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Working with families of patients with mental illness 

Working with families of patients with mental illness
Working with families of patients with mental illness

Valeria Del Vecchio

, Gaia Sampogna

, Bino Thomas

, Tamas Kurimay

, and Lisa Dixon

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date: 05 July 2022

Family members are highly involved in the care of patients with severe mental disorders. They play a crucial role in promoting pathways to care, preventing relapses, and supporting recovery. In routine care, mental health professionals deal almost every day with family members, but only rarely are family members involved in patients’ care. The need to involve relatives in evidence-based psychosocial interventions has been highlighted by several international guidelines. Many approaches, such as family therapy, psychoeducational family interventions, family supportive interventions, and behavioural management have been developed to meet the needs of relatives of patients with severe mental disorders and to improve the family environment. In this chapter, the main models of family interventions are summarized, with a specific focus on psychoeducational family intervention according to the Falloon model.

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