Our education groups are led by a team of professionals and family caregivers. They cover an explanation of the illness and its symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, services, and living arrangements. Time is devoted to developing strategies for coping with the emotional impact of mental illness on family life. Weekly sessions are offered in closed group settings and participants are expected to attend the full program (six to nine weeks). These sessions are open to family members, caregivers, and people with disorders.
The more you know about your loved one’s illness, the better for your relative, your family and yourself. Family members who understand a relative’s illness find that they gain a measure of control over their lives. In addition, sharing their concerns and experiences with others is an empowering experience with far-reaching, positive effects. Many studies suggest that the right sort of family intervention can delay and even prevent relapse in a relative with mental illness. Family intervention can improve the person’s functioning as well as the family’s well being.
Registration is required. Please call our office at 514-486-1448 for more information and to register for the session of your choice.
Education groups are free for AMI-Québec members. Non-members must become members and pay the equivalent of our annual membership fee, $25. Free admittance is extended to those on limited incomes.
Upcoming Education Programs:
Borderline Personality Disorder: Starts April 28, 2014 at 7 pm and runs for 9 weeks.
Open to caregivers only.
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) presents challenges for both the afflicted individuals and their caregivers. Understanding a person who suffers from BPD is likely to help caregivers as they interact with a relative and try to provide help effectively.
Reflecting on the personal situation of the participants, the program aims to develop the required knowledge and skills, and to encourage caregivers to take care of themselves.