Dr Ian Jones

The Think-Tank seminar series

Psychoeducation for bipolar disorder - development of a group and on-line intervention


Dr Ian Jones is a Reader in Perinatal Psychiatry and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist in the National Centre for Mental Health, Cardiff University. His research focuses on clinical and molecular genetic studies of affective disorders in general and postpartum psychosis in particular. He has authored or co-authored over 160 publications and book chapters in the fields of mood disorder genetics and perintatal psychiatry. His main clinical interest is developing services to identify women at risk of severe postpartum episodes. He is a co-director of Bipolar Education Programme Cymru (BEP-C) which has received Big Lottery funding to develop and deliver psychoeducation for bipolar disorder across Wales. As part of this work he has developed specific online interactive modules for women with bipolar disorder considering pregnancy and to train midwifes in perinatal mental health. He is current President of the UK and Ireland Marcé society and in 2010 was awarded the Marcé Medal for his research on postpartum psychosis. He is chair of Action on Postpartum Psychosis.

Date and time

12:00 - 1:00pm, 26 October 2012


Educating people about their diagnosis is a key aspect of helping people with many conditions. Surprisingly, this has not been widespread in mental health. Psychoeducation is an evidenced based approach which aims to help people better manage their bipolar disorder. With funding from the Big Lottery we have developed and are delivering both group psychoeducation for bipolar disorder (Bipolar Education Programme - Cymru, BEP-C) and on line modules (Beating Bipolar). In this talk I will review the evidence of efficacy for psychoeducation and describe the approach we are taking in Cardiff. I will also describe particular modules we have developed for women with bipolar disorder, family and carers, and for specific professional groups such as midwives and primary care.