All Scheduled Classes

NAMI Minnesota Offers

Free Zoom Classes For the General Public

List of all currently scheduled classes (In Alphabetical Order):

Creating Caring Communities
Learn about mental illnesses, the impact of negative attitudes and five things each of us can do to make Minnesota a better place for people who experience a mental illness. This one-hour class is for any community or organization interested in learning about mental illnesses and helping to change attitudes towards mental illnesses.
Tuesday, March 9, 11:00-12:00 PM
Registration Link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJArdO-opzIsEtFhBW7eg51ADaYFPXdVIXTH

Friday, March 26, 12:00-1:00 PM
Registration Link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwocuGtqTItHtyKFM7MhgNo5HvOrRhYLL4h

Family-to-Family Eight-Week Course
Learn about mental illnesses, the brain, treatment, and resources to help a loved one living with a mental illness. Participants will also build communication skills, reduce stress, find support and discover the common Stages of Emotional Responses when supporting someone with a mental illness. This workshop meets once a week for 8 weeks and is for family and friends of an adult living with a mental illness. This online class uses the Zoom format. You will need a computer or tablet with a camera and high speed internet to attend. Download Zoom to your device (free).Wednesdays, April 7 – May 26, from 6:30-9:00 PM
Individuals interested in attending this class will need to have a short interview with the class instructor. You will then receive a link to join. Contact Cathy at cjaehn@comcast.net or 253-691-9401.

Good Mental Health in the Workplace: Five Things You Can Do
Learn the five things you can do to create a workplace that values good mental health. Participants will learn how to promote good mental health (including dealing with stress), the common symptoms of a mental illness, how attitudes and language impact people with mental illnesses, and accommodations for a mental illness. This class is for employees, supervisors, organizational leaders, owners, board members and human resource professionals.
Wednesday, March 10, 11:00-12:00 PM 
Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZErfu-tqjMoG9FNwJaRCsjT17q1cW41_zwm

Thursday, April 8, 1:00-2:00 PM
Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIocO6pqTMpHNNPP96BOUMw4DGVKXqjErKK

Hope for Recovery 1
In this 3.5 hour class you will obtain information on the following mental illnesses: schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, and co- occurring disorders. Learn information on treatments, crisis management, suicide prevention, the mental health system, and local resources along with practical strategies for helping a loved one or friend. This includes learning the LEAP strategy or Boundary Setting to improve communication. This workshop is for family and friends of a teen or adult living with a mental illness and not for professional development or observation.
Saturday, March 20, 9:00-12:30 PM
Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUldO6ppzooHtV9wbzQHZ6rzxAhfBW25m0_

Hope for Recovery 2
In this 3.5 hour class you will obtain information on the following mental illnesses: bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, anxiety, and co-occurring disorders. Learn information on treatments, crisis management, suicide prevention, the mental health system, and local resources along with practical strategies for helping a loved one or friend. This includes learning the LEAP strategy or Boundary Setting to improve communication. This workshop is for family and friends of a teen or adult living with a mental illness and not for professional development or observation.
Wednesday, March 24, 6:00-9:30 PM
Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtc-qorzgoEtPDRZ7kFTbkInHvTyT5aABg

The Intersection of Race, Discrimination, and Trauma
Join NAMI Minnesota in partnership with Black Truce for “The Intersection of Race, Discrimination, and Trauma.” This class focuses on Black trauma due to experiences of racism, discrimination, and negative police interactions, and the effect these experiences have on the health and mental health of African Americans. Healing is addressed through focus on mental wellness for African Americans, and covers mental health, mental illness, the mental health system, and provides participants with information on mental health assessments, what they are, who can and cannot do an assessment, and other important information to address the most common barriers that prevent African Americans from help seeking. This is a two-hour class that allows for open participant discussion.
Tuesday, March 30, 6:00-8:00 PM
Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEuc-6upj4rE914A1r6N2Pgm-H_jsFpPm2R

