FACETS and Peer Support

Frequent visitors to our website and readers of our newsletters will be familiar with the FACETS (Fatigue: Applying Cognitive behavioural and Energy effectiveness Techniques to life Style) courses run from our Treatment Room in the Vassall Centre, Bristol (see article below).

MS Research have successfully rolled out four six week sessions of the course and have seen amazing results beyond the realms of fatigue management. Most of the course participants come from a wide geographical area and several of them commented on the fact that outside the course they knew few other people living with MS. This has resulted in many of the participants remaining in contact with each other after the courses end and organising social meetings at the “Meeting Point” in the Vassall Centre.

Fatigue Management Courses

Almost everyone who has MS knows that fatigue is one of the most difficult symptoms to deal with. There is no effective treatment for fatigue although some drugs may help. We understand very little about the origins of fatigue in MS.

FACETS (Fatigue: Applying Cognitive behavioural and Energy effectiveness Techniques to life Style) is a group based therapy programme initially designed by members of the psychology, research and clinical teams at Poole Hospital in Dorset and the University of Bournemouth. In Bristol, research to determine whether or not this group therapy approach was helpful for MS related fatigue was carried out in collaboration with Bournemouth and Southampton Universities working closely with the MS Research team and funded by the MS Society.

The MS Society has helped us to roll out FACETS as a group therapy at our MS Meeting Point at The Vassall Centre in Bristol by offering training courses.

Do you have MS? Do you live in the Bristol area? Do you have MS related fatigue?

Trained staff are currently running FACETS Groups at our MS Meeting Point in the Vassall Centre in Bristol and we will continue to support training for other professionals who wish to develop FACETS therapy clinics.

If you have MS and are able to travel to The Vassall Centre in Bristol to attend a group based therapy course which consists of 6 sessions each around 1.5 hours in duration please call 0117 958 6986 or contact info@ms-research.org.uk

If you would like to know more or feel you could benefit from attending one of our courses please contact us today.

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