What is the goal of Psychoeducation?
The goal of psychoeducation is a behavioural change, not only in any given individual but also family members, caregivers etc. The importance of family involvement and the efficacy of family psychoeducation is recognised by best-practice guidelines for the treatment of individuals with serious mental health conditions. Furthermore, results from a study looking at thirty randomised clinical trials showed a reduced relapse rate, enhanced recovery and improved family well-being. Group psychoeducation can be very effective. Group situations are always less intimidating than a one on one session with a psychologist or counsellor. Often, individuals feel that they have the support of the group, decreasing the levels of stress. During one on one sessions individuals may feel intimidated to ask questions, but in a group situation, most of the common questions will be dealt with predominantly through discussion. In a group setting it can be easier to share your experiences with others, and even what techniques have been effective for you.