The course is offered four times a year: January, April, July and September. For starting dates of this year's classes, see the Schedule page.
When does it meet?
The course is an email discussion group using a list server, so it does not meet at a specific time. Rather, you receive a lesson each week and respond at a time convenient to you.
How much time does it take?
You can spend as much or as little time as you want. The average is two or three hours a week.
Why should I take the course?
Studies of self-management classes such as ours have shown that participants learn how to reduce their symptoms, mitigate the effects of negative emotions and feel more in control of their lives. Also, meeting others who share a similar condition can counteract isolation and provide inspiration and support.
Do I need special software or computer skills?
No. All that is required is the ability to send and receive email.
Who created the course?
The course was developed by Bruce Campbell, Ph.D., a recovered CFS patient who before becoming ill worked on self-help programs for chronic illness at the Stanford University Medical School. For more on his background, see his biography.
Who teaches the class?
Our course is taught by trained volunteer moderators, all of whom are course graduates and either CFS or FM patients.
What is the difference between the online Introductory Course and the Self-Study CDs?
The online Introductory Course provides a moderated interactive experience with a group of about 15 to 18, who share their experiences with the course principles and support each other in applying the principles to their lives. The Self-Study CDs present an audio explanation of the principles of our program, summarizing the basic points and giving ideas for practical application.
What is the CFIDS and Fibromyalgia Self-Help Program?
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We were founded in 1998 and have conducted several hundred self-management classes. Our program has been featured in articles published in the CFIDS Chronicle and at the CFS/FM website at About.com and at Fmaware.org. For more, see About Us.