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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: a cognitive behavioural approach

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, is characterised by severe physical and mental fatigue of at least six months duration and is associated with significant disability. It is a controversial condition which has been associated with polarised debates about whether the condition is physical or psychological in nature.

In order to transcend this dualistic bio-medical approach a cognitive behavioural model is used to understand the condition, which makes a distinction between precipitating and perpetuating factors. During treatment, a range of techniques such as a graded approach to activity and cognitive restructuring are used with the aim of improving disability and reducing symptoms. If appropriate, once the client has broadened their view of health and illness, more sophisticated cognitive techniques are introduced to address perfectionism, beliefs about showing emotions publically and/or shame. There are several randomized controlled trials providing evidence for CBT and recent studies suggest that fear avoidance beliefs mediate change in social adjustment and fatigue. Participants are expected to roleplay and techniques to facilitate acceptance of feelings and symptoms will be discussed. 

Location Reading
Category Talking Therapies
Details of Event
Start date 14 Oct 2020
Start time 9:30am
Venue Address University of Reading - Whiteknights campus
Cost
Amount £130
About
Organiser Charlie Waller Institute
Speaker Professor Trudie Chalder
Website http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/files/charliewaller/Flyer_-_TC141020.pdf
Contact No. 0118 378 6668
Email cwi@reading.ac.uk
Keywords Cognitive Behavioraltherapy (CBT), Counselling, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Therapy
Regions South, South East

 

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