Teaching supportive psychotherapy in the twenty-first century

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Although supportive psychotherapy has had a long history in our field, relatively little attention has been paid to defining a body of material that residents should be taught in order to fulfill our current educational mandate. Teaching the evidence base for the efficacy of supportive psychotherapy is reviewed. The article then discusses three different conceptualizations of supportive psychotherapyas comprising the fundamental elements of all psychotherapies, as one end of a spectrum of dynamic therapies, and as a distinct set of directly helpful therapeutic interventions. The importance of each of these perspectives to an integrated model of supportive therapy is discussed in the context of the teaching and training needs of psychiatric residents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-267
Number of pages9
JournalHarvard Review of Psychiatry
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012


  • Education
  • Psychotherapy
  • Residents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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