Aims & Objectives
The holistic, unifying strength of the Institute is the shared perception among its members that the human givens approach endeavours to include all currently known implications arising from research into the functioning of the human brain, in conjunction with the body, and the wider society in which we all live. Current mental health and educational institutions do not yet fully operate from such a basis, which is why HGI is necessary.
The human givens approach is a continually evolving one, incorporating new knowledge and insights as they become available.
Our aims are:
- to raise general awareness of the givens of human nature – which clarifies what we need in order to live mentally healthy and fulfilled lives, and provides us with the framework for improving all forms of human endeavour and interaction
- to raise awareness of what constitutes effective therapy, and why the human givens approach belongs to this category
- to improve access to human givens therapy, including via GPs and the NHS
- to extend the use of the human givens approach to other fields, such as education, business and diplomacy
- to improve the way children are educated
- to improve services to mentally and emotionally disturbed people
- to make community life more humane and tolerant
- to show why human life is intrinsically meaningful.
In addition, the HGI coordinates reviews of related scientific studies and relates them to the broad information base from which the human givens concept derives.
The Institute also advances education, monitors examination standards at the Human Givens College, sets standards of professional practice in this area, and organises local, national and international meetings to maintain and advance the human givens perspective.
It speaks for those of its members — professional psychotherapists, counsellors, teachers, social workers and others in the medical/caring professions — at whatever level they operate, whose day-to-day work depends on this approach, and the therapeutic and educational techniques consequent on it.
Explore our articles and interviews
Jon Neal describes how Suffolk Mind is successfully introducing human givens concepts across the whole county.
Doris Lessing believes we are all much closer to craziness than we like to believe. In conversations with Ivan Tyrrell she talks about age, breakdowns and the ubiquitous 'self-hater'.
Listen to Brian Greene’s interview with Denise Winn (Human Givens College tutor and psychology journalist, editor and author) as they discuss how the human givens approach is used for successfully treating depression.
Teacher trainer Andy Vass shows how knowledge and application of the human givens approach could help hard-pressed teachers reduce stress and improve the climate in class.
Janice Haddon shows how she has drawn upon the human givens approach to work more creatively with corporate clients.
An article about the human givens approach that appeared in the major American publication, Family Therapy Magazine.
Community psychiatric nurse Liz Potts describes her experience as one of the few primary care professionals in Coventry using the human givens approach.
Treatmenta for schizophrenia that involve no drugs, or only low doses of them, urgently need investigation, suggests Dr Tim Calton, lecturer in psychiatry at the University of Nottingham, and colleagues.
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Date posted: 10/01/2022
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Date posted: 1/11/2021