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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

of consumer

  • 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

Practitioner experience:

“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


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