1M17, 529 Main Street, Boston 02129.

Breakfast lunch and snacks will be provided and there is plenty of free parking.

Interested? Please contact Judi Maguire, Director of Children and Adolescent Programs at (617) 580-8541 x 211 or jmaguire@namimass.org. Basics teachers need to have cared for their child with Mental Illness, and be prepared to share their experiences with others. You will need to fill out the NAMI Basics Teacher Application and be interviewed by one of the class instructors.


Prospective teachers must be parents or other primary caregivers of an individual who exhibited symptoms of a mental illness prior to age 13 (the formal diagnosis may have been made years later, but symptoms were present prior to age 13). There is no prerequisite that a prospective teacher has to have taken the NAMI Basics course.

All NAMI signature program leaders must be members of NAMI.

All NAMI signature program leaders must be at least 18 years of age.

Due to the investment of time and money to train volunteers, prospective NAMI signature program leaders are expected to teach a minimum of two course cycles for education programs.

Any NAMI signature program leader who also has the designation of being a mandated reporter is required to inform the participants in class of their status at the beginning of the class or at the start of each support group session.

Not all trainees are guaranteed certification; certification will be decided upon by the state trainers based on the trainee’s ability to demonstrate the skills required and to adhere to the program model.

NAMI Basics Teacher Training Weekend in Plymouth, March 2013.

NAMI Basics Teacher Training Weekend in Plymouth, March 2013.
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