Multi-Family Psycho-Education Group for Assertive Community Treatment Clients and Families of Culturally Diverse Background: A Pilot Study

Assertive Community Treatment Team and Mental Health Court Support Program, Community Mental Health Program, Department of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai Hospital, Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Health Complex and the University of Toronto, 260 Spadina Avenue, Suite 204, Toronto, ON, M5T 2E4, Canada.
Community Mental Health Journal (Impact Factor: 1.03). 04/2010; 46(4):364-71. DOI: 10.1007/s10597-010-9305-5
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This study evaluates the incorporation of Multi-Family Psycho-education Group (MFPG) to an Assertive Community Treatment Team developed to serve culturally diverse clients who suffers from severe mental illness. Participants included Chinese and Tamil clients and their family members. Family members' well-being, perceived burden, and acceptance of clients were assessed before and after the intervention. Focus group interviews with clinicians were conducted to qualitatively examine MFPG. Family members' acceptance increased after MFPG. Regular attendance was associated with reduction in perceived family burden. Culturally competent delivery of MFPG enhanced family members' understanding of mental illness and reduced stress levels and negative feelings towards clients.

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