Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp 213–219 | Cite as

Updates and Five-year Evaluation of the S.A.F.E. Program: A Family Psychoeducational Program for Serious Mental Illness

Article

Abstract

This brief report reviews recent updates to the S.A.F.E. Program, a family psychoeducational intervention for serious mental illness created in the Veterans Affairs (VA) system. The improvements and significant content additions to the curriculum are outlined. Further, positive five-year program evaluation data are described, including high levels of participant retention and satisfaction. Program attendance is positively correlated with understanding of mental illness, awareness of VA resources, and ability to engage in self-care activities—and inversely correlated with caregiver distress. This data lays the groundwork for a randomized clinical trial and raises questions about the necessity of diagnostic-specific family programming.

Keywords

serious mental illness family psychoeducation veteran PTSD family therapy 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Oklahoma City VA Medical CenterSouth Central Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC)Oklahoma CityUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesUniversity of Oklahoma Health Sciences CenterOklahoma CityUSA

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