Psychoeducation refers to the provision of information to clients who are receiving psychological services. This information may include diagnosis, treatments, coping strategies, or any information regarding relevant psychological principles and research. Originally, psychoeducation was conceived as a combination of several different psychotherapeutic elements within family therapy for schizophrenia. The term was first used by Carol Anderson and Gerald Hogarty in 1980 to describe an approach consisting of four components: (1) information about schizophrenia, (2) problem-solving training, (3) communication skills, and (4) self-assertiveness training. Family groups and clients with severe mental health disorders have often been provided with this or similar approaches, which have been consistently shown to reduce relapse rates for schizophrenia. Psychoeducation has been described generally by Ellen Lukens and William McFarlane as an ...

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