This course will focus on developing the group work skills necessary to implement evidence-based family psychoeducation interventions in work with adults, adolescents, children and their families. Special emphasis will be given to the family psychoeducation approach using multiple family groups in the treatment of severe psychiatric disorders. This course will examine the theoretical and empirical foundations for family psychoeducation, as well as, the practice of multifamily group treatment in schizophrenia, bi-polar illness, major depressive disorder, borderline personality disorder and with children and adolescents with serious mental illnesses.
- Describe the psycho-biology of schizophrenia, the effects of the illness on the individual and the family.
- Identify coping strategies to share with families and people with schizophrenia.
- Apply the problem solving method and other FPE techniques to help run or start a group.
- Describe the efficacy of FPE and how it is different from standard treatment for schizophrenia.
- List other illnesses/disabilities FPE has been used with.
- Describe the concept of high expressed emotion, how it effects patients with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and how FPE attempts to change those behaviors.
- Describe the psycho-biology and bio-social impact of bipolar disorder.
- Describe how McFarlane's Family Psychoeducation method is used with bipolar disorder.
- Describe how Family Focused Treatment, another EBP used with bipolar disorder, compares and contrasts with McFarlane's Family Psychoeducation method as it is used with bipolar disorder.
- Describe how Family Psychoeducation has been used in other countries, and with minority cultures inside the U.S. Describe the effectiveness and modifications that were necessary to make it effective in other cultural contexts.
- Identify the Family Psychoeducation (FPE) Family Guidelines for schizophrenia, and describe how they are used with families.
- Identify the principles for interacting with people with schizophrenia based on the psychobiology of that illness.
- Identify the Family Psychoeducation (FPE) Family Guidelines for bipolar disorder, and how they are used with families.
- Identify high expressed emotion in families.
- Describe Social Rhythm Theory and how family and other daily routines, or change in/lack of them, can impact the course of bipolar disorder.
- Describe how Family Focused Treatment attempts to assess and change high expressed emotion in families with a bipolar disorder.