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NAMI Basics is a free 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 led 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. 

NAMI Basics now online! NAMI Basics is now available online through NAMI Basics OnDemand. The OnDemand program is also guided by parents and family members with lived experience but is self-paced and available 24/7. OnDemand offers the flexibility of participating in the course on your schedule. Both formats provide identical information, strategies and the opportunity to connect with other parents and caregivers. Click here to register for NAMI Basics On Demand

Missouri Foster Parent Training Credit

The NAMI Basics course meets requirements for Missouri Foster Parent Training Credit, but a request must be submitted to the Missouri Department of Social Services Children’s Division prior to taking the course for each person requesting training credits.

NAMI Basics Teacher Training

The 2020 NAMI Basics Teacher Training will be held online using Zoom Video Conferencing

Dates/ times: Friday, June 19 to Sunday, June 21
Application Deadline: June 1, 2020
To apply: Complete the online application form here

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. 

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. 

NAMI Basics Courses – 2020

Lee’s Summit Registration closed
When: Thurs., Feb. 6, 2020 – Thurs., March 12, 2020 2 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Location: First Presbyterian Church of Lee’s Summit, 1625 NW O’Brien Road, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081
Notes: Registration is required for this free 6-session course Download Flyer

Past NAMI Basics Courses are listed on the NAMI Basics Archived Course page.

You are on the NAMI Missouri Basics Program page. To visit the NAMI (National) Basics program page, click here.

Additional information is available on NAMI Missouri’s NAMI Basics password-protected teacher resource page

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