Family Psychoeducation: Advanced Evidence-Based Practices

Family Psychoeducation: Advanced Evidence-Based Practices 

These days, serious mental illnesses are widely accepted in the medical field as illnesses with well-established symptoms and treatment. Despite this recognition, one of the most common roadblocks to successful treatment outcomes and to recovery is a lack of family support, as well as the lack of understanding within the family of the nature of the person’s mental illness. Based on content from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA), this course is part of the Evidence-Based Practices series designed to teach you the principles and practices that research suggests are most effective in the implementation of a family psychoeducation program. In addition, this training covers how to best develop an effective family psychoeducation program and provides helpful tips for mental health authorities. The blend of interactive exercises and instructive information will assist you in learning and applying this material with those you serve. Whether you are a mental health provider or an agency administrator, this course is an opportunity to develop new skills to support consumers, as well as to develop an effective program of this type in your own community.


Hours: 1.25


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, State Board of Psychology

1.25 HOURS

Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-0-FPAEBP-V2
Hours: 1.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 1/31/2021
Learning Objectives:
Describe the three essential phases of family psychoeducation.
Apply the main principles of family psychoeducation in your own family psychoeducation program.
Summarize steps that mental health authorities and administrators can take to develop and implement family psychoeducation groups.
Identify standards of practice for family psychoeducation.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: What Is Family Psychoeducation? A. Advanced Psychoeducation B. Vignette: Meet Mary C. Defining Family Psychoeducation D. Revisiting Mary E. Benefits of Family Psychoeducation F. Who Benefits Most? G. Candidates for Family Psychoeducation? H. Review: Would John Be A Candidate for Psychoeducation? I. Section Summary Section 3: Implementation of Family Psychoeducation A. The Phases of Family Psychoeducation B. Phase 1: Joining Sessions C. Phase 2: An Educational Workshop D. Phase 3: Ongoing Family Psychoeducation Sessions E. Other Considerations of Family Psychoeducation F. I. Family Psychoeducation in Single-Family or Multi-Family Group Formats G. Meet the Robinsons H. True or False I. II. Selecting the Best Family Psychoeducation Practitioners J. III. Consider Culture K. IV. Confidentiality and Documentation L. Documenting Joining Sessions M. Documenting Educational Workshops N. Documenting Ongoing Sessions O. Section Summary Section 4: Practice Principles of Family Psychoeducation A. The Practice Principles of Family Psychoeducation B. Principle 1: Defining Family C. Principle 2: The Practitioner-Individual-Family Alliance D. Principle 3: Education and Resources E. Principle 5: Problem Solving F. Principle 6: Social and Emotional Support G. Review: Meet Carmen and Her Mother H. Section Summary Section 5: Suggestions for Mental Health Authorities A. Why Should Mental Health Authorities Be Interested in Family Psychoeducation? B. How Can Mental Health Authorities Support Family Psychoeducation? C. Get Involved in Family Psychoeducation D. Step 1: Create a Vision E. Step 2: Form Advisory Groups F. Step 3: Establish Program Standards G. Step 4: Address Financial Issues H. Step 5: Develop a Training Structure I. Step 6: Monitor Fidelity and Outcomes J. The Family Psychoeducation Fidelity Scale Section 6: Suggestions for Agency Administrators and Family Intervention Coordinators A. Choose a Family Intervention Coordinator B. Develop a Training Program C. External Consultant and Trainer D. Build Support for Your Program E. Form Advisory Committees F. Sustain Support for Your Program G. Agency Directors Can Lead This Effort H. Policies and Procedures I. Review: Can You Help Tom? Section 7: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations! F. Exam

Expert Reviewer: Andrew Pickering, LMFT
Andrew Pickering is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with experience working in both inpatient and outpatient behavioral healthcare settings. He provides individual and family therapy in a private practice setting and specializes in working with couples, adolescents, divorce related issues, and chronic mental illness. He provides clinical supervision and consultation for Marriage and Family Therapy interns with focus on multicultural issues. Andrew also conducts group therapy and family psycho-education groups on an inpatient behavior health unit and has experience with mental health assessment and crisis intervention. In addition, Andrew has developed cognitive therapy based treatment programs and psycho-educational groups for families for several behavior health settings and has worked with court systems and Child Welfare Services to develop an evidence-based anger management curriculum for use with individuals within these systems. Disclosure: Andrew Pickering, LMFT has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Staff Writer: Amber Jenkins, Ph.D. MBA
Dr. Jenkins has extensive experience applying cutting-edge, evidence-based clinical approaches to provide innovative mental health treatments for adults. She also coaches executives under psychosocial stress to perform optimally at their jobs by providing them counsel on relationship issues, psychiatric disorders and addictions.  Dr. Jenkins develops training and public education courses on interpersonal communication and effective conflict resolution.  She works with the Consulting Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association and is actively pursuing her research in leadership development and the role personality traits and workplace environments play in management decision making. Dr. Jenkins holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology and a MBA from the University of San Francisco. She is also a post doctoral fellow at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital’s Cognitive Intensive Outpatient Program. Disclosure: Amber Jenkins, Ph.D. MBA has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Beginner, Intermediate level Social Workers; Entry level Psychologists; Entry, Intermediate level Alcohol and Drug Counselors; Entry, Intermediate level Professional Counselors; Nurses; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
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