Meet the Speakers: Principles of Supportive Psychotherapy Course

WCP Online Learning Program || Course 2 || Principles of Supportive Psychotherapy

April 22, 2021 @ 12pm UTC (3 hour course beginning at 8 AM EST, USA time) ________________________________________________________________


Dr. César A. Alfonso (USA)-Course Director

Chair of the WPA Psychotherapy Section

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry Columbia University Medical Center

Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry Universitas Indonesia

Visiting Professor of Psychiatry, National University of Malaysia

César A. Alfonso, M.D. is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, Adjunct Professor at the University of Indonesia and Visiting Professor at the National University of Malaysia. He teaches at New York Medical College and Northwell Health in New York. He is Chair of WPA’s Psychotherapy Section. His work includes the study of the psychodynamic determinants of treatment adherence, biopsychosocial and transcultural aspects of suicide, the clinical care of persons with low vision and medical multimorbidities and design of psychotherapy courses. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), Fellow of the Academy of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry (ACLP), the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) and the American Academy of Psychodynamic Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis (AAPDPP). He was President of the AAPDPP (2010-2012). Dr. Alfonso is Editor of Psychodynamic Psychiatry and has published over 100 articles, 17 textbook chapters and two edited books: Suicide by Self-Immolation: Biopsychosocial and Transcultural Aspects (Springer, 2021) and Advances in Psychodynamic Psychiatry (Guilford Press, 2018). He is an editor in the upcoming (2022) book Tasman’s Psychiatry (Springer, 2022).

Dr. Erin Crocker (USA)

Co-Chair of Psychotherapy Committee,


WPA Psychotherapy Section SIG Chair-Cultural Adaptations of Supportive Psychotherapy

University of Iowa Department of Psychiatry Training Director

Dr. Erin Crocker is the Residency Training Director and a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Her primary clinical interests are in the areas of outpatient and perinatal psychiatry and in the use of brief supportive therapy in all patient care settings. She serves as a Provider Communication specialist at the University of Iowa, helping providers to enhance their relationship-centered communication skills with patients. She is the chair of the Psychotherapy Committee of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT). Her work has focused on preparing psychiatry residents to make best use of psychotherapy supervision, and developing therapy ratings scales for supervisors to evaluate resident performance in supportive therapy and in psychodynamic therapy. Her curriculum and most recent chapter on Supportive Psychotherapy are featured on the Online Learning Portal of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA).

Dr. David Teo Choon Liang (Singapore)

WPA Psychotherapy Section SIG Chair- Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry

Consultant Psychiatrist; Department of Psychological Medicine ;Changi General Hospital

Dr David Teo Choon Liang is a consultant psychiatrist with the Department of Psychological Medicine, Changi General Hospital. A Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (United Kingdom) and Fellow of the College of Psychiatrists, Academy of Medicine Singapore. Dr. Teo is a Clinical Assistant Professor with Duke-NUS Medical School, Clinical Senior Lecturer with the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore and Clinical Core Faculty with Singapore’s National Psychiatry Residency Programme. He is programme director of a government-funded community mental health shared care programme and leads a medical humanities initiative in his institution. Dr. Teo’s clinical and research interests are in adolescent psychiatry, consultation-liaison psychiatry, integrating psychotherapy and somatic treatments, suicide prevention and spirituality and religion in psychiatry. He has published in international journals, authored book chapters and is involved in editorial work.

Assoc. Prof. Rasmon Kalayasiri (Thailand)

Program Director Grad. Dip. in Mental Health:Substance Dependence and Psychiatric Disorders

Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University

Rasmon Kalayasiri, M.D. is Associate Profes