ERIC Number: EJ870536
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
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Reference Count: 11
A Psychoeducational Support Group for Serious Mental Illness
Lefley, Harriet P.
Journal for Specialists in Group Work, v34 n4 p369-381 Dec 2009
The formation, structure, and goals of an open-ended psychoeducational support group for people with serious and persistent mental illnesses are described, differentiating psychoeducation from psychotherapy, and professional from peer-led support groups. Major goals are to provide education for illness management and help members combat social isolation, redeem self-esteem and hope, and improve their life situation. Three case vignettes indicate the power of the group to influence members to overcome fears, accept employment consistent with their level of disability, and improve their lives. Realistic issues regarding self-disclosure are discussed.
Descriptors: Mental Disorders, Social Isolation, Psychotherapy, Social Support Groups, Psychoeducational Methods, Coping, Self Esteem, Vignettes, Group Counseling, Counseling Effectiveness, Peer Teaching, Role Models, Social Development, Goal Orientation
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