Connection Support Group Facilitator Training Application
Please fill out this form to being the training process for becoming a support group facilitator. This process includes, attending groups, receiving a mentor, and attending an in-person session with a state-level trainer.

If you have any questions at any step in the process, even before you begin, please contact Kathy Bentz at or 512-420-9810 ext. 1005.

NAMI Policies and Procedures:

All staff, volunteers and members of the Board of Directors are required to submit to a background check. If you have personal experience with the criminal justice system, please do not let that experience deter you from getting involved with NAMI Austin. Your experience has value with our organization as we strive to change the systems and perceptions that criminalize mental illness. Background check results will be handled in a highly confidential manner as we strive to ensure we make your experience as a volunteer with NAMI Austin the best it can be.

Connection - Read carefully. *
I am an individual living with mental illness.
I am 18 years old or older.
I can commit to facilitating a support group for at least one year after completing training.
I am a NAMI Austin member (or willing to become a member).
I am comfortable with self-disclosure.
I agree to abide by NAMI policies and procedures.
I understand that participation in training does not guarantee certification. NAMI state-level trainers determine if an individual has met all criteria.
I agree to consent to a basic background check after training (a finding does not automatically disqualify you).
General Information
First Name *
Your answer
Last Name *
Your answer
Email *
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Phone Number *
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Street Address *
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City *
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ZIP code *
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Please check ALL programming you have attended. *
Volunteer Information
When are you available to volunteer? *
What is your current mental health condition or diagnosis? *
Your answer
What does recovery mean to you and where are you in your recovery right now? *
Your answer
What are your views on treatment (traditional and nontraditional)? *
Your answer
Why do you want to become a NAMI Austin volunteer? *
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Optional Section
How do you identify yourself?
Which languages other than English are you fluent in?
How did you hear about volunteering with NAMI? *
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