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WPA Online Learning Program || Recommended Reading List
Course 2. Principles of Supportive Psychotherapy

Thank you for attending the WPA Principles of Supportive Psychotherapy Course delivered as part of the World Congress of Psychiatry (WCP) Online Learning Program.  Below you will find the readings and resources recommended by the Course presenters, Dr. César A. Alfonso, Dr. Erin Crocker, Dr. David Teo Choon Liang and Assoc. Prof. Rasmon Kalayasiri.  Together with the course, these will be made available in coming weeks on WPA's Education Portal.

Resources recommended by César A. Alfonso, M.D. || Common Factors in Psychotherapy

Feinstein R, Heiman N, Yager J. (2015) Common factors affecting psychotherapy outcomes: some implications for teaching psychotherapy. J Psychiatr Pract 21(3):180-9


Fisher H, Atzil-Slonim D, Bar-Kalifa E, Rafaeli E, Peri T (2016). Emotional experience and alliance contribute to therapeutic change in psychodynamic therapy. Psychotherapy (Chic) 53(1):105-116


Horvath, AO, Del Re AC, Flückiger C, Symonds D (2011) Alliance in individual psychotherapy, Psychotherapy 48(1):9-16.


Hofmann SG, Barlow DH (2014) Evidence-based psychological interventions and the common factors approach: the beginnings of a rapprochement? Psychotherapy 51(4):510-3.


Laska KM, Gurman AS,Wampold BE (2014). Expanding the lens of evidence-based practice in psychotherapy: a common factors perspective. Psychotherapy 51(4):467-481.


Lietaer, G. (1993). Authenticity, congruence and transparency. In Brazier, D. (Ed..), Beyond Carl Rogers. London: Constable.


Nahum, D., Tasman A., Alfonso, CA, Sonmez E (2017) Common factors in Psychotherapy, In K Fountoulakis and A Javed: Advances in Psychiatry, 4th Edition, Springer Nature. 


Preston SD, Hofelich AJ (2012). The many faces of empathy: Parsing empathic phenomena through a proximate, dynamic-systems view of representing the other in the self. Emotion Review 4:24–33.


Sullivan HS (1954) The Psychiatric Interview. WW Norton & Company: New York.


Tschacher W, Haken H, Kyseloz M. Alliance: a common factor of psychotherapy modeled by structural theory. Front Psychol 6:421. 


Wampold BE (2015). How important are the common factors in psychotherapy? An update. World Psychiatry 14(3):270-277. 

Resources recommended by Erin Crocker, M.D. || Fundamentals of Supportive Psychotherapy

'Learning Specific Psychotherapies' an extract from 'Psychotherapy: A Practical Introduction’ can be downloaded from WPA’s Educational Portal (Module 2 of the Psychotherapy Course: Supportive Psychotherapy)

Crocker, E.M. (2017). Supportive Psychotherapy. In D.W. Black (Ed.), Psychotherapy. Scientific American Psychiatry.


Winston, A., Rosenthal, R. N., & Pinsker, H. (2012). Learning supportive psychotherapy: An illustrated guide. American Psychiatric Publishing.


Bloch, S. (2006).  An introduction to the psychotherapies. Oxford University Press.


Novalis, P. N., Virginia Singer, D. N. P., & Peele, R. (2019). Clinical manual of supportive psychotherapy. American Psychiatric Publishing.


Piper, W. E., Joyce, A. S., McCallum, M., Azim, H. F., & Ogrodniczuk, J. S. (2002). Interpretive and supportive psychotherapies: Matching therapy and patient personality. American Psychological Association.


Welton, R.S., & Crocker, E.M. (2020).  Supportive Psychotherapy.  In A. M. Brenner & L. S. Howe-Martin (Eds.)., Psychotherapy: A Practical Introduction. Wolters Kluwer.


Frank, J. D., & Frank, J. B. (1993). Persuasion and healing: A comparative study of psychotherapy. JHU Press.


