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.
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Read about how a Faulklands war veteran overcame the severe flashbacks and panic attacks he suffered for 20 years after a horrifically traumatising experience during his service in the navy.
Joe Griffin explains why dreaming, and forgetting our dreams, fulfils a vital human need.
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.
James Tapper suggests that Charles Dickens’s famous seasonal novel contains much that reflects the human givens approach to therapy.
The torment of ‘caring’ for a much-loved brother suffering from psychosis, to whom the NHS has failed to offer meaningful help …
We take a look at what's been achieved since two pioneering psychotherapists put a name to this powerful understanding of human nature and mental health...
Jim Penman tells Ivan Tyrrell how biology drives our social history, explaining temperament change within cultures and the rise and fall of civilisations.
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Volume 25, No 1, 2018, the latest edition of the Human Givens Journal is now available.
Date posted: 11/06/2018
Brian Greene and Jennifer Broadley discuss how to apply the human givens approach in couples therapy.
Date posted: 30/05/2018