October 14, 2019 - 9:00am
23rd July 2019


Specialist supportive clinical management (or SSCM) is a psychotherapy with a growing body of evidence, showing promising potential for the treatment of anorexia nervosa. It 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. SSCM commenced as a credible and ethical control treatment in an RCT with CBT-E in adult outpatients with AN (McIntosh et al., 2005, 2006) as the TAU. Since then, SSCM has been included in other clinical trials, with results comparable to those of other evidence based treatments, and eating disorder specialist services in New Zealand and other countries are now using SSCM as a first-line treatment for anorexia nervosa.


The workshop aims to have participants gain:

  • Understanding of the evidence base and indicators  
  • Overview of SSCM model and principles
  • Capacity to assessment and set up treatment
  • Understanding of SSCM session structure and clinical tools
  • Understanding of the multidisciplinary roles in SSCM Tools for delivering the therapy will be presented, using practical techniques, demonstrations and case material, and discussion of commonalities and distinctions between SSCM and other psychotherapy approaches for adults with anorexia nervosa. Pre-workshop readings will be provided that describe research with SSCM.

Prior knowledge of understanding assessing and treating eating disorders is assumed.

Target audience:

Health Professionals working with adolescents or adults with eating disorders, including mental health clinicians, dietitians, social workers, psychologists, mental health nurses, occupational therapists, psychiatrists and general practitioners.

Venue & booking:

Venue: Hospital Education Centre (HEC) | Royal Melbourne Hospital - Royal Park Campus |
34-54 Poplar Road, PARKVILLE, 3052, VIC
Cost: Clinicians employed in Victorian public mental health services: $95.00
Other health professionals: $230.00
Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided
Registrations: https://www.trybooking.com/BAAMX. Registrations close 7 October 2019.