Bäuml, J., Froböse, T. & Pitschel-Walz, G. (2006). Psychoeducation: A basic psychotherapeutic intervention for patients with schizophrenia and their families. 32(1), 1-26. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2683741/
This article conducted a randomized multicenter study based in Munich regarding psychoeducation for families and the client. They indicate that psychoeducation should aim to allow patients and their relatives to become empowered to understand and accept the illness and cope with it in a successful manner. The results of their study showed that within a 2-year period psychoeducation programs saw a significant reduction in rehospitalization rates from 58% to 41% and also a shortening of intermittent days spent in hospital from 78 to 39 days. They conclude that psychoeducation should be integrated into mental health programs and made available to all patients suffering from a schizophrenic disorder and their families.
Rene, P. (2002). Teaching approaches and occupational therapy psychoeducation. (17 ed., Vol. 3, pp. 81-95). London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://ot.creighton.edu/community/Occupational_Justice/Padilla 2002 Teaching Approaches and Occupational Therapy Psychoeducation.pdf
This article discusses OT intervention and psychoeducation. It emphasizes three different ways of thinking about teaching which can result in three different objectives. Each has benefits and detriments in its method depending on the circumstance. Below I discuss two approaches I find could be helpful in my future OT practice.
1) Executive approach emphasizes the transmission of information. In this approach the OT is the expert and has the power to decide what information the client needs to know and how they will learn the information.
2) Therapist approach emphasizes the search for personal meaning. This approach emphasizes client agency and client centeredness, which is consistent with OT practice values. This approach is a process of guiding where the client is the expert.