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We offer educational classes for professionals who work directly with people experiencing severe and persistent mental illness.


What is NAMI Provider Education?

NAMI Provider Education Program is offered in a  five-session or four-hour introductory seminar, is a staff development program for health care professions who work directly with people affected by mental illness.  This unique program is led by an individual living well in recovery, a family member and a health care provider.  The presenters share their personal, intimate perspective on their treatment experience and offer you the tools needed to combine the medical and recovery models of care so the client can receive the best possible care.

The course helps providers realize the hardships that families and consumers face and appreciate the courage and persistence it takes to live with and recover from mental illness.

How is the Provider Education course unique?

The Provider Course emphasizes the involvement of consumers and family members as faculty in provider-staff training. The teaching team consists of five people:

  • Two family members trained as Family-to-Family Education Program teachers;
  • Two consumers who are knowledgeable about their own mental illness, have a supportive relationship with their families, and are dedicated to the process of recovery; and
  • A mental health professional who is also a family member or consumer.



Few teaching programs employ consumers in this kind of sustained training effort in which they are paid to participate on a teaching team as they present a 5-week course.

The course reflects a new knowledge base — the “lived experiences” of people coping with a mental illness or caring for someone who lives with a mental illness. Including this deeply personal perspective creates an appreciable difference in the program’s content. It adds a means of teaching the emotional aspects and practical consequences of these illnesses to the academic medical information in the course.

Course offered upon request.

Click here to see the flyer for the course.

Crisis Intervention Training

A mandatory program designed to help law enforcement deal with people with mental illness in our community. This is a collaborative effort with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services and NAMI San Mateo County.

For the next class, contact Deputy Sheriiff Michael Tabak,, or 650-259-2300