Psychoeducation is a single session. They can be led by clinically-trained professionals or non-clinical people. At Alpha, psychoeducation sessions are led by our clinical staff, including RNs, pharmacists, and licensed professional counselors. Sessions may allow drop-ins or may be closed to a set number of people. The focus of psychoeducational sessions is to educate patients about a behavioral health condition.
Structured group therapy comprises a finite number of sessions with the same individual participants, e.g., 6-12 with a shared mental health condition. Goals are to improve or resolve issues through interpersonal and experiential communication. Psychoeducation is usually a component of the first session.
Sessions are led by certified or doctorally-prepared providers or advanced practice nurses with experience in running group therapy. The type of therapy used in the group is dependent upon the group leader as well as the topic.