Plakun, E. M., Sudak, D. M., & Goldberg, D. (2009). The Y model: an integrated, evidence-based approach to teaching psychotherapy competencies. Journal of Psychiatric Practice, 15(1), 5-11.


Cuijpers, P., Driessen, E., Hollon, S. D., van Oppen, P., Barth, J., & Andersson, G. (2012). The efficacy of non-directive supportive therapy for adult depression: a meta-analysis. Clinical psychology review, 32(4), 280-291.


Zitrin, C. M., Klein, D. F., & Woerner, M. G. (1978). Behavior therapy, supportive psychotherapy, imipramine, and phobias. Archives of General Psychiatry, 35(3), 307-316.


Klein, D. F., Zitrin, C. M., Woerner, M. G., & Ross, D. C. (1983). Treatment of phobias: II. Behavior therapy and supportive psychotherapy: Are there any specific ingredients?. Archives of General Psychiatry, 40(2), 139-145.


Lipsitz, J. D., Gur, M., Vermes, D., Petkova, E., Cheng, J., Miller, N.,Laino, J., Liebowitz, M.R., & Fyer, A. J. (2008). A randomized trial of interpersonal therapy versus supportive therapy for social anxiety disorder. Depression and Anxiety, 25(6), 542-553.


Gunderson, J. G., Frank, A. F., Katz, H. M., Vannicelli, M. L., Frosch, J. P., & Knapp, P. H. (1984). Effects of psychotherapy in schizophrenia: II. Comparative outcome of two forms of treatment. Schizophrenia bulletin, 10(4), 564-598.


Rosenbaum, B., Harder, S., Knudsen, P., et al. (2012). Supportive psychodynamic psychotherapy versus treatment as usual for first-episode psychosis: two-year outcome. Psychiatry: Interpersonal & Biological Processes, 75(4), 331-341.


Hellerstein, D. J., Rosenthal, R. N., Pinsker, H., Samstag, L. W., Muran, J. C., & Winston, A. (1998). A randomized prospective study comparing supportive and dynamic therapies: Outcome and alliance. The Journal of Psychotherapy Practice and Research, 7(4), 261.


Clarkin, J. F., Levy, K. N., Lenzenweger, M. F., & Kernberg, O. F. (2007). Evaluating three treatments for borderline personality disorder: A multiwave study. American journal of psychiatry, 164(6), 922-928.


Jørgensen, C. R., Freund, C., Bøye, R., Jordet, H., Andersen, D., & Kjølbye, M. (2013). Outcome of mentalization‐based and supportive psychotherapy in patients with borderline personality disorder: a randomized trial. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 127(4), 305-317.

McIntosh, V. V., Jordan, J., Carter, F. A., et al. (2005). Three psychotherapies for anorexia nervosa: a randomized, controlled trial. American Journal of Psychiatry, 162(4), 741-747.


O‘Malley, S. S., Jaffe, A. J., Chang, G., Schottenfeld, R. S., Meyer, R. E., & Rounsaville, B. (1992). Naltrexone and coping skills therapy for alcohol dependence: a controlled study. Archives of general psychiatry, 49(11), 881-887.


Schindler, B. A., Shook, J., & Schwartz, G. M. (1989). Beneficial effects of psychiatric intervention on recovery after coronary artery bypass graft surgery. General hospital psychiatry, 11(5), 358-364.


Salzmann, S., Euteneuer, F., Laferton, J. A., et al. (2017). Effects of preoperative psychological interventions on catecholamine and cortisol levels after surgery in coronary artery bypass graft patients: The randomized controlled PSY-HEART trial. Psychosomatic medicine, 79(7), 806-814.


Sjödin, I., Svedlund, J., Ottosson, J. O., & Dotevall, G. (1986). Controlled study of psychotherapy in chronic peptic ulcer disease. Psychosomatics, 27(3), 187-200.


