Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: June 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963978 | Print ISBN: 9781412909280 | Online ISBN: 9781412963978| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Jarrod M. Leffler & Matthew E. Young & Mary A. Fristad
Psychoeducation combines psychotherapy with education to help participants deal with a targeted problem in their life. It has been implemented in a variety of settings, ranging from mental health clinics to occupational training. Psychoeducation focuses on providing valuable information to clients, and helping them improve awareness, skills, and communication related to the target problem. Therapists serve as “facilitators” by setting the intervention goals and modifying the presentation of information to meet clients' needs. Psychoeducation can be used with diverse cultural and ethnic groups, and can be adapted to a number of presentation formats. Empirical evidence has shown that psychoeducation is an effective intervention that improves clients' lives by increasing knowledge, developing skills, and improving relationships. This entry describes psychoeducation—what it is, how it differs from other modes of therapy, its basic principles and treatment components, how it is conducted, and its mechanisms of action. The entry discusses the development of ...