Family Psychoeducation (FPE), also called MultiFamily Groups or Family Connections Groups, is an evidence-based practice that gives individuals and families information about mental illnesses, helps families build social supports, and enhances problem-solving, communication and coping skills of persons served.
Through education, support and problem-solving, the person served, family, support people, and service providers work together to stabilize symptoms and work toward goals. FPE is an approach for partnering with individuals and families. It is NOT family therapy.
Multi-family Groups bring together a team made up of a person with a mental illness, their family members and support people, and two CMH workers, with other individuals who have the same diagnosis and their families in a group setting to work on recovery.