Term Family Psychoeducation
Code RR-5150.2000
Definition Programs that provide information for psychiatric patients and their families about the individual's diagnosis; the meaning of specific symptoms; what is known about the causes, effects and implications of the problem; treatment and/or management options; and how to recognize signs of relapse so they can seek necessary assistance before their difficulty worsens or occurs again. People work towards recovery by developing better skills for overcoming everyday problems and illness-related issues, developing social support and improving communication with treatment providers. Family psychoeducation includes teaching coping strategies and problem-solving skills to families, friends and/or caregivers to help them deal more effectively with the individual. It improves the knowledge patients and their families have; provides a greater understanding of the importance and benefits of medication; and reduces distress, confusion and anxiety within the family which may, in turn, help the individual's recovery. It is not considered therapy or treatment but rather is designed to stand alone or complement psychotherapy.
Created 8/31/04
Changed 5/4/10
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See Also References Chronic Disease Self Management Programs (LH-2700.1540)
External Classification Terms Mental Health & Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (NTE F99)
Mental Health Education (UW
Mental Health, Substance Abuse, General/Other (NPC F01)
Mental Health/Substance Use Disorders (AIRS MH-500)
Mental Health/Substance Use Disorders (CAN MH-500)
Related Concepts Disabilities
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Bibliographic References “Psychoeducation”, Psychoeducational Counseling Services website, http://www.psychoeducation.com/psychoeducation.htm

“What is Family Psychoeducation?”, Part of an evidence based practices implementation resource kit developed through a contract with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMSHA) Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) and a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Evidence-Based Practices Project website, http://www.mentalhealthpractices.org/fam_about.html

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