Psychoeducation can be defined as “professionally delivered treatment modality that integrates and synergizes psychotherapeutic and educational interventions” (Lukens and McFarlane 2004, p. 206).
Psychoeducational groups on mentalizing are not designed to be stand-alone interventions; rather, they are integral to multimodal part of a holistic treatment programs. This training is based on the premise that Psychoeducational groups on mentalizing are focused on helping clients to understand and gaining knowledge on some aspects of their difficulties and strengths in mentalizing, and the therapeutic approach they are using as treatment. In this training we will look at the structured verbal nature of this group work, exploring the possibilities of introducing the non-verbal component, the use of the arts as an important resource to foster transition between implicit and explicit experiences and learning processes.
The aim of this training is to understand that by developing Psychoeducation groups of this nature within our practice as arts psychotherapists we will enhance client’s participation in treatment as a whole. The importance of Psychoeducation relies on the principle that clients are better able to collaborate with their treatment when they understand what we, as clinicians are aiming to work collaboratively with them.