Benefits of NAMI basic course

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The NAMI Basics program is a resource developed by parents who've had children and adolescents with mental illnesses in their own lives. And this is a course that is free that is taught all across the country in NAMI groups. Six sessions, about two or three hours, help the parents to put their experience into some perspective, deal with the traumatic impact on the parents, problem solve for their children, and learn more about mental illnesses. This program has been studied in a research design and found to be effective for the parents. And if it's effective for the parents, it's helping the children. And so I encourage people to evaluate NAMI Basics as a free resource that may really make a difference for them.

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Kenneth Duckworth, MD

Psychiatrist, Harvard Professor & Medical Director for NAMI

Ken Duckworth, MD, serves as the medical director for NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. He is triple board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult, Child and Adolescent, and Forensic Psychiatry and has extensive experience in the public health arena.

Dr. Duckworth is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard University Medical School, and has served as a board member of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists. Dr. Duckworth has held clinical and leadership positions in community mental health, school psychiatry and now also works as Associate Medical Director for Behavioral Health at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Prior to joining NAMI in 2003, Dr. Duckworth served as Acting Commissioner of Mental Health and the Medical Director for Department of Mental Health of Massachusetts, as a psychiatrist on a Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) team, and Medical Director of the Massachusetts Mental Health Center.

Dr. Duckworth attended the University of Michigan where he graduated with honors and Temple University School of Medicine where he was named to the medical honor society, AOA. While at Temple, he won awards for his work in psychiatry and neurology. He also has a family member living with mental illness.

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