Family Psychoeducational Treatments for Schizophrenia in Family Therapy
Name of the Strategy or Intervention
Over the past two decades, a variety of evidence-based family psychoeducation programs have emerged with increasing sophistication and efficacy towards meeting needs for education, guidance, and support for individuals with schizophrenia and their families. Family psychoeducation programs are generally offered as a component of a comprehensive treatment plan and aim to improve the functioning and overall well-being of the patient, although family members often experience benefits from participation as well. Although these programs vary in structure and format, they incorporate common elements that are critical to achieving the empirically validated outcomes reported and rely on collaboration among professionals, patients, and families. Psychoeducational program that consider the needs of family members have consistently shown that patients’ outcomes improve when the needs of the family are met.
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