NAMI Signature Program Training Opportunities

NAMI Austin is committed to providing no-cost programming as it strives to serve more families and individuals affected by mental illness. As the awareness of our free programs grows, so does the need for additional trained teachers, facilitators and presenters. NAMI Signature training is based on a national model which is structured, organized and led by state-level trainers. The training is free, and all materials are provided.

Please make note that individuals participating in a NAMI Signature Program training must:

  • Be NAMI Austin member (or be willing to become a member).
  • Have “lived experience” either as an individual or the family member of an individual with a mental illness.
  • Meet all other NAMI qualifying criteria.
  • Commit to abiding by NAMI policies and procedures.
  • Must make every attempt to fulfill their volunteer commitment as outlined in the training application.
  • Understand that participation in training does not guarantee certification. NAMI state-level trainers determine if an individual has met all criteria.

Family Support Group Facilitator Training
Saturday, June 3 – Sunday, June 4, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Austin State Hospital Campus, Nifty Fifty Diner/Canteen
4110 Guadalupe St. Austin, TX
REGISTRATION is required!

You must APPLY for this training by May 19, 2017
All materials, meals and beverages are free. Applicants are required to submit an application [see PDF] and participate in a phone interview with a Family Support Group state trainer to confirm applicant meets required criteria to teach.
  • You are a family member or caregiver of someone who lives with mental illness.
  • You can commit to facilitating a support group for one year.
  • You are or a willing to become a NAMI member.
  • You like to co-facilitate a group (each group has two).
  • You have a welcoming personality and are interested in sharing information with families as they face the challenges of living with mental illness.

For more information about the Family to Family training, contact Kathy Bentz, Program Coordinator, at kathy[dot]bentz[at]namiaustin[dot]org or 512-420-9810 x1005.


NAMI Connection Training
Saturday, June 10 – Sunday, June 11, 2017
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Austin State Hospital Campus, Nifty Fifty Diner/Canteen
4110 Guadalupe St. Austin, TX
REGISTRATION is required!

You must APPLY for this training by June 2, 2017
All materials, meals and beverages are free. Applicants are required to submit an application [see PDF] and participate in a phone interview with a NAMI Connection state trainer to confirm applicant meets required criteria to teach.
  • You are an adult living with mental illness.
  • You can commit to facilitating a support group for one year.
  • You are or a willing to become a NAMI member.
  • You like to co-facilitate a group (each group has two).
  • You have a welcoming personality and are interested in sharing information with others as they face the challenges of living with mental illness.

For more information about the Family to Family training, contact Kathy Bentz, Program Coordinator, at kathy[dot]bentz[at]namiaustin[dot]org or 512-420-9810 x1005.


Family to Family Teacher Training
Friday – Sunday July 14-16, 2017
Austin State Hospital Campus, Nifty Fifty Diner/Canteen
4110 Guadalupe St. Austin, TX
REGISTRATION is required!

You must APPLY for this training by July 7, 2017
All materials, meals and beverages are free. Applicants are required to submit an application [see PDF] and participate in a phone interview with a NAMI Family to Family state trainer to confirm applicant meets required criteria to teach.

You could be a great Family to Family teacher if:

  • You are a family member or caregiver of someone who lives with a mental illness.
  • You can commit to teaching two classes in the next two years.
  • You are or a willing to become a NAMI member.
  • You like to teach as a team (all classes are taught by two trained teachers).
  • You have a welcoming personality and are interested in sharing information with families as they face the challenges of living with mental illness.

For more information about the Family to Family training, contact Kathy Bentz, Program Coordinator, at kathy[dot]bentz[at]namiaustin[dot]org or 512-420-9810 x1005.


Peer to Peer Mentor Training
Friday – Sunday August 4-6, 2017, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Austin State Hospital Campus, Nifty Fifty Diner/Canteen
4110 Guadalupe St. Austin, TX
REGISTRATION is required!

You must APPLY for this training by July 28, 2017
All materials, meals and beverages are free. Applicants are required to submit an application [see PDF] and participate in a phone interview with a NAMI Peer-to-Peer state trainer to confirm applicant meets required criteria to teach.
  • You are someone who lives with a mental illness.
  • You can commit to teaching two 10 session classes in the next two years.
  • You are or a willing to become a NAMI member.
  • You like to teach as a team (all classes are taught by two trained mentors).
  • You have a welcoming personality and are interested in sharing information with others as they face the challenges of living with mental illness.
  • You would like to provide an educational setting focused on recovery that offers respect, understanding, encouragement and hope

For more information about the Family to Family training, contact Kathy Bentz, Program Coordinator, at kathy[dot]bentz[at]namiaustin[dot]org or 512-420-9810 x1005.


Family Support Group Facilitator Training
Saturday, August 5 – Sunday, August 6, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Austin State Hospital Campus
4110 Guadalupe St. Austin, TX
REGISTRATION is required!

You must APPLY for this training by July 21, 2017
All materials, meals and beverages are free. Applicants are required to submit an application [see PDF] and participate in a phone interview with a Family Support Group state trainer to confirm applicant meets required criteria to teach.
  • You are a family member or caregiver of someone who lives with mental illness.
  • You can commit to facilitating a support group for one year.
  • You are or a willing to become a NAMI member.
  • You like to co-facilitate a group (each group has two).
  • You have a welcoming personality and are interested in sharing information with families as they face the challenges of living with mental illness.

For more information about the Family to Family training, contact Kathy Bentz, Program Coordinator, at kathy[dot]bentz[at]namiaustin[dot]org or 512-420-9810 x1005.


NAMI Basics Training
Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22, 2017
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00p.m./ Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Austin State Hospital Campus, Nifty Fifty Diner/Canteen
4110 Guadalupe St. Austin, TX
REGISTRATION is required!

You must APPLY for this training by October 6, 2017
All materials, meals and beverages are free. Applicants are required to submit an application [see PDF and DOC forms] and participate in a phone interview with a NAMI Basics state trainer to confirm applicant meets required criteria to teach.

You could be a great BASICS teacher if:

  • You are a parent or primary caregiver of a child or teen who exhibited symptoms of a mental illness prior to age 13.
  • You can commit to teaching 2 classes in the next 2 years.
  • You are or a willing to become a NAMI member.
  • You like to teach as a team (all classes are taught by 2 trained teachers).
  • You have a welcoming personality and are interested in sharing information with families as they face the challenges of living with mental illness.

For more information about Basics training, contact Jessica Miller, Program Director at jessica[dot]miller@namiaustin [dot] org or  512-420-9810 ext. 1003.