Specialist Supportive Clinical Management of Eating Disorders
By Dr Jennifer Jordan, University of Otago, Christchurch
(Chaired by Warren Ward)
Recorded 22 June, 2016) –
Specialist supportive clinical management (SSCM) was originally developed for the Christchurch Anorexia Nervosa treatment study, a comparative psychotherapy outpatient trial for anorexia nervosa as an active non-specific comparison treatment for cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT). SSCM includes a clinical management component, prioritising the establishment of normal eating and weight restoration and provides psycho-education and advice about anorexia nervosa, eating, and weight. As well as the symptom focus, SSCM uses a supportive psychotherapy framework to respond to any other life issues identified by the client. This webinar will present an overview of the theoretical rationale and key strategies of SSCM for anorexia nervosa, and review recent independent applications of SSCM.
Dr Jennifer Jordan
Jennifer Jordan, PhD, Dip Clin Psych,
University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand
Dr Jenny Jordan is a senior research fellow and clinical psychologist working in the Clinical Research Unit of the Department of Psychological Medicine at the University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand. She has worked clinically for many years for the Canterbury District Health Board in a range of mental health settings including a previous stint at the South Island Eating Disorders Service. She has been an investigator and/or therapist in a series of comparative psychotherapy trials for significant mental health problems including eating disorders, depression and research on the treatment of anxiety disorders. Jenny’s major research interest is examining important specific and non-specific factors to try to determine potent elements of therapeutic change that may improve outcomes of psychotherapies.
Jenny was a co-investigator and a therapist on the Christchurch Anorexia Nervosa treatment study and was involved in the team developing Specialist Supportive Clinical Management (SSCM). Dr Virginia McIntosh and Jenny Jordan have co-presented SSCM training workshops at several international conferences, have individually provided training to research teams using SSCM in their treatment trials, or to clinical services wishing to deliver SSCM. Two book chapters and a paper have been published describing SSCM as used in the original psychotherapy trial.