Introduction to Supportive Psychotherapy

Introduction to Supportive Psychotherapy

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Supportive psychotherapyAthe most widely practiced form of individual psychotherapy todayAdraws on a depth and breadth of skills to exercise the discipline effectively. Recognizing the importance of this therapy to the field, the Psychiatry Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) mandated that competence in supportive psychotherapy is required of all psychiatry residents. One of five volumes in the groundbreaking Core Competencies in Psychotherapy series, this remarkable clinical guide will be a trusted resource for how to do supportive psychotherapy. Extensively detailed clinical vignettes are woven into each aspect of supportive psychotherapy discussed in this concise yet comprehensive work. In nine informative chapters, the authors cover the basic principles of supportive psychotherapy, clarifying the placement of supportive psychotherapy in a continuum of supportive to expressive psychotherapy that corresponds with the extent and level of a patient's psychopathology. They detail the general framework of supportive psychotherapy, including indications, phases of treatment, beginning and ending sessions, professional boundaries, therapeutic relationship issues (e.g., transference, countertransference, therapeutic alliance), and self-disclosure guidelines. More specifically, the authors discuss four major areas: -Establishing and maintaining a positive therapeutic alliance -Understanding and formulating patients' problems (i.e., how to perform a thorough patient evaluation and case formulation) -Setting realistic treatment goals with patients, helping them maintain or reestablish their best possible level of functioning given the limitations of their personality, native ability, and life circumstances -Knowing what to say to patients (i.e., practical techniques that can be used right away) The authors also present evidence for the efficacy of supportive psychotherapy, with a summary of a number of outcome trials. In concluding chapters, they discuss crisis intervention, special populations (e.g., patients with chronic mental illness and comorbid conditions), and the criteria used to determine competency in this field. Although intended primarily for beginning therapists who need to learn the fundamentals of psychotherapy and in particular, how to talk with psychotherapy patients, this practical workAcomplete with index and referencesAwill be immediately useful among a much wider audience: students in introductory courses in psychotherapy, supportive psychotherapy, treatment planning, and medicine; psychiatry residents who need to demonstrate competency in this form of psychotherapy; and seasoned practitioners in psychiatry, psychology, social work, occupational and recreational therapy, and medicine.show more

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  • Paperback | 180 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 12.7mm | 272.16g
  • American Psychiatric Association Publishing
  • American Psychiatric Press Inc.
  • VA, United States
  • English
  • 1585621471
  • 9781585621477
  • 642,043

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"This one by Drs. Winston, Rosenthal, and Pinsker captures the experiences of this nation's supportive psychotherapy center for the past two decades: New York's Beth Israel...Each of us comes into psychiatry with a repertoire of interactive skills that can change human behavior. [ "Introduction to Supportive Psychotherapy"] provides an excellent resource to increase that repertoire."-- "American Journal of Psychiatry", "November 2006"show more

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Supportive psychotherapy--the most widely practiced form of individual psychotherapy today--draws on a depth and breadth of skills to exercise the discipline effectively. Recognizing the importance of this therapy to the field, the Psychiatry Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) mandated that competence in supportive psychotherapy is required of all psychiatry residents.One of five volumes in the groundbreaking Core Competencies in Psychotherapy series, this concise yet comprehensive work will be a trusted guide for learning how to do supportive psychotherapy. Offering a bedrock of knowledge from which to develop essential skills, the book provides extensively detailed clinical vignettes to show how to establish and maintain a positive therapeutic alliance, understand and formulate patients' problems, set realistic treatment goals with patients, and talk with patients. Concluding chapters discuss the efficacy of supportive psychotherapy, crisis intervention, special populations (e.g., patients with chronic mental illness), and the criteria used to determine competency in this therapy.This practical volume, complete with index and references, will be immediately useful among an exceptionally wide audience: students in introductory courses, beginning therapists navigating the therapeutic relationship with psychotherapy patients, psychiatry residents who need to demonstrate competency in the field, and seasoned practitioners in psychiatry, psychology, social work, occupational and recreational therapy, and medicine.show more

About Arnold Winston

Arnold Winston, M.D., is Chairman, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, New York; and Professor and Vice Chairman, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York. Richard N. Rosenthal, M.D., is Chairman, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health Services at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York, New York; and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York, New York. Henry Pinsker, M.D., is Honorary Attending, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Beth Israel Medical Center; and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry (retired), Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, New York.show more

Table of contents

Introduction. Basic principles of supportive psychotherapy. Objectives and mode of action. Interventions (what to say). Assessment, case formulation, goal setting, and outcome research. General framework of supportive psychotherapy. The therapeutic relationship. Crisis intervention. Applicability to special populations. Evaluating competence. References. Index.show more

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