Svedlund, J. (1983). Psychotherapy in irritable bowel syndrome: a controlled outcome study. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 67, 1-86.


Taylor, C. B., Zlutnick, S. I., Corley, M. J., & Flora, J. (1980). The effects of detoxification, relaxation, and brief supportive therapy on chronic pain. Pain, 8(3), 319-329.


Rutledge, T., Atkinson, J. H., Chircop-Rollick, T., et al. (2018). Randomized controlled trial of telephone-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy versus supportive care for chronic back pain. The Clinical journal of pain, 34(4), 322.


Spiegel, D., Bloom, J. R., & Yalom, I. (1981). Group support for patients with metastatic cancer: A randomized prospective outcome study. Archives of general psychiatry, 38(5), 527-533.


Mukherjee, A., Mazumder, K., Kaushal, V., & Ghoshal, S. (2017). Effect of supportive psychotherapy on mental health status and quality of life of female cancer patients receiving chemotherapy for recurrent disease. Indian Journal of Palliative Care, 23(4), 399.


Blanco, C., Markowitz, J. C., Hellerstein, D. J., et al. (2019). A randomized trial of interpersonal psychotherapy, problem solving therapy, and supportive therapy for major depressive disorder in women with breast cancer. Breast cancer research and treatment, 173(2), 353-364.


Naccarato, A. M. E. P., Reis, L. O., Ferreira, U., & Denardi, F. (2016). Psychotherapy and phosphodiesterase‐5 inhibitor in early rehabilitation after radical prostatectomy: a prospective randomised controlled trial. Andrologia, 48(10), 1183-1187.


Cabaniss, D.L. 3-Step Supportive Psychotherapy Manual. 2015; Available from:


Rockland, L. H. (1993). A review of supportive psychotherapy, 1986-1992. Psychiatric Services, 44(11), 1053-1060.

Resources recommended by David Teo, M.D. || Psychotherapy in the Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Setting

Barrows KA, Jacobs BP. Mind-body medicine: an introduction and review of the literature. Medical Clinics. 2002 Jan 1;86(1):11-31.

Bartholomew K, Horowitz LM. Attachment styles among young adults: a test of a four-category model. Journal of personality and social psychology. 1991 Aug;61(2):226.

Ciechanowski, P. S., Katon, W. J., Russo, J. E., & Walker, E. A. (2001) The patient-provider relationship: Attachment theory and adherence to treatment in diabetes, The American Journal of Psychiatry, 158(1), 29-35.

Fawzy  FIFawzy  NWHuyn  CSElashoff  RMorton  DCousins  NFahey  JL Effects of an early structured psychiatric intervention, coping and affective state on recurrence and survival 6 years later.  Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1993;50681- 689.

Fonagy, P., Leigh, T., Steele, M., Steele, H., Kennedy, R., & Matoon, G. (1996) The relation of attachment status, psychiatric classification, and response to psychotherapy, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64, 22-31.

Griffith JL, Gaby L. Brief psychotherapy at the bedside: countering demoralization from medical illness. Psychosomatics. 2005 Mar 1;46(2):109-16.

Groves, J.E. (1978) Taking care of the hateful patient. N Engl J Med, 298, 883-887.


Groves MS, Muskin PR. Psychological Responses to Illness. In: Levenson JL, editor. The American Psychiatric Association Publishing Textbook of Psychosomatic Medicine and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. Third ed. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association Publishing; 2018. p. 53-81.


Holland JC, Brietbart W, Jacobsen PB. Psycho-oncology. New York: Oxford University Press; 1998.


Hunter JJ, Maunder RG, Gupta M. Teaching consultation-liaison psychotherapy: assessment of adaptation to medical and surgical illness. Academic Psychiatry. 2007 Sep;31(5):367-74.


Jacquelyn Summers, Renee Robinson, Lisa Capps, Sidney Zisook, J. Hampton Atkinson, Emily Mccutchan, J. Allen Mccutchan, Reena Deutsch, Thomas Patterson, Igor Grant, The Influence of HIV-Related Support Groups on Survival in Women Who Lived With HIV: A Pilot Study, Psychosomatics, Volume 41, Issue 3, 2000, Pages 262-268.


