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Support and Family Education (SAFE) Program

Support and Family Education (SAFE) Program

Start Date: Coming Fall 2021

Cost: FREE

Location: Online via telehealth

Mental illness and addiction affect the whole family unit.

It can be difficult not knowing how to support your loved one struggling with a mental health or substance use disorder. If family members and friends are not equipped with education, they develop unhealthy coping strategies as they try to manage a loved one’s diagnosis. This can lead to family dysfunction, strained relationships, and have adverse impacts on the loved one’s recovery.

Thus, it is important that families are knowledgeable about their loved one’s diagnosis and understand practices that can help maintain sobriety.

The Support and Family Education (SAFE) Program is now available to provide family members with:

  • Education on mental health and substance use disorders, exploring topics such as unhealthy behavior, building trust and handling relapse
  • Resources on mental illness and addiction treatment
  • Social support from other individuals experiencing  loved ones with mental health and/or substance use disorders
  • Communication and coping skills training

The program examines behaviors, beliefs, and feelings that negatively impact relationships and helps develop skills that are crucial in supporting recovery.  This program is not intended to provide family or individual therapy, but to teach about mental health and substance use disorders while providing skills and support.

Course details: Participants must be 18 years or older and have a loved one with a mental health and/or substance use disorder. The course will take place over 5 sessions of 1.5 hours each.

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    *Please note: the total number of family members that can join you is limited to 1

Program Overview and FAQ

What is the family psychoeducation program?

  • The Family Psychoeducation program is a series of classes designed to provide family members of individuals with mental health or substance use disorders with education and training that will help them better support their loved ones in recovery. The goal of the program is to increase family members’ knowledge of mental health and addiction and equip them with necessary coping and communication skills.

Who is able to attend the group sessions?

  • The sessions are open to adults ( 18+) who have a loved one experiencing a mental health and/or substance use disorder. A loved one can be anyone who has a relationship with someone with a mental health and/or substance use disorder.

How is psychoeducation different from psychotherapy?

  • Psychoeducation is an intervention that provides information to help better understand and support someone with a mental health or substance use disorder, while psychotherapy is an intervention that focuses on the treatment of the disorder. The family psychoeducation program does not provide psychotherapy.

How many members are in the group sessions?

  • The group sessions will have up to 10 members.

What are the benefits of family psychoeducation?

  • Increases understanding of mental health and substance use disorders and how to support loved one with these disorders
  • Improves family functioning
  • Provides a space to connect with others who are experiencing similar situations

Do you have to have a family member or loved one receiving services at MindPath to attend the sessions?

  • No, you do not have to have a loved one receiving services at MindPath.

How many family members can attend the sessions?

  • Up to 2 members per family can attend the sessions.

How long is the program?

  • The program runs for 5-6 weeks.

Are these sessions drop-in?

  • These are closed group sessions, where members begin and end the sessions at the same time.

Support and Family Education (SAFE) Program

Complete the form below to register or contact the group host.

    *Please note: the total number of family members that can join you is limited to 1

Tropical Storm Isaias is headed towards the Carolinas

Tropical Storm Isaias is headed towards the Carolinas. Please note that we plan to be open for appointments; however, be aware that power outages may be widespread which may impact telehealth and other appointments. We may not know until the last minute in all of our locations on Tuesday. Please be patient. We will waive missed appointment charges on Tuesday, August 4th in light of complications from the weather. If you and your provider are unable to connect, we will reach out to reschedule your appointment as soon as possible.