Found this on the British Physchological society website, theres a talk in Plymouth and its free on 19/03/2015 - 17:30 - 20:00 Plymouth Hub: The development of ‘body reprogramming’: a theory-based, multi-component educational package for patients with fibromyalgia and ME/CFS - Professor Michael Hyland http://www.bps.org.uk/events/develo...ponent-educational-package-patients-fibromyal Michael E. Hyland is a fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Distinguished International Affiliate of Division 38 of the American Psychological Association, is a chartered health psychologist and is Professor of Health Psychology at Plymouth University. He obtained a BSc at Bristol University in 1971 and a PhD at the University of Wales in 1977. His early career was as a theoretical psychologist, working on the nature of theoretical entities particularly in relation to mind-body problems. From the late 1980s he worked as a health psychologist focusing on respiratory disease (asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). He has constructed several scales for use in respiratory disease, some for outcome assessment and some for disease management, the latter including the asthma bother profile, the lung information needs questionnaire (LINQ) and the DOSE index. His research in respiratory medicine includes studies on adherence to medication and its relation to outcome. He has contributed to theoretical development in health psychology, using network theory to explain medically unexplained symptoms and functional disorders such as chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, a summary of which was published in a book “The origins of health and disease”. This theoretical work has been combined with empirical studies on non-specific aspects of therapy (e.g., placebo effects) and on the effect of dysregulation on asthma exacerbations and with colleagues in the NHS, is being used as the basis for Body reprogramming, a novel treatment programme for people with fibromyalgia. Fees This is a free event and open to everyone including BPS members, students and the General Public, but you must register to attend. This event is being financially supported by the Society’s South West of England Branch, who has invested in the event. How to book To register your place, please book online via the link below https://response.questback.com/britishpsychologicalsociety/bodyreprogramming/ Further information Talk will be 6.15pm - 7.15pm Location: The Treasury, Catherine Street, Royal Parade, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2AD http://www.thetreasurybar.co.uk Please note a change of location Dates: 19/03/2015 - 17:30 - 20:00 Contact Information: If you have any queries, please email MemberNetworkServices@bps.org.uk . Please start the email subject line with the phrase ‘South West body reprogramming March 2015’. Organiser: BPS South West of England Branch End Professor Hyland made a comment on the bps website back in 2012 http://www.bps.org.uk/news/behavioural-therapies-can-help-me Professor Michael Hyland, a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, comments: "The PACE trial is a well-conducted study which has provided evidence, contrary to the assertion of patient groups, that adaptive pacing does not lead to benefit whereas cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and graded exercise therapy do. "Nevertheless, even with the best designed studies there are several possible interpretations of the data. Adaptive pacing involved “living within physical and mental limitations imposed by the illness” as well as avoiding overexercising. In the CBT and graded exercise therapy treatment arms, patients were advised to avoid over-exercising, but, additionally, these therapies suggested procedures that the patient could perform into to achieve a gradual improvement in health. "So although all treatment arms of this study recommended avoidance of over-activity (i.e. an element of pacing), they also differed in the amount of effort invested by the patient during treatment. "My own research shows that the greatest non-specific predictor of therapeutic outcome is effort invested by the patient in the therapy. An important non-specific difference, therefore, between the treatment arms in this study is the extent to which the treatments provide hope and an effort-related plan of action for achieving recovery. We cannot tell whether it is the non-specific factors of hope and effort or the specific components of CBT and graded exercise therapy that are important for outcome. Perhaps the safest conclusion from this study is that therapy works – but just why therapy works remains as controversial for chronic fatigue syndrome as it is always has been for other conditions - see Wampold's The Great Psychotherapy Debate."