The 90 Day Programme is The Optimum Health Clinic’s groundbreaking psychology based course for ME/CFS. The 90 Day Programme was originally created by Alex Howard (OHC Founder and Author of “WHY ME? My Journey from ME to Health and Happiness”) and Anna Duschinsky (the former Director of Psychology at OHC) in 2006 and it has been consistently revised and updated by the OHC psychology department since then.
Alex and Anna both experienced ME/CFS in their late teens, with both of them desperately struggling to get through a few hours of study each day. They both now enjoy vibrant health and energy and have an intense passion to share the keys to this with others. One of the most challenging things that Alex and Anna found on their journeys was the overwhelming variety of different ideas and approaches. The 90 Day Programme helps take the guess work out of the process, integrating the very best of different approaches available. It is ultimately an approach that is greater than the sum of the parts.
Click play below to watch a short video with Alex and Anna (the former Director of Psychology) about The 90 Day Programme.
What are the core components of The 90 Day Programme?
The workshop component of The 90 day Programme has been formed from what we call “The 3 Pillars of Healing,” and they are as follows:
1. The Healing Zone
- This section teaches you the OHC “STOP Process” which is a powerful way of interrupting unhelpful thought patterns and shifting the body into a “healing state”
- Understanding the maladaptive stress response, why this can be such a critical element of recovery, and how to work with changing it
2. Your Body’s Intelligence:
- In this section you will learn to communicate with and understand what your body is trying to communicate with you
- By listening to these messages, you will learn to change the responses of your “Bodymind”
3. Working with your emotions:
- This section will teach you how to work with your emotions and let go of emotional blocks, including using tools from what is commonly known as “energy psychology”
- This way of working is immensely powerful for clearing and balancing blocked and unwanted emotions
How is this different to other programmes out there?
There are three key factors which distinguish The 90 Day Programme from other approaches available. This is the first truly integrative programme, taking a wholistic view which necessarily involves the mind, body and emotions. Optimum health is the harmony of these three elements working together, and treating just one of them consequently misses parts of the puzzle.
The second key different is that the format of the programme also ensures that you not only have the tools to make the changes that you need, but also have the time and support to reinforce them. The unique format gives you a workshop and a personal session to begin the process of change, and the materials and support to continue and implement that change. This programme is the result of years of different formats in which Alex and Anna have tried to precipitate and simplify the journey; it is the integration of not just all of the cutting edge approaches available, but also the best of the various ways of applying them.
The third essential difference to other approaches is that many of those delivering the programme, and those assisting the trainers, have personally been through the very experiences of those on the programme. This gives the team a truly compassionate and understanding approach.
What if I start the programme and find it is too much for me at the moment?
Having run numerous 90 Day Programmes, we are only too aware of the fears and anxieties people can have about their ability to complete an ongoing programme. However, we have also found that delegates are consistently surprised at their ability to keep up with their process, especially as the whole focus is on optimising energy as they go along anyway.
How many people will be in my group?
Workshops are usually 6-8 people. Small groups are there to ensure close support for each participant. In addition to the trainer, we always have at least one assistant in case extra help is needed.
This sounds like amazing value for money, but I’m still not sure I can afford it?
We are very sensitive to the financial reality and difficulties of many of those we work with. The majority of people that come to OHC are unable to work full time and a number are on income support. We do all that we can to make the programme affordable to all interested parties, for example allowing participants to pay in instalments over the three months of the programme. Please contact us to discuss this further.
What changes can I expect as a result of doing this programme?
By the end of the programme you will have an in-depth understanding of the latest psychology tools developed by the OHC psychology department. As you will probably know, every situation is different. Some participants see significant changes in a few days or a few weeks, whilst for others, change will be a more gradual process, based on the specific make up of their background and personal experiences. In our experiences this is very normal – and while there are approaches out there that will claim they can offer “cures” and “95% success rates,” this can be very misleading. It can take only a few days to change a mindset, but there is a reality where sometimes the body takes time to adjust. We are also much more interested in lasting change, than short-term peaks that can sometimes result in severe crashes further down the road.
We recently had a prospective preliminary study published in the British Medical Journal Open (see http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/2/6/e001079.full) which found statistically significant improvement after three months for those undergoing the OHC psychology approach. Because this study did not have a control group and was not randomised we are unable to make any comments about clinical improvement at this time. We are currently working on a full randomised controlled trial which is the next step in developing the evidence base for the OHC approach. See our Fundraising section for more information of how you can help support this.
What is the cancellation policy of the programme?
We are not able to accept cancellations at any point once enrolled on the programme, due to the small group nature of the workshops we run. In addition, anyone paying by instalments who cancels before the final instalment will need to complete payment of any remaining instalments owed. We are unfortunately unable to give refunds or transfer payments towards one-on-one sessions under any circumstances.
What is included in The 90 Day Programme
Stage 1: Preparation
We recommend that you digest the following before attending the course (all of which are included in the price of the course)
- Access to Conscious Life website with an OHC channel & yoga for CFS with Fiona Agombar
- “Learn to Relax” audio programme (2 hrs) – MP3 download (£30)
- “The Sleep Inducer” 4 CD audio programme (2 hrs) – MP3 download (£30)
Before the programme starts, delegates have a pre-course chat via telephone with their trainer.
Stage 2: “The Live Workshop”
This 2 ½ day workshop will teach the fundamental principles and techniques of The 90 Day Programme; it is made up of the following components:
- Day 1:
- 2:30-3:00 – Registration
3:00-6:00 – Group session
12:30-1:00 – Arrival
1:00-2:30 – Lunch and group relaxation
2:30-5:30 – Group session
12:30-1:00 – Arrival
1:00-2:30 – Lunch and group relaxation
2:30-5:30 – Group session
Note: there are breaks throughout the day, and you will be continually encouraged to listen to your body rather than be pushed into doing things you don’t feel ready to do.
Stage 3: Integration
Once back at home the real work begins. For the following nine weeks, participants have consistent contact with their practitioner and the group, in the form of one-on-one telephone sessions, conference calls (with fellow participants), and home study CDs and exercises.
Topics covered include:
Reviews and implementing your toolkit, setting intelligent goals, how to eliminate selfjudgement and self-sabotage patterns, how to understand the deeper reasons behind your situation and how to gently rebuild your body and increase activity in a way that works for you.
A key part of the integration period is the free online access to www.SecretsToRecovery.com which is the clinic’s world-leading recovery group. The archive includes over 100 hours of material, including patients’ stories and review sessions of tools taught at the programme.
- Freedom from M.E. Live Course (£715)
- One group telephone conference call with your practitioner and the rest of your group at the end of the 90 Days (£125)
- Three telephone sessions with your practitioner (total of 80min comprised of 2 x 30min sessions after the workshop and 1 x 15-20 min pre-chat prior to the workshop – £160)
- Four home study CDs (£100)
- Access to Conscious Life Website with an OHC channel & yoga for CFS with Fiona Agombar (over £20)
- “Learn to Relax” audio programme (2hrs) – MP3 download (£30)
- “The Sleep Inducer” audio programme (2hrs) – MP3 download (£30)
Total value £1,180
We are currently undertaking clinical research to validate the effectiveness of our approach, and are therefore allowing participants to benefit from the programme for a massive concession of £625 .
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