Kuchler  Thenne Bruns  DRappat  SGraul  JHolst  KWilliams  JIWood-Dauphinee  S Impact of psychotherapeutic support on gastrointestinal cancer patients undergoing surgery: survival results of a trial.  Hepatogastroenterology. 1999;46322- 335.


Lipsitt DR. Consultation-liaison psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine: the company they keep. Psychosomatic Medicine. 2001 Nov 1;63(6):896-909.

Lolak S. Bedside psychotherapy: Brief and surprisingly effective. Current Psychiatry. 2004 Aug;3(8):11-20.


Mintz, D. (2005) The psychology of psychopharmacology, Academic Psychiatry, 29, 187-194.  


Muskin PR. The combined use of psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy in the medical setting. Psychiatric Clinics. 1990 Jun 1;13(2):341-53.


Racker H. The Meanings and Uses of Countertransference. The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. 2007;76(3):725-77.


Richardson  JLShelton  DRKrailo  MLevine  AM The effect of compliance with treatment on survival among patients with hematologic malignancies.  J Clin Oncol.1990;8356- 364.


Spiegel  D, Bloom  JR, Kramer  AC,  Effects of psychosocial treatment on the survival of patients with metastatic breast cancer.  Lancet. 1989;2888.


Ursano RJ, Silberman EK. Psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and supportive psychotherapy. Textbook of Psychiatry. 4th ed. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Publishing Inc. 2003:1177-203.


Viederman M, Perry SW, 3rd. Use of a psychodynamic life narrative in the treatment of depression in the physically ill. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 1980;2(3):177-85.


Vaillant GE. The wisdom of the ego. Harvard University Press; 1995.


Whalley, B., Rees, K., Davies, P., Bennett, P., Ebrahim, S., Liu, Z., Taylor, R. S. (2011). Psychological interventions for coronary heart disease. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 8, CD002902.


Wright, J. H., Beck, A. T., & Thase, M. E. (2003). Cognitive therapy. In R. E. Hales & S. C. Yudofsky (Eds.), The American Psychiatric Publishing textbook of clinical psychiatry (p. 1245–1284). American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.

Resources recommended by Rasmon Kalayasiri, M.D. || Psychotherapy in Addiction Psychiatry Setting

Koob GF, Ahmed SH, Boutrel B, Chen SA, Kenny PJ, Markou A, O'Dell LE, Parsons LH, Sanna PP. (2004). Neurobiological mechanisms in the transition from drug use to drug dependence. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 27(8):739-49.


Mark D, Luborsky L. (1992). A manual for the use of supportive-expressive psychotherapy in the treatment of cocaine abuse. Philadelphia: Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania.


McHugh, R. K., Hearon, B. A., & Otto, M. W. (2010). Cognitive behavioral therapy for substance use disorders. The Psychiatric clinics of North America, 33(3), 511–525.


Miller, W. R., & Rollnick, S. (2002). Motivational interviewing: Preparing people for change (2nd ed.). The Guilford Press.


NIDA Info Facts. (2009). National Institute on Drug Abuse. Available online at :


Prochaska, J. O., & DiClemente, C. C. (1982). Transtheoretical therapy: Toward a more integrative model of change. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research & Practice, 19(3), 276–288.


Rawson, R., Shoptaw, S.J., Obert, J.L., McCann, M.J., Hasson, A.L., Marinelli-Casey, P.J., Brethen, P.R., Ling, W. (1995). An intensive outpatient approach for cocaine abuse: The Matrix model. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 12(2):117-127.


Riccardo De Giorgi et al. (2018). Psychosocial interventions in stimulant use disorders: a systematic review and qualitative synthesis of randomized controlled trials. Riv Psichiatr. 53(5):233-255.

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