Psycho-education refers to the process of providing education and information to those involved in a therapeutic process. It is an essential component of any therapeutic intervention with children and their families. When a person is well informed about a condition, there is an increased sense of control and a reduction of stress. Psycho-education is likely to be ongoing throughout the treatment process and occurs within the child’s therapy as well as during separate parent sessions.
Psycho-education is useful in understanding a diagnosis in consideration of the child’s developmental stage and their individual needs. It also aims to present options regarding most appropriate treatment and support structures as well as financial assistance that may be available to the child and the family.
Effectivenessof psycho-education depends your belief and value in the therapeutic process and your willingness to actively learn. Although knowing about a child’s condition is very important, psycho-education is not a stand alone treatment option. Learning and knowing promote self-efficacy: an essential feature in the treatment of any problem.
Psycho-education can extend to parents, siblings, extended family, teachers and others involved in the child’s day-to-day life.
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