Family Institute for Education, Practice & Research Publications

Jewell, T. C., Downing, D., & McFarlane, W. M. (2009). Partnering with families: Multiple family group psychoeducation for schizophrenia. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 65, 868-878. Jewell, T. C., & Stein, C. H. (2002). Parental influence on sibling caregiving for people with severe mental illness. Community Mental Health Journal, 38, 17-33. Jewell, T. C., Corry, R., […]

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Family Support Group

Purpose: A long-term maintenance group for consumers of mental health services and/or their supports to sustain the recovery efforts of consumers. Duration: Long term-open ended group with rolling enrollment. Components: Flexible agenda that follows Dr. William McFarlane’s model for Multifamily Groups including: socializing, go-around, and problem identification/solving and ending with socialization.

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Family Education Curriculum

Purpose: To provide reliable psychoeducational materials in a classroom setting for consumers of mental health services, their families and/or their chosen support system. Duration:Takes place over several weeks and/or months Components:Workshop model led by a mental health professional and peer consultant that follows a standardized syllabus.

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Consumer Centered Family Consultation (CCFC)

Purpose: To integrate the consumer’s family and/or chosen supports into the recovery process of  the consumer.  Consumers are at the center of all decisions Who to invite; which topics to discuss and not to discuss Duration: 1-3 meetings with a consumer of mental health services, their family and/or chosen supports. Components: There are several distinct […]

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Family Psychoeducation

Purpose: A psychoeducational program that can be delivered to an individual family or in a group of 5-8 consumers of mental health services and their families to address mental health educational needs, communication and problem solving skills to support the consumer’s recovery from mental illness. Duration: Longer term intervention (9-24 months or longer) Components: It […]

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Who We’ve Trained

2002-2005-  McFarlane’s Multifamily Psychoeducation Group Initiative This inititative consisted of 34 agencies throughout New York State with half of them organized into Learning Collaboratives. The Family Institute taught this evidence based practice model of multifamily group, provided technical assistance and on-site supervision supporting agencies with setting up, recruiting for and maintaining the groups within their agencies. […]

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Trainings available

The Family Institute for Education, Practice & Research is a resource to mental health providers to learn how to add family support services to assist with the recovery of individuals with mental illness. The Family Institute has the ability to tailor trainings for individuals on a one to one basis, programs within an agency, agency […]

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Family Information Night

Purpose: An informational meeting hosted by a mental health agency/program that has a feel of an Open House with food & drinks being provided. Duration: Flexible. One time, Multiple times per year and/or quarterly. Components: Flexible – depending on the needs of the consumers and their families. Formal presentations by agency staff can be made […]

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Resource Library

Family Institute Training Materials Books Break the Bipolar Cycle The Bipolar Handbook: Real-Life Questions with Up-to-Date Answers Henry’s Demons: A Father and Son’s Journey Out of Madness Ben Behind His Voices: One Family’s Journey from the Chaos of Schizophrenia to Hope Living with Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Individuals and Families Welcome to the Jungle: […]

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