Specialist Supportive Clinical Management (SSCM) is a psychotherapy with a growing body of evidence in the treatment of anorexia nervosa. It was originally developed as an active pragmatic control treatment for more specialised therapies in a clinical trial for anorexia nervosa but is now included as a bone fide therapy in a number of treatment guidelines.
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 presentation will include an overview of SSCM: its origins in clinical management and supportive psychotherapy and an outline of existing research with SSCM. Key therapeutic strategies will be described, and common and distinct features highlighted. Current and possible future applications of SSCM will be discussed.