Living with severe mental illness - What families and friends must know: Evaluation of a one-day psychoeducation workshop

David E. Pollio, Carol S North, Donna L. Reid, Michelle M. Miletic, Jennifer R. McClendon

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One-day "family survival" psychoeducation workshops are a promising, convenient method of disseminating basic information to families with a relative who is diagnosed with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression, or other affective disorders. At five separate psychoeducation workshops, 83 participating families completed the self-report North-Sachar Family Life Questionnaire and open-ended "problem lists" of issues facing the families both before and after the workshops. Outcomes consistently demonstrated positive change pre- to post-workshop. Issues reported by workshop participants included desire for education about illness, identification of resources, coping with the illness, and family relationships. The workshop model demonstrated consistent achievement of the outcomes measured, meeting short-term goals. Although models such as the family responsive approach reported in this article are not designed to create long-term gains for the family, they appear to benefit families and may help connect families with more intensive services to facilitate longterm change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-38
Number of pages8
JournalSocial Work
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2006



  • Family
  • Mental illness
  • Psychoeducation services
  • Workshops

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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