Welcome to NAMI Indiana, our State Organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. We are a grassroots public charity helping people living with serious mental illnesses, their families and friends. We support local NAMI Affiliates, train volunteer leaders, provide continuing education for professionals, and partner for systems change at the state level. Please explore to learn more about our mission and impact.
NAMI Indiana is offering a paid, one-week training course for parents or guardians who want to work in the child mental health services system of care. Trainees will learn the skills needed to provide support to families with a child who is living with mental health challenges or serious emotional disturbances.
The candidate must have two years experience parenting or caring for a child with complex mental health and/or substance use disorders within the past eight years. This experience of navigating the necessary mental health and child-care systems will make them the ideal peer support provider.
The Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction is in the process of helping to create jobs for the Parent Support Provider.
NAMI Indiana will provide training and financial compensation this spring for 25 people from around the state to attend a training and help accomplish the first major step in earning a new certification to work in this field. Through a newly designed certification, known as the Indiana Certified Parent Support Provider (IN CPSP), a person will learn to help families navigate the many aspects of caring for a child with unique needs. These needs can include identifying community resources, crisis planning, medical record keeping, goal setting, and much more.
Along with the IN CPSP training, the CPSP will use his/her personal experiences to help and support other families who are caring for a child with mental health needs.
To become a Certified Parent Support Provider, a candidate must first fill out an application, move through the screening process, and complete the 40-hour training course, which includes an $800 stipend to be paid after completing the post-course exam and course evaluation. This initial training will cover topics including:
This training will give a candidate many of the necessary knowledge qualifications for potential positions that providers are considering for the future. NAMI Indiana is working closely with the State of Indiana to prepare this new workforce and to get feedback about the value of this training.
Benefits of CPSP training include:
Here is a sample job description that will be typical of the kinds of jobs that will be created.
NAMI Indiana is hosting five training courses with the locations TBA:
Each course will be limited to five participants who will gain their certification at the end of the 40-hour specialized training. Interested candidates should call Joanne Abbot at 800-677-6442 and/or download the application below and send it to email@example.com.
Too often, individuals experiencing symptoms of mental illness become involved in the criminal justice system. Learn from experienced professionals in mental health and criminal justice about the latest initiatives to de-criminalize mental illness when we gather at the Indianapolis Marriott North on March 20, 2015. Hear lived experience from people in recovery. Network with judges, prosecutors, people who work in law enforcement, corrections, community corrections, probation, parole, mental health, advocacy, and more. To learn more, view the agenda, see our presenters' bios, or register, visit our Summit page. We hope to see you there!
Our 2015 Meet & Greet will convene on Wednesday, January 21, 2015.
**The location has changed from the NORTH Atrium to the SOUTH Atrium.**
Youth Mental Health First Aid - February 10, 2015 - 8 am to 5 pm
Larue Carter Hospital, 2601 Cold Spring Road, Indianapolis, IN 46222
Cost - $50 includes book
Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8 hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.
WHO SHOULD TAKE THE COURSE?
The course is designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents (teachers, school staff, coaches, youth group leaders, parents, etc.), but is being tested for appropriateness within older adolescent groups (16 and older) so as to encourage youth peer to peer interaction. In January 2013, President Obama recommended training for teachers in Mental Health First Aid. The core Mental Health First Aid course has been successfully offered to more than 100,000 people across the USA, including hospital staff, employers and business leaders, faith communities, law enforcement, and the general public.
NAMI Indiana is offering two more Mental Health First Aid courses. MHFA is an education program for front-line professionals that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports.
We will offer the 8 hour course on Tuesday, October 21 and November 18, 2014. Read more about the program, if it's a good fit for your organization or career, and how you can register.
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