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Schizophrenia Explained by William R. McFarlane, M.D. Produced by, and order from, the author at Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall Street, Portland, ME 04102. (Phone 207-871-

  • 2091)


    • Provides a full review in lay language of the psychobiology of schizophrenia, emphasizing the key concepts in family psychoeducation: stress reduction, optimal environments and interactions for recovery, and support for the family’s ability to contribute to recovery in many ways.

    • Often used in lieu of a psychiatrist during Family Education Workshops and for staffs of case management programs, community residences and employment programs to help them understand how to assist consumers with this disorder.

Exploring Schizophrenia by Christopher S. Amenson, Ph.D. Produced by the California Alliance for the Mentally Ill (Phone 916-567-0163).

  • Uses everyday language to describe schizophrenia and give guidelines for coping with illness for persons and their families.

  • Surviving and Thriving with a Mentally Ill Relative by Christopher Amenson, Ph.D., Third edition 1998.

  • Eighteen hours of good “home video quality” videotapes cover schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, medication, psychosocial rehabilitation, relapse prevention, motivation, and family skills.

  • Order from Paul Burk, 1352 Hidden Springs Lane, Glendora, CA 91740. (Phone 626- 335-1307).

Critical Connections: A Schizophrenia Awareness Video, produced by the American Psychiatric Association, 1997.

  • A 30 minute video, designed by the APA to help consumers and families cope with the disabling effects of schizophrenia.

  • Provides a hopeful, reassuring message about new medications and psychosocial treatments that assist with recovery.

Exploring Bipolar Disorder by Jerome V. Vaccaro, M.D., 1996.

  • One hour professional quality videotape describes the illness, recovery, and the role of the family. Persons with the illness contribute valuable insights.

  • Produced by and ordered from the California Alliance for the Mentally Ill, 1111 Howe Avenue, Suite 475, Sacramento, CA 95825. Phone 916-567-0163.


Schizophrenia Bulletin

  • Highly technical and difficult to read but it is the ultimate source for research findings.

  • The fall 1995 issue summarizes “Treatment Outcomes Research”.

Psychiatric Services

  • Practical articles in all aspects of mental illness.

  • Brief clinically relevant articles on medication and other treatments.

  • The most useful periodical for clinical staff.

Psychosocial Rehabilitation

  • Practical psychosocial rehabilitation articles.

  • Easy to read and understand.

Family Psychoeducation Toolkit


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