Submit an Application to Be a Support Group Facilitator

Prospective leaders must be adult family members (parents, siblings, adult children, spouses, partners, etc.)

What is NAMI Support Group? 

  • A 60-90 minute confidential support group for family and friends of people with mental health conditions that meets weekly, every other week or monthly (depending on location)
  • Available free to participants
  • Led by family members of people with mental health conditions
  • Participants have an opportunity to learn from their common experience
  • The support group model encourages full group participation and creates upbeat and constructive meetings
  • Does not recommend or endorse any medications or other medical therapies

What are the goals of NAMI Support Group? 

  • Provide a safe place for participants to share resources and experiences
  • Follow a structured model that allows all participants to feel heard
  • Establish a sense of community
  • Encourage empathy among participants
  • Promote productive discussion so participants leave feeling better than when they came


Date: May 13 & 14, 2022
Location: Wisdom House in Litchfield, CT


*Space is limited – Applicants are required to have an interview before being accepted into the training.

Facilitator Position Requirements:

  • Willingness to undergo training and to adhere to fidelity to the NAMI Support Group Facilitator model
  • Commitment to begin to facilitate or co-facilitate a monthly NAMI support group within six months of the training
  • Commitment to communicate with NAMI Connecticut state office as requested or needed
  • Ability to provide group participant data to NAMI Connecticut as required
  • Willingness to identify potential new facilitators from their support groups
  • Positive regard for, or personal experience with mutual support
  • Be or become a member of NAMI
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