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NAMI Basics is a free, 6-week education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens who are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or whom have already been diagnosed.  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 generally consists of six classes, each lasting for 2 ½ hours. 


Arnold (NAMI St. Louis Course) Register here
Start Date
Friday, August 24, 2018
End Date
Friday, September 28, 2018
Number of sessions:
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Comtrea, 21 Municipal Drive, Arnold, MO 63010
Notes: This free, 6-session course will run for six consecutive Fridays. Registration link redirects you to NAMI St. Louis affiliate website

St. Charles (NAMI St. Louis course) Registration closed
Start Date: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
End Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: St. Charles Engineering & Surveying, Inc., 801 S. Fifth Street, St. Charles, MO 63301
Note: Registration link redirects you to NAMI St. Louis affiliate website

Past Courses

Jefferson City – Registration closed
Start Date: Sunday, March 4, 2018
End Date: Sunday, March 18, 2018
Number of  sessions: 3
Time: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location:  NAMI Missouri Office, 3405 W Truman Blvd, #102, Jefferson City, Mo 65109
Notes: This free, 3-session course will run for three consecutive Sundays from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Joplin – Registration closed 
Start Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018
End Date: Saturday, March 17 , 2018
Number of  sessions: 2
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location:  NAMI Joplin Office, 1601 S. Wall St., Joplin, Mo 64804
Notes: This free, 2-session course will run for two consecutive Saturdays from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. 

Teacher Training (advanced)

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NAMI Basics Teacher Training


Start date/ time: Friday, June 1 at 3:00 p.m.
End date/ time Time: Sunday, June 3 at 12:00 pm
Location: NAMI Missouri Office, 3405 W. Truman Blvd. #102, Jefferson City, MO 65109
Application Deadline: May 5, 2018

To apply: Complete the NAMI Missouri NAMI Basics Teacher Training Application.

About the Training: This training is for parents and caregivers of youth who have experienced mental illness. Most of our teachers first take the NAMI Basics course and then take the teacher training to become certified to teach it. The training is provided at no cost with expenses paid primarily through a contract with the Missouri Department of Mental Health. For more information about this training, see this letter to accepted applicants.

About the NAMI Basics course: NAMI Basics is a free educational program for parents and caregivers of youth with mental illness. It is usually taught in six weekly sessions lasting 2.5 hours each. Additional information is available on the NAMI Missouri NAMI Basics program page or the National NAMI Basics program page.

Questions? Contact Sonya Baumgartner, Director of Family education, at

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Learn the fundamentals of caring for you and your child with mental illness

NAMI BASICS is an education program for parents and other care givers of children/adolescents living with mental illness. The course covers:

    • Recognition of mental illness as a continuing traumatic event for the child and the family
    • Sensitivity to the subjective emotional issues faced by family caregivers and well children in the family
    • Recognition of the need to help reduce the day-to-day objective burdens of care and management
    • Gaining confidence and stamina for what can be a life-long role of family understanding and support
    • Empowerment of caregivers as effective advocates for their children

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