What is Visions for Tomorrow?

Visions for Tomorrow is an education course consisting of a series of workshops for caregivers of children with brain disorders. Caregivers may be parents, extended family, or foster parents. Following the lead of other successful educational curriculums, Visions for Tomorrow is a family member-to-family member course. Teachers of the program will be trained family members who have experienced firsthand the rewards and the challenges of raising children with brain disorders. The course offers caregivers an opportunity to share mutual experiences and learn valuable lessons from one another.

Visions for Tomorrow covers educational material and provides the basics for day-to-day caregiving skills.

Course Topics:

The program consists of the following components:

  • Introduction/Brain Biology
  • ADD/ADHD, PDD/Autism, Tourette’s Disorder, Conduct Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder, Depressive Disorder, Eating Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders: Obsessive-Compulsive, Post-Traumatic Stress, Separation Anxiety, Panic, Phobia, Generalized
  • Anxiety
  • Early Onset Schizophrenia/Schizoaffective
  • Empathy & Sharing Our Unique Life Experiences
  • Organization of Data and Record Keeping
  • Communication
  • Coping & Self-Care
  • Problem Management
  • Rehabilitation, Recovery & Transition
  • Advocacy, Judicial & Stigma

Who Should Attend?

Participants in Visions for Tomorrow should be those who are direct primary caregivers, and depending on family circumstances, may be an extended family member (aunt, uncle, grandparent), respite care provider, or foster parent.

Cost?

Visions for Tomorrow is provided free of charge to families and direct primary caregivers. Visions for Tomorrow was written and piloted in Texas by volunteers who are family members with staff and professional support.

Call NAMI Southwest Missouri for details on the next class: 417-864-7119