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Supervision Policy

Updated: Dec 2023

Adherence to this supervision policy is a requirement for registration with the Human Givens Institute. All HG therapists and trainee HG therapists are required to declare that they are practising and/or will practise in accordance with this policy when they apply to register, or re-register, with the Human Givens Institute.

  1. Graduate Members: Trainee HG therapists who are seeing clients must receive supervision with an accredited HGI supervisor (see definition below) at a ratio of at least 1 hour of supervision to every 8 hours of therapy work undertaken with their clients. Whilst working towards their Practitioner’s Assessement (Part 3) at least one recording of the trainee’s therapeutic practice must be viewed by their accredited HGI supervisor, to help assess their progress. (Also see: Working towards Part 3.).
  2. New Registered Members For the first 150 hours of therapy delivered post-registration, newly qualified registrants should receive at least one hour's HG supervision with an accredited HGI supervisor for every 15 hours of HG therapy they provide.
  3. After 150 hours of practice post-registration – all Registered Members (and any Fellow Members in private practice) need to have an annually updated, written supervision agreement with an accredited HGI supervisor (see definition below) of their choice. After the initial 150 hours of practice, the frequency of supervision sessions required is determined by the therapist’s professional judgement. However, a minimum of two supervision sessions per year must be undertaken with the supervisor designated in the agreement. The first of these sessions should include the contracting stage where the terms of the supervision agreement for the coming year are agreed. This enables the supervisor to gain an understanding of the supervisee’s prior experience, the nature and size of their current practice and, based on this, their supervision needs. Professional judgement on the need for supervision should be based on the following factors:
    • the degree to which a client’s problems are proving challenging to treat;
    • where there is any uncertainty about how to address any risks of harm presented by clients;

    • where ethical issues have arisen which require discussion and further clear thinking;

    • the likelihood of benefits arising from discussing any other factors contributing to therapeutic efficacy.

Fully-qualified HGI registrants with more than 150 sessions of HG practice who work within organisations which make their own arrangements for supervision, are still required to retain an annually updated supervision agreement with an accredited HGI supervisor if they wish to retain their HGI registration. If their therapy practice is confined to the organisation they work for then in the event of difficulties or complaints the burden of public protection, redress and proof of good governance falls upon the organisation rather than the Institute.

In the event of a Complaint

In the event of a complaint being received about a therapist’s practice then their use of supervision according to this policy would be considered in making any judgements about a therapist’s exercise of professionalism and common sense.

In case a complaint has been brought forward against a Registered Member it is the task of an accredited HGI supervisor to support and comfort the Registered Member with whom she or he has a supervision agreement, unless there are circumstances whereby this cannot reasonably be asked from the accredited HGI supervisor or the Registered Member. In that case the accredited HGI supervisor should contact the RPSC co-ordinator to mutually find another accredited HGI supervisor.

Dual relationships

The HGI advises against a trainee or a fully qualified therapist working with a supervisor with whom they would then have a dual relationship, including where there has previously been a therapeutic relationship, as doing so can affect the dynamics of the relationship and would preclude the supervisee from re-engaging in therapy with that individual if they needed to. That said, specific circumstances may alter cases i.e.:

  • if the therapy was a discrete piece of work (such as working with performance anxiety, a phobic response or processing a specific event) – rather than lengthier work which addressed many aspects of their life – and that this work had resulted in a clear ending which occurred a significant period of time ago;
  • except where degree of issue, time, reasons for ‘treatment’, pressing reason why they need supervision from that specific therapist etc. dilute/negate the concerns.

It must be made clear to the supervisee that should they then need further therapeutic work at any stage in the future, their supervisor would not be able to provide this, and they would have to find an alternative therapist.

Membership Renewals

When renewing their HGI membership, all HG therapists must submit proof that they have received the appropriate number of supervision sessions during the previous year.


An HGI-accredited HG supervisor is a registered HG practitioner who has successfully completed the Human Givens College’s HG supervision training and is registered with the HGI, and listed on register of accredited HG supervisors.


All applications to join the HGI’s Professional Register of fully-qualified therapists, will be assessed by the HGI Registration Panel. The panel will also assess applications made by lapsed members wishing to re-join the Register. For details, please see the HGI Professional Register Policy

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