Basic Concepts | Strategies | Techniques
Many of the therapeutic interventions used in supportive psychotherapy
can be viewed as a form of teaching, a process of imparting knowledge.
The encoding of the information taught by the therapist constitutes
the other half of the therapeutic process. In general, learning
is the cognitive process of acquiring skill or knowledge. Memory
is the retention of learned information. Psychotherapy can be considered
a controlled form of learning (Etkin et al. 2005) through
the acquisition of a combination of skills and knowledge. Incorporating
the research on adult learning into supportive psychotherapy may
enhance its effectiveness.