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Our existing membership is drawn from a great cross-section of people, including: Academia, architecture, business, chaplaincy, charity work, civil service, coaching, connexions, counselling, diplomacy, economics, educational psychology, emergency services, GPs, head teachers, human resources, journalism, law, medical consultants, medical workers, military services, musicians, NHS staff, police, prison workers, psychiatry, psychotherapy, religion, research, social work, specialist therapists, speech and language therapists, students, Surestart, teaching, volunteers, writers, youth offending team members and youth workers.
When the Institute was first founded, membership was restricted to graduates of the Human Givens Diploma (HG.Dip.) course in psychotherapy (it is their professional body) – but soon many more people outside this field wanted to join to express their support and/or be involved in the wider development of the human givens approach, and a general Associate Membership category was duely created.
The more people from the educational, mental health and caring professions that join the Institute, the more it can continue to speak with authority based on the strength of its membership. The Institute's use and effectiveness therefore depends, in part, upon its membership being as representative as possible of both the general public and a wide range of professional disciplines.
The Institute has influence on matters of direct concern to therapists, counsellors and teachers, with members frequently asked to speak about the HG approach at conferences and training events. And its influence continues to spread to other fields.
Our members unite under the idea that greater psychological insight is needed at all levels of society if we are to avoid considerable distress and even more conflict in the future.
We believe that understanding, teaching and applying the human givens approach to children, adults, and within organisations everywhere, has become a priority in these troubled times. The more members of the HGI are involved in originating new thinking where these ideas are applied in crucial areas of concern, such as youth offending, the more likely it is that improvements will come about.
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In this article, Joe Griffin suggests that techniques which can yield immediate success, may share an underlying mechanism.
The fundamental new direction in therapy is more than just a set of new techniques explains Bill O'Hanlon in an article first published in 1995.
Angela Austin describes how the human givens approach has informed her work to create an emotionally safe place where children with autism can learn.
Iain Caldwell uses many case studies in his description of how the human givens approach to helping people in distress has had a huge impact on mental health services in Hartlepool.
Read Mike Beard's therapist account of Nina's treatment.
Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell explain how and why a human givens approach can help therapists shift depression in just a few sessions — or less.
Most people think ethics is concerned with truth, justice, equality, loyalty, fairness, values, principles, morals, etc. All these words in italics are abstractions. They are content free. They contain no sensory information. Such words used to be called 'reifications' in philosophy and are now more commonly called 'nominalisations'.
Chris Scott, human givens therapist, addresses why a new approach to psychology which breaks away from traditional dogma is needed.
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