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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 Psychoeducation for Serious Mental Illness

Harriet P. Lefley

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes in detail the format, structure, and content areas of some of the major family psychoeducation (FPE) studies. Single and multi-family models and other adaptations are discussed. Initial research in the UK focused on reducing high expressed emotion (EE), but subsequently FPE was extended to low EE families as well based on families' self-assessed needs and problems. Seminal programs in the US evolved in Pittsburgh, California, and New York State. In Europe, the Optimal Treatment Project of Ian Falloon and associates continues as an international collaborative group to promote the routine use of evidence-based practices (EBPs) for schizophrenia in clinical facilities, including FPE. Large sample studies indicate the efficacy of these bundled optimal treatments. Miklowitz and Goldstein's Family Focused Treatment for bipolar disorder is described. A final section on long-term effects ranging from seven-year to eleven-year follow-ups, in Germany, the UK, and Italy, showed positive effects.

Keywords:   Optimal Treatment Project, Family Focused Treatment, Needs-Based Cognitive-Behavioral FPE, Multi-family Group Psychoeducation, Behavioral Family Therapy, Ian Falloon, Miklowitz and Goldstein, bipolar disorder

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