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Psychoeducation

Psychoeducation refers to therapeutic strategies that are largely preventive, skill-based, and educational in nature. It combines elements of psychology and education as a treatment modality emphasizing teaching and empowerment instead of therapy. Psychoeducation provides education to individuals with substance abuse, psychological disorders, or physical illnesses about their condition, etiology, symptoms, risks, clinical course, and treatment options to facilitate rehabilitation. It fosters resiliency, harnesses strengths, and helps clients gain a sense of control. The goal is to increase the client’s knowledge and insight into his or her illness and treatment. In theory, this knowledge should translate into a better understanding of the diagnosis and a greater acceptance of the treatment. The assumption is that this knowledge improves coping, treatment compliance, and recovery. In addition, research suggests ...

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