Consumers, clients, people who have experienced psychiatric symptoms
These terms refer to persons who are living with severe mental illness and who use professional mental health services-the consumers of mental health services. The term 'consumer' is most frequently employed in the resource kit materials. In the Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment workbook and in the outcome measures document, the term 'client' is used. The Illness Management and Recovery resource kit uses the term 'people who have experienced psychiatric symptoms'.
Family and other supporters
This terminology refers to families and other people who provide support to a consumer, and recognizes that many consumers have key supporters who are not family members.
Practitioners and clinical supervisors
The term practitioner refers to the people who deliver the evidence-based practice. This is used instead of clinician, case manager, nurse, psychiatrist, therapist, etc. except when referring to a specific kind of role (e.g., the employment specialist in supported employment, or the prescriber in medication management). The term clinical supervisor is used to distinguish between an administrative supervisor and the person supervising the clinical work of the practitioner.
Mental health program leaders
This term is used to describe the person at the mental health provider organization who is trying to put the practice into effect. This term is used instead of program supervisor, operations director, program manager, or program administrator. The term is used because it makes it clear that this person's job is to lead with the support of the agency's administration.
Public mental health authorities
This term is used to describe the people who determine the regulations and funding structures of the public mental health system. We recognize that evidence-based practices are also implemented and overseen in the private sector.
Readings and Other Resources on Family Psychoeducation
Essential Readings for Practitioners
The following four books are recommended for those wanting to master this approach. The first includes key elements of the Anderson and Falloon approach and should be read first. The Miklowitz, et al., book is essential for those working with consumers with bipolar disorder.
McFarlane, W.R., Multifamily Groups in the Treatment of Severe Psychiatric Disorders, New York, NY, Guilford, 2002.
Anderson, C., Hogarty, G., Reiss, D., Schizophrenia and the Family, New York, NY, Guilford Press, 1986.
Family Psychoeducation Toolkit