DIAGNOSIS: Schizophrenia

TREATMENT: Multi-Family Group For Schizophrenia


  • Basic premise: "Multifamily group treatment (MFGT) is an evidence-based intervention for treating persons with severe mental illness, particularly schizophrenia, and their families that integrates psychoeducation and behavioral family therapy in a multiple-family group format. Although multifamily group treatment was first pioneered more than half a century ago by Laqueur (Laqueur et al., 1964), only in the past 15 years has a coherent theoretical model and empirical evidence for its effectiveness been available to clinicians."



Multifamily groups in the treatment of severe psychiatric disorders (McFarlane, W. R.)


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