Not sure if this should go under projects or advocacy (I guess than depends in part on the CAA's response to the request I make at the end of this post). It is way past time to put the confusion around the utility of coping strategies and CBT to rest. Self-Hlep Strategies - great for CFS! CBT - worthless/harmful for CFS! The Canadian Consensus Diagnostic Criteria addressed this issue in a very clear and concise manner in 2003! Why are we allowing so called research into the efficacy of CBT to go unchallenged? In the booklet - A Clinical Case Definition and Guidelines for Medical Practitioners (2005), Bruce M. Carruthers and Marjorie I. van de Sande summarize the Canadian guidelines originally published in 2003. (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Clinical Working Case Definition, Diagnostic and Treatment Guidelines A Consensus Document Bruce M Carruthers, Anil Kumar Jain, Kenny L De Meirleir, Daniel L Peterson, Nancy G Klimas, A Martin Lerner, Alison C Bested, Pierre Flor-Henry, Pradip Joshi, AC Peter Powles, Jeffrey A Sherkey, Marjorie I van de Sande. Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 11(1):7-115, 2003.) Here's the summary: This is what is posted on the CFIDS Assoc of America site (http://www.cfids.org/about-cfids/supportive-therapy.asp): I know that the CAA has make some promising moves in the recent past. On behalf of everyone who has been dismissed or abused because of the inappropriate use or recommendation of CBT, I would like to ask (very politely and appreciatively - at first :Sign Please the CAA to rewrite their advice on 'Treatment: Supportive Therapy,' removing the paragraph on CBT and listing many (if not all of their supportive therapy recommendations) in a manner similar to the CCDC - under Why use such a confusing, poorly understood recommendation when there is such a clear concise and and useful alternative just waiting to be recognized. It is way past time to start cleaning up the confusion around CFS! As for calming exercises and counseling, it is my opinion (and only my opinion) that everyone could benefit from light yoga (if able), meditation, breathing exercises, therapeutic massage, etc. And if someone (anyone) needs short-term supportive therapy, then by all means - if the person finds it useful. To all patient advocacy organizations, we need your help! Please be careful that your work helps to bring clarity, not create more confusion or perpetuate harmful assumptions. Thank you!