Free to participants. Peer-to-Peer Class Topic List

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  • Peer-to-Peer consists of ten two-hour units and is taught by a team of two trained “Mentors” who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness. The class is free to participants.

Peer-to-Peer Class Topic List


Week 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

Week 7

Understanding emotions

Complete relapse prevention
Focusing on experiences of joy
Physical health and mental health

Week 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

Week 9

Guest speaker

Hot buttons and triggers
Working with providers
Advance Directive continued
Incarceration- survival and preparedness

Week 10

Another look at consumer stages of recovery

Opportunities for involvement in NAMI
ach class contains a combination of lecture and interactive exercise material and closes with Mindfulness Practice (techniques offered to develop and expand awareness). Each class builds on the one before: attendance each week is strongly recommended.
Week 1/Orientation


Course orientation
Questions and answers

Week 2


Group ground rules
Discussion on course values
Mental illnesses as traumatic experiences
Consumer stages of recovery

Week 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

Week 4

Storytelling- sharing of personal experiences


Week 5

Information and discussion about:

• Schizophrenia
• Depression
• Bipolar Disorder
Schizoaffective Disorder
• Borderline Personality Disorder

Relapse prevention continued

Accounts of wisdom and strength
Peer to Peer class offered this summer

on Mondays, July 25 to October 3 (except

for Labor Day) – 1-3 PM at Lutheran Church

of Hope, 925 Jordan Creek Parkway, WDM -
To sign up, email NAMI at or call (515) 254-0417
Peer to Peer class for Veterans and Active Military – to be offered on Mondays, Sept. 12 to
Nov. 21- 5 to 7 PM -at the Vet Center, 1821 22nd St., Suite 115, West Des Moines.  No registration fee.  If interested in attending, work with Katina Mach 515-284-4929 or Colin Farley 515-778-0557. The Peer to Peer class is for adults with mental illness.  10 weeks long - 2.5 hours per class.

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