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Family Psychoeducation for Serious Mental Illness$
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Harriet P. Lefley

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195340495

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340495.001.0001

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Future Trends In Family Involvement In Treatment

Future Trends In Family Involvement In Treatment

Family Psychoeducation for Serious Mental Illness

Harriet P. Lefley

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the future of FPE as an accepted intervention within the larger context of families' involvement in the treatment of their loved ones. There is a discussion of divergent interest groups in family and consumer movements, and of consumers' increasing role in the mental health workforce. There is an obvious distinction between those consumers who can function as providers and those who still require family caregiving. It is suggested that FPE can lead to a more effective role for families in treatment and greater access to information needed for illness management. The pervasive issue of confidentiality is discussed with some recommended solutions. At this juncture, FPE is still used in numerous sites in the U.S. and Europe, both for long-term patients and increasingly as prodromal interventions, and it is still alive and well in China. Accepted as evidence-based practice for schizophrenia, with clear cost-benefit in terms of reduced hospitalizations, FPE may become increasingly attractive for adoption as standard practice by mental health administrations.

Keywords:   consumer movement, consumer-providers, Community Support Program, mental health, family caregiving, illness management, evidence-based practice

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