In Our Own Voice
Understand the journey of people with mental illness in recovery. In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is a unique public education program in which two trained speakers share compelling personal stories about living with a mental illness and achieving recovery, demonstrating that there is hope for recovery for people with mental illnesses. The presentation includes personal stories and video clips, as well as offering an opportunity to ask questions. The IOOV program has touched many lives and is effective in reducing the stigma surrounding mental illnesses. This class is open to the public.
Wednesday, March 3, 12:00-1:00 PM
Registration Link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcucuihqj0tE9A0S6a8JQB39YtQBcxkvo_E

Friday, March 5, 3:00-4:00 PM
Registration Link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEscuGprDMpH9O8Zuz-2jy0G9U9pqYZzo-C

Monday, March 8, 1:00-2:00 PM
Registration Link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEoduiqpzgoGtS5-96Be-9EIb0wDNCiaz3_

Tuesday, March 16, 4:00-5:00 PM
Registration Link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMkcuuprD0pHtzJww627qjhsGDyNf3-Pg7g

Monday, March 29, 3:00-4:00 PM
Registration Link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAkf-ipqzsuHtIigauwZBtKksT9R-5DsrL-

Just Call: What to Do If You are Worried About Your Kid’s Behavior
The last year has been “something” for families. Parents and kids have been called to manage in close quarters and without outlet. And now we face yet another transition as our kids go back into the classroom. While many are eager to get back to their friends, going back to school will again require parents and kids to adjust. And kids may struggle. In this session, presenters will 1) help you identify how to recognize when kids’ behavior is something to worry about; 2) tell you where to find resources that can be of help; and 3) encourage you to call, earlier rather than later, for help.
Monday, March 8, 12:00-12:30 PM 
Registration Link: https://fs17.formsite.com/macmh/xyanklco2c/index.html
Note: Registration is being conducted through MACMH’s webpage.

Minding Your Mental Health in COVID-19
Understand how and why COVID-19 has impacted people’s mental health, how some communities have been disproportionately impacted, and steps the general public can take to promote good mental health: Recognize the impact of COVID-19 on everyone’s mental health; Understand the impact of COVID-19 on diverse communities; Learn the steps that can be taken to promote good mental health; and Know the warning signs of poor mental health and suicide and what to do.
Thursday, March 25, 12:00-1:00 PM
Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUscO2urz0rHdwH5Q1kK6oBdlSMlD3TNeqo

NAMI Ramsey Book Club
Discuss books with a mental illness theme. Learn through compassionate conversation! View the book list at namiramseycounty.org/bookclub.
Third Thursdays of the Month
Starting Thursday, March 18, 7:00-8:00 PM
Registration Link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrdeGuqTIoH93qIzPdr4S7VB5tWtQtlnOM

Panel Discussion on the Impact of the Pandemic on Students’ Mental Health
A panel of professionals will discuss students impacted by the pandemic returning to in-person learning in the weeks and months ahead. It’s important for educators and parents to reflect on the impact of the pandemic, George Floyd’s murder, and ongoing racism on children and youth, to recognize the behaviors or symptoms teachers may see in the classroom, and to learn strategies to help children so that they can cope and learn. Self-care tips will also be shared for teachers and caregivers.

Jesús Calvillo, MS, LPCC – Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES), Anne Gearity, PhD, LICSW – U of MN Medical School, Jessica Gourneau, PhD – American Indian Family Center & Brandon Jones, MA – NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center
Tuesday, March 2, 4:00 – 5:30 PM CST
Registration Link:
https://macmh.org/event-page/2021-back-to-in-person-learning-panel/

Unable to join us live? Stay tuned for a recording of the webinar to be posted on the Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health website. If you plan to watch the recording, you do not need to register. Certificates of Attendance: Those who join us live will receive a Certificate of Attendance via email by the week of March 8.

