The following has been taken from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) Family Psychoeducation (FPE) Tool-Kit, which can be found here.

Family Psychoeducation (FPE) involves:

  • Forming an alliance
  • On-going education about the illness
  • Problem-solving
  • Creating social supports
  • Developing coping skills

As a result of FPE, Consumers and Families learn to problem-solve about:

  • Finding and keeping a job
  • Taking part in social activities
  • Family stress
  • Disagreements about medication
  • Lack of energy
  • Drugs and alcohol

And Families learn about:

  • Managing stress
  • Navigating the public mental health system
  • That other people have similar needs and experiences
  • Improved family relationships and general health
  • New ways to deal with the common problems caused by mental illness, problems that often create stress, confusion and disagreements, such as:
    • Taking medication
    • Finding and keeping a job
    • Taking part in social activities

And as a result, there is:

  • Improvement of clinical outcomes (fewer relapses and fewer symptoms)
  • Reduced needs for crisis intervention and hospitalization over time
  • Improvement in community functioning, and social activities, less isolation
  • Increased satisfaction for consumers and families, a feeling of better control over life
  • Less family strain and stress, less depression and anxiety
  • Better employment retention
  • Improved cost-benefit ratio
  • Progress in Recovery
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