Multi-Family Psychoeducational Psychotherapy (MF-PEP) has been tested in two randomized clinical trials and has been evaluated in a dissemination trial (see Publications page). Results indicate that MF-PEP is associated with decreased mood severity and behavioral symptoms in children, improved family interactions, increased knowledge about mood disorders and improved access to appropriate care.
MF-PEP consists of 8 90-minute sessions, usually held weekly. Sessions begin and end with parents and children together. The bulk of each session is spent separately with parents and children. One therapist works with parents; two therapists work with the children. Families are sent home with weekly projects that extend the learning of the day and provide opportunities for parents and children to work together, with the intention of enhancing their interactions.