DIAGNOSIS: Schizophrenia

TREATMENT: Group Psychoeducation for Schizophrenia


  • Basic premise: "Psychoeducation treatment involves providing patients with information about bipolar disorder and its treatment, with a primary goal being to improve adherence to pharmacological treatment by helping patients understand the biological roots of the disorder and the rationale for pharmacological treatments. Patients are also taught the early warning signs for episodes, and common triggers for symptoms. Psychoeducation interventions are typically—but not always—held in group format. The best tested approach consists of 21 group sessions (Colom & Vieta, 2006)."



Psychoeducational groups for patients with schizophrenia: A guide for practitioners (Ascher-Svanum, H., & Krause, A. A.)


Resources (Early Psychosis Intervention)


Aho-Mustonen, K., Tiihonen, J., Repo-Tiihonen, E., Ryynänen, O. -P., Miettinen, R., & Raty, H. (2011). Group psychoeducation for long-term offender patients with schizophrenia: An exploratory randomised controlled trial. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, 21(3), 163-176.

Andres, K., Pfammatter, M., Fries, A., & Brenner, H. D. (2003). The significance of coping as a therapeutic variable for the outcome of psychological therapy in schizophrenia. European Psychiatry, 18(4), 149-154.

Borras, L., Boucherie, M., Mohr, S., Lecomte, T., Perroud, N., & Huguelet, P. (2009). Increasing self-esteem: efficacy of a group intervention for individuals with severe mental disorders. European Psychiatry, 24(5), 307-316.

Burlingame, G. M., Svien, H, Hoppe, L., Hunt, I., & Rosendahl, J. (2020). Group therapy for schizophrenia: A meta-analysis. Psychotherapy, 57(2), 219-236.

Chien, W. T., Bressington, D., Yip, A., & Karatzias, T. (2017). An international multi-site, randomized controlled trial of a mindfulness-based psychoeducation group programme for people with schizophrenia. Psychological Medicine, 47(12).

Vreeland, B., Minsky, S., Yanos, P. T., Menza, M., Gara, M., Kim, E., Toto, A. M., & Allen, L. (2006). Efficacy of the team solutions program for educating patients about illness management and treatment. Psychiatric Services, 57(6), 822-828.

Wang, L. -Q., Chien, W. T., Yip, L. K., & Karatzias, T. (2016). A randomized controlled trial of a mindfulness-based intervention program for people with schizophrenia: 6-month follow-up. Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, 12, 3097-3110.