Family Psychoeducation for Serious Mental Illness

Hardcover | July 31, 2009

byHarriet P. Lefley

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Research shows that many adults with serious mental illness live with or maintain contact with their families. But families are rarely given information about their relative's illness and their own needs for support are ignored. To be optimally beneficial, family members and other caregiversneed education about the disorder, some knowledge of illness management techniques, and personal support. Family psychoeducation (FPE) is a powerful evidence-based psychosocial intervention that serves consumers and their families. FPE has proven efficacious in reducing relapse and hospitalization, reducing symptoms, increasing employability of persons with severe and persistent mental illness, and, in many cases, enhancing their families' well-being. Its success rests with a state-of-the-art education model for improvingcaregivers' understanding of their loved one's illness through learning what is known and not known about it and how to assess and cope with its manifestations. Here, in the first book of its kind, Harriet P. Lefley traces the history of FPE -- including the developments in mental health servicesand systems and theoretical approaches that inform it -- and the robust empirical evidence it now claims after a quarter-century of development and evaluation at major research centers around the world. Presenting first the approach's generic components, training models, and required competencies,Lefley then discusses the available variations, such as Family Education (FE), a brief manualized form of FPE offered by professionally trained family members that has some empirical support for knowledge gains and easing family distress. The result is a comprehensive, practical introduction tofamily psychoeducation that critically appraises the evidence and examines the model's place in contemporary mental health systems. This groundbreaking volume is an ideal training tool for graduate students of social work, psychology, and psychiatry and a valuable addition to the clinician's armamentarium of evidence-based practices for clients with serious mental illness.

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Research shows that many adults with serious mental illness live with or maintain contact with their families. But families are rarely given information about their relative's illness and their own needs for support are ignored. To be optimally beneficial, family members and other caregiversneed education about the disorder, some kno...

Harriet P. Lefley is Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 5.98 × 9.29 × 0.91 inPublished:July 31, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195340493

ISBN - 13:9780195340495

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Introduction2. Family Interventions in Major Mental Illness: Models and Commonalities3. Families, Schizophrenia, and Other Major Disorders: Historical Background4. Theoretical Premises and Research Overviews: The Evidence for Family Psychoeducation5. Model Research Programs: Family Psychoeducation6. Early Interventions: Prodromal, Children, and Adolescents7. Diverse Diagnoses and Special Populations8. International and Cross-Cultural Studies: Uniformities and Variations9. Family Education10. Training and Training Issues11. Implementation in Services12. Unresolved Issues in Family Psychoeducation: A Critical Assessment13. Future Trends in Family Involvement in TreatmentReferencesIndex