NAMI Eastside Basics Volunteer Facilitator-help parents of youth impacted by mental illness


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


Various locationsRedmond, WA 98052


NAMI Eastside's Basics Volunteer Position
NAMI Basics is a signature educational program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. It focuses on the fundamentals of caring for the parent or caregiver, others in the family, and the child living with mental illness.
6-week course topics:

  • * Recognizing mental illness as a continuing traumatic event for the child and the family
  • * Facing the emotional issues and objective burdens faced by family caregivers and others in the family
  • * Gaining confidence and stamina to foster family understanding and support
  • * Empowering family caregivers as effective advocates for their children
Volunteer Requirements/Agreements
  • * Complete a volunteer application and background check.
  • * Parent or primary caregiver of an individual who began experience symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13.
  • * Be familiar with the emotional issues families face and am comfortable with self-disclosure regarding my feelings about my own and my family’s life situation.
  • * Maintain the confidentiality of participants in the training and the classes I lead, and will provide data regarding class participation as required by NAMI Washington and NAMI National Education Data reporting program.
  • * Commit to complete the intensive weekend training on how to teach the NAMI Basics course.
  • * I understand that by taking this training, and receiving a certificate of completion, I am promising to co-teach the Basics 6-week course at least twice in a 24-month period, in cooperation with my local NAMI affiliate.
  • * Be comfortable reading aloud from NAMI course materials
  • * A member of NAMI Eastside - $35 or $3 waiver a year
Volunteer Duties
  • * Interview all prospective students before the class. This helps ensure the class is a good fit for their needs.
  • * Co-facilitate all 6 classes.
  • * Prepare for each class beforehand
  • * Each week set up, clean up and take down the classroom and record attendance.
  • * Submit sign-in sheets, demographic forms and surveys to program manager in a timely manner for grant purposes and reporting to NAMI Nationals.
  • * Report volunteer hours to Volunteer Coordinator

Program Manager Duties
  • * Maintains the waitlist
  • * Secures the location
  • * Solicits potential class members through waitlist and advertising on website, social media, etc.
  • * Records submitted paperwork for grants and NAMI Nationals
  • * Orders and prepares books for Basic classes


  • Mental Health
  • Youth Services
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Special Needs

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 hours a week for 6 weeks
  • Weekend facilitator training required

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