About the Institute
The Human Givens Institute (HGI) is both a membership organisation – open to anyone wishing to support and promote the human givens approach through all forms of psychological, educational and social interactions – and the professional body representing the interests of those in the caring, welfare and teaching professions who work in alignment with the best scientific knowledge available about the givens of human nature.
Thousands of people around the world recognise that the organising ideas summed up in the phrase 'human givens' have enormous, beneficial implications for education, mental health, social order and the world of business, politics and diplomacy. The human givens approach enables us to think more clearly about a wide range of social issues to do with the running of society and the future and physical survival of our species, including how we bring up children to live in a rapidly changing environment.
The HGI is associated with the Human Givens College, the official teaching establishment for this approach, and all successful graduates of the College are invited to join as professional members. (There are various levels of membership.)
This professional section is the premier UK body concerned with effective counselling and psychotherapy. It advances all aspects of human givens therapeutic practice, including standards, CPD and the ethical behaviour of members.
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Sam Gerrard throws new light on the case for directive or non-directive counselling.
Stuart Coulden describes an innovative project for enhancing emotional health in diverse school communities.
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The governing organisations of the world seem all at sea. They are missing an essential element: that of the psychology of human nature, which is programmed into us from our genes (the human 'givens').
Julia Welstead on loneliness and the Human Givens approach
GP Adam Lake describes how he makes effective use of HG understandings and techniques in consultations for mental health conditions.
In the first of an occasional series featuring contributions from HG practitioners, Miriam Chachamu shares two simple therapeutic ideas that fit well with the human givens toolkit.
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The Human Givens Institute (HGI) was one of the six organisations, along with BACP, UKCP and NCS, involved in developing the SCoPEd framework,
As you may be aware, after 26 years as editor of the Human Givens Journal, Denise Winn will be stepping down at the end of 2023. Despite advertising for a successor last year, we have been unable to find any one person who could fulfil the role.
Date posted: 13/04/2023