Multi-Family Psychoeducational Psychotherapy (MF-PEP)

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About This Program

Target Population: Children aged 8-12 with major mood disorders (depressive and bipolar spectrum) and their parents

For children/adolescents ages: 8 – 12

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 8 – 12

Brief Description

MF-PEP is a manual-based group treatment for children aged 8-12 with mood disorders (depressive and bipolar spectrum disorders). MF-PEP is based on a biopsychosocial framework and utilizes cognitive-behavioral and family-systems based interventions. MF-PEP is an 8-session, 90-minutes-per-session group treatment that begins and ends with children and parents together; the bulk of each session is run separately for parents and children.

There is also an individual version of Psychoeducational Psychotherapy known as Individual Family - Psychoeducational Psychotherapy (IF-PEP) that is listed in this topic area.

Program Goals:

The goals of Multi-Family - Psychoeducational Psychotherapy (MF-PEP) are:

  • Learn about the symptoms of mood disorders
  • Effectively manage the symptoms of mood disorders
  • Improve communication
  • Improve problem solving
  • Improve emotion regulation
  • Decrease family tension
  • Improve consumer skills
  • Reduce symptom severity
  • Improve functioning

Contact Information

Mary A. Fristad, PhD, ABPP
Agency/Affiliation: The Ohio State University
Phone: (614) 293-4572
Fax: (614) 293-4949

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: February 2018

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: February 2018

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: August 2010