A psychoeducational group is a specific type of group therapy that focuses on educating clients about their disorders and ways of coping. It's based on the principles of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

According to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA):

Psychoeducational groups are designed to educate clients about substance abuse, and related behaviors and consequences. This type of group presents structured, group‐specific content, often taught using videotapes, audiocassette, or lectures by someone educated on the topic. These groups provide information designed to have a direct application to clients’ lives—to instill self‐awareness, suggest options for growth and change, identify community resources that can assist clients in recovery, develop an understanding of the process of recovery, and prompt people using substances to take action on their own behalf, such as entering a treatment program. While psychoeducational groups may inform clients about psychological issues, they do not aim at intrapsychic change, though such individual changes in thinking and feeling often do occur.

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