During a psychoeducation session, a patient or their loved ones learn about the patient’s mental health diagnosis.
Through psychoeducation, an evidence-based therapeutic intervention, individuals can better cope with their condition through having an increased understanding of the condition.
Psychoeducation can be offered in one-on-one settings and in group settings. It can be administered by many kinds of mental health clinicians, such as social workers, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health workers, and others.
During a psychoeducation setting, a mental health clinician may:
- Explain the signs and symptoms of a mental health diagnosis
- Describe how a medication or treatment may help symptoms
- Explain the side effects, both positive and negative, of medications that are prescribed
- Help family members and caregivers understand how to best support a loved one with a mental health condition
The goal of psychoeducation is for the patient and caregiver(s) to have a better understanding of the condition, leading to increased treatment compliance and more positive treatment outcomes.