Psychoeducational Multiple Family Groups
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Educating persons with schizophrenia and their families about the nature of the illness and about ways to react to stressful situations has been helpful in managing the disease. When such education is combined with the social networking and problem solving that takes place in a multiple-family group, the incidence of hospitalization and symptomatology can be reduced. This curriculum module, developed to be used in a generalist practice or group work class, demonstrates a way to help students understand the benefits of a problem-solving model of group education for persons with schizophrenia and their families. Information on schizophrenia and the problem-solving process is reviewed in a class discussion, followed by class application of the problem-solving process through the use of a case vignette. Students then role play a second vignette in a multiple family group or a single family group. They conclude the unit by discussing the relative advantages and disadvantages of each method.
Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work