There are a range of courses branded under the TheWEL banner. David Reilly, a Glasgow doctor, is the developer of the courses. My local health authority in New Zealand seems to be considering offering TheWEL courses for people with chronic illnesses specifically including ME/CFS. A person from Scotland has been brought here to present to health professionals to gauge interest and it seems to have gone down well. I am assured that the course will aim to 'help people cope' rather than cure them. However, I've just spent a few hours listening to sessions and talks provided by Reilly online and I found it a bit disquieting. http://thewel.org/theWEL/1__Foundations.html http://thewel.org/theWEL/Videos.html Reilly had CFS for a few years, but recovered. He seems to believe that the mind is powerful and there's a good chance we could become well if we want to. There are two recorded sessions available online that were delivered to a group of people with CFS. In them, he mentions that the MEA gives a falsely negative idea about the possibility of recovery. There is a bit about eating for health, and a bit about meditation. But, mostly, it's about how current medical practice isn't fixing people and so things need to be done a new way. Which, as far as I can see, seems to be about patients thinking more positively and taking charge of our own lives. I felt that there was a suggestion of 'if you aren't getting better, you aren't trying hard enough' underneath the friendly Billy Connolly-accented chat. Some of what he says makes sense, which makes it all the harder to argue against the whole package. And I'm sure his ideas can help some people with illnesses like Type 2 diabetes, where changes in eating and exercise and good self-care may lead to real health improvements. (Although I'm not sure that the ideas are so ground breaking that we couldn't find an unbranded local speaker for that). Has anyone had experience with TheWEL courses, or with making the case for scarce health funds not be used on such courses for people with ME/CFS?