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9. Educational Curriculum

Definition

In individual or group sessions, the clinician(s) use a standardized curriculum to teach families about mental illness. The curriculum covers six topics:

  • Psychobiology of mental illness

  • Diagnosis and treatment

  • Family reaction and its stages

Rationale

  • Psychosis as a family trauma

  • Relapse prevention

  • Family guidelines

An educational curriculum specifies what is taught and how it is taught. To effectively teach the families new information and skills requires structure and systematic use of specific evidence-based techniques and strategies. It is therefore critical that an FPE program has a written curriculum for its clinicians to follow.

Sources of Information

Coordinator and clinician interviews and curriculum review.

Item Response Coding

The primary data sources for this rating are a written curriculum accompanied by a schedule of completed sessions, corroborated with interviews. If = 90% of educational workshops (or single family sessions) cover all 6 areas, the item would be coded as a 5.

Probe Questions

For program coordinator Does your program have a written curriculum for educational workshops? (If yes, request a copy for review.) How was it developed? How do you train your clinicians to use it? How do you ensure that your clinicians follow the curriculum? Do you periodically evaluate and update the curriculum? Do you have a schedule of completed sessions and their content? Ask about each of the listed areas above and whether they are included.

For clinicians Do you use a written curriculum or clinicians manual for your educational workshops? (If yes) Are there any areas you teach differently from the curriculum/guide? Do you have a schedule of completed sessions and their content? Ask about each of the listed areas above and whether they are included.

For family members What has been the content of the FPE sessions? Ask about each of the listed areas above.

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