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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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Family Education

Family Education

Family Psychoeducation for Serious Mental Illness

Harriet P. Lefley

Oxford University Press

Family education (FE) shares uniformities of content with FPE but differs in length, format, target group, and expected outcomes. Ranging from six to twelve weeks, FE is group education targeted to families and friends of people with mental illness. Expected outcomes are greater knowledge of illness management and reduced distress and burden of caregivers. Most programs use internal evaluations, but only a few have research findings. FE programs have largely been developed by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and Mental Heath America (MHA). Two NAMI programs, taught by well-trained family members, have been manualized and evaluated in randomized research designs: Journey of Hope (JOH) and Family-to-Family Education Program (FFEP). Together these eight- to twelve-week programs have reached over 100,000 families. The Training and Education Network (TEC), an MHA Southeastern Pennsylvania program, is also manualized with research findings. A sampling of other FE programs is also described, with their manuals and other publications cited in the Appendix.

Keywords:   Family-to-Family Education Program, FFEP, Journey of Hope, JOH, Training and Education Network, TEC, National Alliance on Mental illness, NAMI, Mental Health America, Pacific Institutes

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