Education & Resources

Family Services provides a variety of educational classes to assist family members in better understanding mental health and the resources available.

Family Orientation Class

This one day, 6-hour class is for families and persons of someone that they know or suspect has a mental illness. This workshop is designed to educate oneself about mental illness and learn about programs and support services available in the community. Participants must attend the entire 6-hour workshop to receive materials. This class is FREE. Click on your preferred date for the Family Orientation class flyer of your choice: 

July 13th, 2024 (English)

September 14th, 2024 (English)

November 9th, 2024 (Spanish)

February 22nd, 2025 (English)

April 19th, 2025 (English)

May 17th, 2025 (Spanish)



Call (805) 540-6571 for more information.

Families, Mental Illness, and Judicial System Class

This 6-hour class is designed for anyone who has a mentally ill loved one that is currently or formerly involved with the judicial system; or is in risk of becoming involved. Our goal is to help our mentally ill loved ones navigate and minimize continuing legal sanctions as they make progress in recovery and meet legal justice obligations. Participants must attend the entire 6-hour workshop to receive materials. This class is FREE. Click on your preferred date for the Families, Mental Illness, and Judicial System class flyer of your choice: 


August 24th, 2024 (Spanish)

October 19th, 2024 (English)


January 18th, 2025 (Spanish)

March 22nd, 2025 (English)

June 21st, 2025 (English)

Call (805) 540-6571 for more information.

Triple P Parenting Classes

The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program® is one of the world’s most effective parenting programs. One of the few based on evidence from ongoing scientific research, it has been tested with thousands of families through more than four decades.

  • Triple P works by giving parents the skills to raise confident, healthy children, and to build stronger family relationships.
  • Triple P helps parents manage misbehaviour and prevent occurring problems
  • Triple P doesn’t tell people how to parent. Rather, it gives them simple and practical strategies they can adapt to suit their own values, beliefs and needs.

All classes are FREE and on Zoom.

Download the flyer

For San Luis Obispo County Triple P Coordinator: Natalia Stilleson, 805-801-4683 or


For Northern Santa Barbara County Triple P Coordinator: Zandra Alfaro-Olea, 805-801-5724 or


Nami's Family-to-Family Education Program

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 12-week course offering education and support for family members whose relative or loved one has schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, borderline personality disorder, co-occurring brain disorders or addictive disorders. The class provides up-to-date information on the diseases, their causes and treatments available, as well as help and coping tools for the caregiver or loved one. Click below to choose a NAMI's Family-to-Family Education Program class flyer:

We do not have a Family-to-Family class scheduled at this time. 

To contact NAMI San Luis Obispo County, call (805) 543-1825   

In North Santa Barbara County, contact Maria Perez at (805) 441-3325

To contact NAMI Santa Barbara County, call (916) 567-0163  

For any questions, call Jorge Huerta,
Family Services Program Manager
at (805) 540-6571

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