Think about becoming a Connection Recovery Support Group Facilitator
Mental/emotional health is arguably the most important asset anyone can have. It impacts every aspect of our lives. Indeed, it is the determining factor for how we survive, and also thrive, in a world that presents a steady stream of challenges.
Many of us know what it’s like to have our mental health overshadowed by the painful emotions, overwhelming confusion, and outright frustration that persist because of having a mental/emotional disorder.
Heaped on top of this is often the despair of having no one to talk to, no one who understands (or wants to understand), and no one willing to walk by our side and help us find answers to the difficult questions.
Then there’s the anxiety that, if we do talk to someone, they are only going to think of us as “crazy”, “incapable”, or “weak”.
This Is Why NAMI Volunteers Are
Truly Precious Resources
Through their lived experience with mental illness and the excellent training provided by NAMI, volunteers give compassion, nonjudgmental support and answers to tough questions – these are provided at no cost to participants via NAMI Greenville’s variety of education courses and support groups.
The result? For those who seek our help, it can mean creating a personal path that includes the right tools for recovering and staying well!
Minimum Requirements for Volunteer Facilitators
- Be in solid recovery and committed to facilitating, for at least one year, a Connection Group in his/her community *(Solid recovery = in a relatively stable place in his/her recovery and ready to assist others by leading support groups using the Connection model)
- Actively engaged in maintaining his/her wellness
- Respects his/her own emotional and physical resources and limitations
- As a facilitator, does not act in the capacity of therapist or any other health professional. Offers only the facilitation skills he/she has been trained by NAMI to provide
- Facilitates each meeting to the best of his/her ability
- Conducts him/herself in a respectful manner with courtesy and appropriate behavior
- Understands that continuing education is essential to providing the best support group experience possible and is committed improving his/her skills as a facilitator
- Respects cultural differences of group participants
- Understands that his/her behaviors reflect on the integrity and perception of NAMI and the programs NAMI offers and, therefore, keeps personal opinions and actions separate from those made as a NAMI leader
- Must be a NAMI member
Interested in becoming a NAMI Greenville Connection Facilitator?