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Theorists of Psychoeducational:

1. Carol Anderson
2. Reiss
3. Hogarty


Major Concepts of Psychoeducational:

1. Establish a collaborative partnership in which family members feel understood, supported, and empowered.

2. Maximize the functioning and coping abilities of all disabled patients and their families.

3. Desire to learn from the family.

4. Believe family can help.


Theory of Dysfunction in Psychoeducational:

1. Family is damaged by insensitive professionals.
2. Family has need for information/education and to learn different coping strategies.
3. Anxiety about what to do and grief over the issue leads to symptoms.


Theory of Change in Psychoeducational:

1. With education and attention to family needs, family members may learn new strategies to cope with the problem.

2. Help family change its ideas about and interactions with patient and to reverse the damage that may have been done by insensitive professionals.


Stages of Therapy in Psychoeducational:

1. Initial interview to determine family needs and build alliance.
2. Psychoeducational sessions - information sharing day, "Survival Skills Workshop"
3. Referrals to other resources when indicated.
4. Follow up sessions - assign tasks, monitor performance, deal with problems in family structure
5. Termination, often with periodic maintenance sessions

Therapy is brief


Stance of Therapist in Psychoeducational:

1. Active, direct
2. Empathic
3. Provides information and willing to learn from family


Methods/Techniques in Psychoeducational:

1. Parent Management Training = parents learn behavior management and improve marital communication
2. Give direct information/education to patient and family.
3. Tell family that they can and how to help.
4. Make contracts
5. "Survival Skills Workshop" = one day, learn about etiology, prognosis, psychobiology and treatment
6. Lower expectations to reduce pressure on the patient to perform normally


Diagnosis/Assessment in Psychoeducational:

1. Assessing history of problem.
2. Evaluating family's understanding of problem.
3. Evaluating what family needs in information/education.
4. Evaluating current attempts at coping.


What chronic mental disorders benefit from a psychoeducational approach?

1. ADHD - parent management training

2. Autism - intensive treatment for the child and an educational component for the parents based on operant conditioning and social learning theory

3. Phobias/anxiety in children, ex. school phobia

4. Depression in children


What situations are commonly used for family enrichment psychoeducational programs?

1. Relationship enhancement - expressing, empathy, problem solving

2. Marital enrichment - PREP, marriage encounter (weekend retreat)

3. Stepfamily preparation programs