Panel Presentation for Women’s History Month: Trailblazing Women Psychiatrists in Minnesota
Join NAMI Minnesota as we honor Women’s History Month by celebrating the work of trailblazing women psychiatrists from Minnesota. NAMI Minnesota Board President Dr. Carrie Borchardt will moderate a panel presentation featuring Dr. Dionne Hart and Dr. Judith Kashtan as they talk about their work in the field of psychiatry. Women’s History Month is dedicated to celebrating the often-overlooked contributions of women in the United States. This panel will highlight the contributions of two Minnesotan women who are leaders in the field of psychiatry.
Wednesday, March 24, 1:00-2:00 PM
Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0tdeGgrDosGtBY24HNH_311mOJanJ_L0tx

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)
Learn the three steps anyone can take to help prevent suicide. Just like CPR, QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. QPR is the most widely taught gatekeeper training program in the United States, and more than one million adults have been trained in classroom settings in 48 states. This 1.5 hour class is for the general public, ages 16 and older, who want to learn best practices in suicide prevention. A certificate of attendance is available for this class and will be sent after you fill out the evaluation and email the instructor.
Tuesday, March 9, 11:30-1:00 PM 
Registration Link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEtcumqrTouGtB_UIZY3ubEyRw5FEVPDp0Z

Tuesday, March 16, 11:00-12:30 PM 
Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrc-mpqT0oG9zPyIkEJd3DqLdOHKnHcW-z

Wednesday, March 24, 3:00-4:30 PM
Registration Link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJckf-2grTgiHtMzksKBcE-mAgf-wEOLrLpl

Tuesday, March 30, 10:00-11:30 AM 
Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZckcuuurT4qG9yKrR-L-cWGJx7zSWkNb0kj

Wednesday, April 14, 1:00-2:30 PM
Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUocemrrDsuEtwL8wOENMRy2adr0QXrpJWd

Tuesday, April 27, 10:00-11:30 AM
Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvfu-gqDwoEtwdPKGBdv_oA5VzbagnrbXO

QPR for Agricultural Communities
Learn the three steps anyone can take to help prevent suicide. Just like CPR, QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. QPR is the most widely taught gatekeeper training program in the United States, and more than one million adults have been trained in classroom settings in 48 states. This 1.5 hour class is for members of rural and agricultural communities over the age of 16 who want to learn best practices in suicide prevention. A certificate of attendance is available for this class and will be sent after you fill out the evaluation.
Wednesday, March 17, 1:00-2:30 PM
Registration Link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMqdOuvrD8sEtPVPB7vtpCzFqweEr6kaMLe

Wednesday, April 21, 1:00-2:30 PM
Registration Link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMqdOuvrD8sEtPVPB7vtpCzFqweEr6kaMLe

Wednesday, May 19, 1:00-2:30 PM
Registration Link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0ucuGgrTojH9Dlmh8kYn21sCkaIcugJC_5

Wednesday, June 16, 1:00-2:30 PM
Registration Link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwqdOuhqj4vGNOd9phYJGpOlLauzFawrPEu

Substance Use Forum
The pandemic has greatly impacted Minnesotans. As a result, we have seen an increase in substance abuse, particularly alcohol and opioids. Hear from experts about what is happening in the community, the impact of fatal overdoses, treatment options and what you as a family member, professional or community member can do.
Thursday, May 6, 11:00-12:00 PM 
Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkfuGtpz0qHtPWE11cH1fg5X3vyz1Go5ZD

Transitions
Learn how to help your teen or young adult access resources to succeed in school, employment and independent living. Understand the rights young adults gain when they reach 18 and how to help guide them if they are not ready to total independence. This is a 1.5 hour class and is for parents or caregivers of youth or young adults.
Monday, March 1, 6:00-7:30 PM
Registration Link:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJItduiurTopGNbV8XlVftvwYLqE-TaXMNvt

Wednesday, May 5, 6:00-7:30 PM
Registration Link:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcpcOqrrz4sEtbM8wQaSQ3If-HYePMSf3n6

Understanding Early Episode Psychosis for Families
Learn about the signs and symptoms of psychosis, causes, treatment options and why early intervention is so important. Participants will learn how to advocate for and help a young person get back to work or school and achieve recovery. This is a two-hour class and is for parents or caregivers of youth or young adults. A certificate of attendance is available for this class and will be sent after you fill out the evaluation.
Wednesday, March 31, 6:00-8:00 PM
Registration Link:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcqc-ygqz8uGNIhYzVqWGmVSUu3tcqMtlYr

