Psychoeducation is a term that refers to providing information about a mental health topic. It is a way to convey scientific knowledge in an understandable manner to people who can benefit from it. Psychoeducation can be provided to individuals, families, or even to larger groups. For example, we provide psychoeducation to individuals and family members about BPD and OCD, as these two conditions are often misdiagnosed, poorly understood, or complex in that they are one of several diagnoses a person has. Our expert clinicians can explain symptoms, diagnoses, and treatment options for individuals or families who simply want to ask some questions or get clarification. This type of psychoeducation can be helpful for people who are interested in supporting a loved one who is seeking treatment, who have a loved one they suspect needs treatment, or who have received a diagnosis and want to better understand the diagnosis and the associated treatment options.
In addition, we conduct psychoeducation workshops for small groups of people on specific topics. These types of workshops are brief, easy, (and fun) opportunities to learn about a topic related to mental health, emotions, or behavior. The instructors teach about important concepts, using videos, examples, and modeling to engage the participants in active learning. Psychoeducation is not group therapy; it is similar to a class. Information is provided in an instructional and educational manner (on a high level, without much or any personal information being discussed). Some people who participate in psychoeducation workshops are also in ongoing psychotherapy and others are not. In order to participate effectively, a person just needs to have an interest in the topic and a desire to learn about it.
Some people who commonly participate in psychoeducation workshops are family members, professionals, and learners. For example, the family members of loved ones who struggle to regulate their emotions can often benefit from learning general scientific information about emotions. Professionals who regularly work with other people (e.g., attorneys, teachers, supervisors) can gain valuable information about how to relate more effectively to others. Other common participants are people who consider themselves “lifelong learners,” who simply find enjoyment in learning new information.
Examples of Past Psychoeducation Workshops:
Enhancing Your Relationship Workshop: Becoming a Better Listener
Validation Workshop: Increasing Validation and Decreasing Invalidation
What is Borderline Personality Disorder? An Educational Workshop