Info & Assistance
Many classes available
NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) has a wide variety of free and in-person online mental health classes. Choices include Hope for Recovery, Transitions, Ending the Silence, Understanding Early Episode Psychosis for Families, In Our Own Voice, Family to Family, Positive Psychology, Creating Caring Communities, smoking cessation, a suicide prevention class called QPR – Question, Persuade and Refer, a special QPR class for Agricultural Communities and more.
NAMI MN’s Online Support Groups’ new and improved platform, HeyPeers, provides a safe, easy to access environment exclusively designed for online support group meetings.
The classes and online support groups are designed for family members and caregivers, persons living with a mental illness, service providers, and also the general public. Find a complete listing of classes and how to join in by going to namimn.org and click “Classes” or go to https://namimn.org/education-public-awareness/classes/scheduled/
Children and families
PACER Center workshops sampling
Many useful free or low-cost workshops and other resources are available for families of children with any disabilities. Some in-person workshops are offered at PACER Center, at Greater Minnesota locations and also offered online. Other workshops are online and livestreamed at this time. Advance registration is required for all workshops. At least 48 hours’ notice is needed for interpretation. Check out PACER’s website and link to the newsletter of statewide workshops that allows participants to pick and choose sessions designed for their needs. Access Press only lists a sampling of the workshops offered.
Tech for Teens Club: Minecraft Design Challenges is 10:30 a.m.-noon Jan. 13 at PACER Center. Participants will be given a design challenge to be completed within the world of Minecraft. Come ready with Minecraft knowledge and creativity.
Rising to the Challenge of Behaviors at Home, at School, and in the Community is noon-1 p.m. Jan. 17. online. Supporting a child or youth with challenging behaviors can be difficult. Learn how to address their mental health and behavior challenges, improve responses to behavior challenges and how to use positive support and restorative practices to prevent behaviors and improve relationships and learning.
Low Vision Tools to Support Independence is 2-3:15 p.m. Feb. 7. Online. The workshop will provide an overview and demonstration of devices and apps to support individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Tools will address magnification, reading with text-to-speech and daily living.
Planning an IEP Team Meeting When Your Child has Mental Health Challenges is noon-1 p.m. Feb. 14. Online. The workshop will provide parents and others with information to help them prepare for a positive IEP team meeting to support their child’s mental health needs in school. Participants will work through an example of an IEP, discuss what each section means, learn how to advocate for changes and more.
Boost Focus and Attention with Assistive Technology is 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thu, Feb. 15. Online. Focus is the executive function ability to ignore distractions, while attention is an active awareness on something specific. The workshop will explore tools and strategies that can boost both of these abilities.
Tools and Resources to Help Build Social Skills is 1-2 p.m. Feb. 21. Online. Learn about the importance of social skills and how to build them. Tools and resources covered will be appropriate for all ages. FFI: PACER, 952-838-9000, 800-537-2237, www.pacer.org