Who provides family psychoeducation?
A family psychoeducation practitioner can be a social worker, nurse, doctor, occupational therapist, employment specialist, or case manager.
What skills will I gain?
Many practitioners find their work with families helps them to develop their own knowledge
and professional skills. They mention:
improved understanding of the effect
of illness on family relationships
improved understanding and family perspectives
improved ability to shift perspectives from leader to partner
more effective family, cognitive, and behavioral therapy skills
Why work with families?
According to the World Fellowship for Schizophrenia and Allied Disorders, there are multiple reasons:
to achieve the best possible outcome for the consumer through collaborative treatment and recovery
to ease suffering among family members by supporting their efforts to foster their loved one’s recovery
to listen to families and treat them as equal partners
to provide relevant information for consumers and families at appropriate times
to provide training for the family in structured problem-solving techniques
to pay attention to the social, as well as the clinical needs, of the consumer and family
to explore family members’ expectations and assess a family’s strengths and difficulties
to encourage clear communication among family members
“The patient is much better—more active, more aware of his illness, and exerts more control over recognizing [early warning signs] and getting help early on.” L.B. (multi-family therapist)
“The family is … more knowledgeable and more hopeful.” R.L. (single family therapist)
Family Psychoeducation Toolkit