What Parents Need to Know About Youth Self-Injury
Parents and families are invited to join NAMI Minnesota for a special event on March 1st in honor of National Self Injury Awareness Day. This event will feature a panel of experts from the University of Minnesota who will help parents understand self-injury, learn the signs that a youth may be engaging in self harm, determine when to seek professional help, explore options for treatment, and gain daily strategies for helping a struggling youth. This event will include a 45 minute panel presentation with time for questions from the audience at the end. The panelists will include: Kathryn R. Cullen, M.D., Dr. Merav Silverman, and Kristina Reigstad, Psy.D. A certificate of attendance is available for this event and will be sent after you fill out the evaluation.
Monday, March 1, 12:00-1:00 PM
Registration Link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUpdO-urTMjE9I41YApxCJjovaezXHy151N

Classes for Professionals

CALM (COUNSELING ON ACCESS TO LETHAL MEANS)
Reducing access to lethal means, such as firearms and medication, can determine whether a person at risk for suicide lives or dies. This free online course focuses on how to reduce access to the methods people use to kill themselves. It covers how to: (1) identify people who could benefit from lethal means counseling, (2) ask about their access to lethal methods, and (3) work with them—and their families—to reduce access.

(This course is primarily designed for mental health professionals such as social service professionals and health care providers: case manager, nurse, ARHMS, social worker, CTSS, RN, LPN, MD, and licensed therapist. You will be expected to role-play coaching others on Reducing Access to Lethal Means.)

Thursday, February 18, 12:30-4:00 P.M
Registration Link:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrf-iprTspGtf2MMDRrGdtXMOXn4Kpj8-d

Healthcare for Heroes – Self-Care Training for Senior Workers
NAMI Minnesota salutes senior workers who are the daily caregivers for older adults living in care centers, assisted living, their own home and adult foster care settings. COVID-19 has tested your limits and we admire your hard work, compassion, skill and kindness which has come with great personal sacrifice. We offer this short training on self-care for senior workers to help you develop personal strategies for the coming months to help you manage stress as you continue to offer help, hope and healing to those in your care.

Smoking Cessation Strategies for Mental Health Providers: Addressing Smoking Stigma, Encouraging Change
Tobacco is the leading cause of disease, disability and death in the United States. Addressing tobacco use can greatly improve the quality and length of life for individuals living with a mental illness. This interactive online training will provide education about nicotine addiction, special considerations for individuals living with a mental illness, and motivational interviewing techniques, along with other skills to help professionals addressing smoking cessation as part of a wellness plan. Provides 3 CEUs upon completion. Click here to access the training. For more information, resources or support on smoking cessation email wellness@namimn.org.

Understanding Early Episode Psychosis for Professionals
Learn about causes and symptoms of psychosis, effective communication strategies, barriers to treatment, the NAVIGATE model of recovery, and other treatment options. This class is designed for individuals working with teens and young adults such as social workers, school faculty, and youth workers. This class has been approved by the Board of Social Work to provide 2 CEU’s upon completion. A certificate of attendance is available for this class and will be sent after you fill out the evaluation.
Wednesday, April 7, 6:00-8:00 PM 
Registration Link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0oceytqTktGdFQwVpG5LZtO7l34qkOdkF7

Wednesday, May 26, 6:00-8:00 PM
Registration Link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMtduCsqDgjGdfc7hSp23AbSouYOiI0aA74

Women’s History Month Panel
Join NAMI Minnesota as we honor Women’s History Month by celebrating the work of trailblazing women physiatrists from Minnesota. NAMI Minnesota Board President Dr. Carrie Borchardt will moderate a panel presentation featuring Dr. Dionne Hart and Dr. Judith Kashtan as they talk about their work in the field of psychiatry. Women’s History Month is dedicated to celebrating the often-overlooked contributions of women in the United States. This panel will highlight the contributions of two Minnesotan women who are leaders in the field of psychiatry.
Wednesday, March 24, 1:00-2:00 PM
Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0tdeGgrDosGtBY24HNH_311mOJanJ_L0tx

NAMI Minnesota Class Videos
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