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Psychoeducational Groups: Process and Practice Nina Brown Chapter 1: Psychoeducational Groups Major Topics Advantages and disadvantages of psychoeducational groups Psychoeducational groups defined, described, and categorized Myths and misunderstandings about psychoeducational groups The KASST psychoeducational group leadership development model Introduction Psychoeducational groups offer an opportunity for group members to become informed about a particular concern, issue, or problem; to grow in self understanding and in interpersonal relationships; and to become more effective in understanding and solving problems that affect them. DSM conditions: eating disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, social phobia, and depression Abuse and trauma conditions: sexual abuse, military trauma, and domestic violence Examples for audiences: children, military, older adults, inpatient, international, and adolescents Psychoeducational groups for medical: cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, heart/stroke, diabetes, multiple sclerosis Advantages Safe environment: where uncomfortable and distressing feelings can be expressed openly Dissemination of information: the value of accurate and relevant information should not be underestimated. It can be helpful to bring in outside experts and/or have consultants that do that the knowledge and expertise Reduction of feelings of isolation and/or alienation: promote feelings of connectedness Alleviation of blame and/or stigma: Correcting misinformation: Coping strategies: better manage the condition or other states, increase the quality of members lives and to feel less victimized because of the empowering nature of coping Difficult topics can be openly discussed: Disadvantages Time constraints: don’t permit exploration of many relevant and important topics, not can additional problems, issues, or concerns that emerge during group sessions be explored Determining the root cause: that cannot be easily discovered Leader lack specific information: Connections and cohesions may not have time to develop: The lack of screening for many groups: Myths and Misunderstandings
1. Groups should be formed around a common problem, concern, and or issue. 2. There is a right and a wrong way to facilitate groups. 3. The group leader directs the group in what to do and what to discuss, and this is how the group’s agenda is formed 4. Only therapy and counseling groups are real groups. 5. Specific and effective interventions can be taught and learned. 6. Knowing what to do and say at all times are the group leaders responsibilities. 7. Group leaders should be so confident that they do not experience anxiety, uncertainty, or confusion. Group Leaders Expertise KASST: Knowledge, Art, Science, Skills, Technique: intended to guide the learning for safe and effective facilitation of psychoeducational groups Variety of Psychoeducational Groups Education Psychoeducational Groups Education refers to learning new material via the cognitive mode, through lecture, discussion, and observation/participation.

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