Psychoeducation in the treatment of youth mental health issues (February 2016)

Using psychoeducation to provide young people (and their families) with information on their mental illness helps them feel more engaged, reduces stigma, and empowers them in a situation where they are likely to feel helpless. Following an overview of the theory and evidence-base, this webinar will focus on how to use psychoeducation to work with and engage young people who have mental health issues. The webinar will also focus on how to tailor the psychoeducation for a young person’s specific needs and presenting issues. 

The information in this webinar is current as at February, 2016.

Who is this webinar for?

Clinicians who work with young people in mental health services, primary care settings and other areas of health and human services.

What will you learn in this webinar?

  • The challenges and clinical dilemmas of engaging young people using psychoeducation material

  • The basic skills involved in providing psychoeducation

  • The strategies for tailoring psychoeducation to a client’s stage of illness and knowledge level

  • Identification of appropriate psychoeducation resources


Dr Alex Parker, Senior Research Fellow, Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health
Dr. Alex Parker is a Psychologist and Senior Research Fellow with Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health. Alex has been involved in early intervention research and worked in youth mental health services for the past 10 years. She also leads the headspace Centre of Excellence, operated by Orygen.

Alex is leading a major Australia-wide investigation, funded by the NHMRC, into the effects of incorporating physical activity into routine clinical care for young people with depression.