Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Psychoeducation in Couple and Family Therapy

  • Ellen P. LukensEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_134


Psychoeducation is a treatment model that focuses on strengths, the development of insight and self-efficacy for the participants, and collaboration and parity between the practitioner and person or group. The model draws on theories that encompass health and mental health literacy and education as well as individual, family, group, and community practice in a social justice context (Nutbeam 2006). Psychoeducational approaches are flexible enough to be adapted for individuals, couples, and families confronting challenges ranging from mental illness and trauma to physical illness and restorative justice (Lukens 2015; Walsh 2010). When most effective, the model builds on the synergy between education and psychotherapy as an avenue for increased awareness and healing. The overarching goal is to promote understanding, hope, and possibility among participants and a knowledge exchange among practitioners and participants.

The term “psychoeducation” has been used somewhat...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Columbia School of Social WorkNew YorkUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Corinne Datchi
    • 1
  1. 1.Seton Hall UniversitySouth OrangeUSA