Parents and Teachers as Allies

“Tremendous program. Some of the most valuable information I have ever received as an educator.”
Teacher – Boon, North Carolina

In-Service Program for School Professionals – Available at No Cost

Recognizing early-onset mental illness in children and adolescents.

NAMI created Parents and Teachers as Allies to help families and school professionals identify the key warning signs of early-onset mental illnesses in children and adolescents in our schools. It focuses on the specific, age-related symptoms of mental illnesses in youngsters. The program provides an educational tool for advancing mutual understanding and communication between families and school professionals. The presentation includes the following sections:

  • Becoming allies: Reckoning with different perspectives
  • The heart of the matter: Children robbed of childhood
  • Keys to early recognition and treatment
  • Learning and working together as allies
  • Understanding family reactions to mental illnesses and guidelines for helping families
  • Navigating the referral process as allies
  • Strengthening the alliance: How NAMI can help
  • Resources for parents and teachers, including books and websites
Why bring Parents and Teachers as Allies to our school?
National leaders are calling for schools to play a larger role in the early identification of mental health treatment needs in students. Parents and Teachers as Allies targets this call to action by providing schools with the tools needed to fulfill this critical role in the lives of students.  Each in-service program:
  • Is delivered by a trained team, including a facilitator, a parent, an individual with mental illness, and an educational professional.
  • Follows a structured format covering issues frequently faced by school professionals, parents, and caregivers.
  • Has been well-tested and has produced positive results in diverse schools across the country.
NAMI Multnomah looks forward to working with and supporting our local school professionals and families to improve the lives and educational outcomes of children with mental illness.


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NAMI Multnomah
542 NE 52nd
Portland, OR 97213

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524 NE 52nd Ave.
Portland, OR 97213
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