Friends for Mental Health – Trainings and Workshops

Friends for Mental Health –  Trainings and Workshops
Name of Organization – Program or Service: Friends for Mental Health – Trainings and Workshops
Program or Service Description: List of Trainings and Workshops (for training dates please consult the calendar on our website). Registration is mandatory for all workshops.

Schizophrenia: Road to Recovery ($30 for materials) – • Greater understanding in order to better respond and prevent! – • Being better equipped to better support

This 11 week psychoeducational program on schizophrenia is specially adapted for families and responds to their current needs. This program allows for families to develop their adaptive skills so they can cope with the disease and possible crises caused by the acute phases of the illness.

Workshop outline; 1. What is Schizophrenia – An Introduction; 2. Causes of Schizophrenia; 3. Dual Diagnosis; 4. Main Treatments of Schizophrenia; 5. Navigating the Mental Health System; 6. How Families are Affected; 7. Development of Skills & Attitudes (part 1) – Relationships /Communication; 8. Development of Skills & Attitudes (part 2) – Crisis Intervention; 9. Helping your Loved One – Warning Signs and Relapse; 10. Law & Finances; 11. Recovery & Advocacy

Bipolar Disorder: What Is It And How To Better Manage It ($30 for materials)

This 11 week psychoeducational program on Bipolar Disorder has been designed to help family members with a loved one suffering from Bipolar Disorder. Each class includes theory, exercises and participation.

Workshop Outline; 1. What is Bipolar Disorder? An Introduction; 2. Causes of Bipolar Disorder?; 3. Dual diagnosis; 4. Main Treatments of Bipolar Disorder; 5. Navigating the Mental Health System; 6. How Families are Affected; 7. Development of Skills & Attitudes (part 1) – Relationships/Communication; 8. Development of Skills & Attitudes (part 1) – Crisis Intervention; 9. Warning Signs & Relapse; 10. Law & Finances; 11. Recovery/Advocacy

Borderline Personality Disorder Training ($30 for materials)

This 10 week psychoeducational program was designed by Hélène Busque, psychologist and author. It aims to inform loved ones about the manifestations and particular issues of Borderline Personality Disorder, as well as equip participants with better tools to implement changes that will improve their quality of life.

Workshop Outline; The Starting Point – Introduction; Understanding the Origin and Intensity of BPD; The Relational Dynamic (Parts I and II); The Relational Dynamic (Part III); Understanding Self-Destructive Behaviors; To Change or Not To Change; The Dynamics of Adaptive Helping; Knowing Yourself to Better Adapt and Adjust; The First Steps Towards Change; Review and Support

NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program (Free)

The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a 12 week course for persons who have family members who are suffering from mental illness. The course is conducted by volunteers (people who also have family members suffering from mental illness) who have been trained to present the curriculum. It’s designed for the family members of people who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar illness, (manic depression), borderline personality disorder (BPD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) or who exhibit behaviors that strongly suggest one of these diagnoses. The course is not appropriate for individuals who are themselves suffering from one of these mental illnesses.

Course Topics include: • Our emotional responses to the trauma of mental illness; • Symptoms and diagnosis of common mental illnesses: Schizophrenia, Depression, Bipolar Illness (Manic Depression), Borderline Personality Disorder, Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD); • The biology of the brain, and new research; • Coping skills; handling crisis and relapse; • Understanding what it’s like to have a mental illness; • Listening and communication techniques.
• Problem solving and limit setting; rehabilitation; • Self-care; recognizing the normal emotional reactions to chronic worry and stress caused by mental illness; • Medications used to treat mental illness, and their side effects; • Connecting with appropriate community services and community supports; • Advocacy: Getting better services, fighting discrimination.

Mindfulness Workshop (cost : $10) – This new workshop offers techniques to reduce stress and anxiety based on a mindfulness approach which allows participant to connect with the present moment. During this 6 week process, caregivers will learn how to eliminate stress, work with their fears and accept what they cannot change.

Suicide Prevention: Nourish The Part That Wants To Live (cost : $10) – Have you had to intervene in a loved one’s suicidal crisis? Or fear that one day you may have to? This workshop on suicide prevention will help you to understand suicidal and self harming tendencies and give you concrete tools to intervene appropriately when necessary.

Workshop Outline – Understanding suicidal tendencies; Intervention

Motivational Strategies Towards Treatment (cost : $10) – This 6-session workshop to help family members learn new sets of communication and problem-solving skills that are geared to improving their loved one’s adherence to medical treatment. Using a mix of education and experiential learning, family members will be guided how to use each of these effective techniques.

Workshop outline; Overview; Listening; Empathy and agreement; Partnership

Learning To Get Closer Without Aggressiveness (cost : $10) – Inspired by the OMEGA training – which was created for the security for workers facing with violence of their customers – but adapted for caregivers, this 5 / 6 weeks program will allows families to be closer to their loved one with a mental illness, but without violence. The training, developed in the context of a research project of the Centre de recherche Fernand-Séguin de l’Hôpital Louis-H. Lafontaine, aims to enable participants to: Identify verbal aggression; Keep an emotional distance; Ensure the safety of the family and the ill person; Use the tools presented to decrease violence; No physical control techniques will be covered in this training

Preserving Your Mental Health as a Caregiver: Lessening the burden (cost : $10) –
This 6-week workshop aims to improve and develop ways to address the challenges surrounding the role of caregiver.

Workshop outline; Depression: Signs, Symptoms and Treatments – Part 1; Depression: Signs, Symptoms and Treatments – Part 2; Role and challenges of the caregiver; Self-Care: A Portrait of Resilience – Part 1; Self-Care: A Portrait of Resilience – Part 2; Self-care plan

Anxiety workshop (cost : $10) – This 6 week psychoeducational presents the main anxiety disorders, their origins and development as well as possible therapeutic approaches. It also offers tools to live with a person facing anxiety.

Workshop outline; Are these meetings for me?; This reminds me of someone…; How can one be so afraid?; This story sounds like ours…; Possible recovery; Self-care
Age group: 18-34 (young adult), 35-64 (adult), 65+(senior)
Eligibility requirements: Must be a member.

Membership fee plus cost of materials (varies depending on the course, between $10 and $30)

Individual (regular) : $30
Youth (age 14-25) : $10
Friends and Family (2 individuals or more) : $40
Territory Served: Baie d’Urfé, Beaconsfield, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Dorval, Île Bizard/ Ste. Geneviève, Kirkland, Pierrefonds/ Roxboro, Pointe-Claire, Senneville, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue
Languages: English, French
Address: 186 Place Sutton, suite 121, Beaconsfield, Québec H9W 5S3
Phone: (514) 636-6885
Funding Source: CIUSSS / Centraide / West Island Community Shares
Volunteering Opportunities: Yes
Organization’s Mission: Offer support and other resources to the relatives and friends of a person with a mental health disorder.