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
Ivan Tyrrell explores with Adam Curtis how Freudian ideas are flourishing in business and politics today and insidiously influence all of our lives.
Ivan Tyrrell asks Professor Richard Noll, author of ‘The Jung Cult’, to unravel the lies Carl G Jung told to aggrandise himself and his charismatic psychoanalytic movement.
If people are suffering emotional distress there will always be unmet emotional needs, this is how the Human Givens approach works.
People who find guilt feelings highly difficult to tolerate may be especially prone to the OCD-type behaviours of compulsive checking or checking rituals...
Aric Sigman explains why craft-based skills are as important as academic ones, and need to be taught in all schools.
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'.
Studying to become a counsellor would give her the skills to help people, thought Frances Masters. It didn’t … until she came across the human givens approach.
Most severe, even psychotic, mental illness can be helped more effectively at home than in hospital. Professor Marcellino Smyth illustrates how home treatment services work.
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12th–13th May 2018
Our next conference's theme is: 'Living with Uncertainty' and it's being held on the weekend of 12th–13th May 2018 at the beautiful venue of Woodland Grange in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire - read more