ANZAED Virtual 2021 Workshop: An Introduction to Specialist Supportive Clinical Management (SSCM) for Eating Disorders

Specialist Supportive Clinical Management (SSCM) is a psychotherapy with a growing body of evidence, showing promising potential for the treatment of anorexia nervosa.

SSCM has two distinct components: clinical management, which involves alleviation of the symptoms of anorexia nervosa, particularly focusing on weight gain via resumption of normal eating; and a supportive psychotherapeutic approach to issues identified by the patient as important, including life issues that may impact on the eating disorder.

This workshop will include didactic teaching about SSCM, its origins in clinical management and supportive psychotherapy, and an outline of existing research with SSCM. Key therapeutic strategies will be described and the application of SSCM will be presented, using case presentations, role plays and discussion of strategies.

Learning objectives: After this workshop, participants will:

  • be aware of the evidence base for SSCM
  • able to describe key elements of the therapy, including distinct and common factors
  • have an understanding of how to implement the treatment
  • have had the opportunity to practice key strategies

Friday 26 November & Saturday 27 November 2021
10.00am – 4.30pm AEDT (on both days)

Registration Fee: $300 Members; $380 Non-Members

Jenny Jordan will also be offering follow up supervision sessions. These sessions will take place online through zoom.

Costs for these supervision sessions: $70 plus GST(ANZAED members) or $95 plus GST (non-members) per session. Time for these sessions will be set in agreement with the participants.

You can book your spot for these sessions through the workshop registration link.

This workshop will be delivered by zoom. We will pace the workshop, with four 75-minute sessions each day. We will provide regular breaks, with opportunities for discussion and small group practice using breakout rooms.

Please note that the below times are in AEDT. To view your local time click here.

Day 1:
10.00am – 11.15am – The origins of SSCM
11.15am – 11.30am – Break
11.30am – 12.45pm – E
vidence so far
12.45pm – 1.45pm – Lunch Break
1.45pm – 3.00pm –
Overview of the SSCM
3.00pm – 3.15pm – Break
3.15pm – 4.30pm –
Case presentations

Day 2:

10.00am – 11.15am – Understanding distinct and shared factors
11.15am – 11.30am – Break
11.30am – 12.45pm – 
Practice of key strategies
12.45pm – 1.45pm – Lunch Break
1.45pm – 3.00pm –
Practice of key strategies
3.00pm – 3.15pm – Break
3.15pm – 4.30pm –
The place of SSCM- now and in the future?


Jennifer Jordan, PhD (Otago), Dip Clin Psyc (Cant), FNZCCP
Jenny Jordan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand where she undertakes research and teaching on postgraduate mental health and addiction papers. She also works as a clinical psychologist for the Canterbury District Health Board Specialist Mental Health Clinical Research Unit in psychotherapy research studies and clinically in an outpatient alcohol and drug service. Her primary research interest is clinical research for significant mental health problems, including comparative psychotherapy trials, translational research, and examining factors influencing psychotherapy outcomes. She leads the Costs of Eating Disorders in New Zealand collaboration and co-leads the New Zealand arm of the EDGI study, the international genetics of eating disorders consortium. She has been an investigator and therapist on two randomised controlled trials for eating disorders: the original trial where SSCM was utilised for anorexia nervosa for the first time, and a trial of cognitive therapies for bulimia nervosa or binge eating disorder.