Treating difficult cases in a psychoeducational family support group for serious mental illness

Harriet P. Lefley

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Abstract

Research findings on family psychoeducation as evidence-based treatment for serious mental illnesses and benefits for families of peer-led family education groups are presented. Because major psychiatric disorders frequently are long term with episodic crises, caregivers have ongoing needs for support to enhance time-limited interventions. This article describes a continuous psychoeducational family support group that gives prolonged assistance and also helps problem families who reject family therapy. Three case examples are given of such families and the contributions of the group in effecting change. It is suggested that mental health systems incorporate psychoeducational support groups for family caregivers in standard practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)253-268
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Family Psychotherapy
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2010

Keywords

  • family education
  • family psychoeducation
  • family support groups
  • family therapy
  • schizophrenia
  • serious mental illness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology

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