Enhancing Peer Collaboration Through Supportive Communication Supportive communication is a means of interpersonal interaction with others. Through supportive communication, the sender conveys a message of encouragement or support when offering constructive feedback. Supportive communication should be problem-, not person-oriented; descriptive, not evaluative; validating, not invalidating; specific, not global; and listening, not one-way (Gradinaru, 2019). Use these prompts to guide an original response. Self-evaluate by describing a time you fell short in following through with one aspect of supportive communication. Mention the specific aspect in your response. Given a future similar interaction, describe how you could use an aspect of supportive communication to strengthen a relationship within your school or organization.