Introduction to Supportive Psychotherapy
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.
- Paperback | 180 pages
- 152.4 x 228.6 x 12.7mm | 272.16g
- 30 Apr 2004
- American Psychiatric Association Publishing
- American Psychiatric Press Inc.
- VA, United States
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