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HG newsletter - January 2022

In this issue:

 Join us at the HGI Conference 2022

Delegates networking at HGI conference

Booking is now open for the HGI's next in-person conference, which is taking place on 14th and 15th May 2022 in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, UK. 

Our bi-annual conferences are always great fun and a great way to meet and network with like-minded people from a wide-range of backgrounds.

Find out more >

Delegates conversing at HGI conference

This year's programme covers a range of subjects: you will hear about new insights and developments in HG, listen to inspiring and stimulating talks and case histories, no doubt enjoy thought-provoking discussions, and more...

Early Bird Discount – book before 31st March to SAVE £26 on the full Conference Package, which includes a 3 course Evening Dinner on the Saturday – view details

Places are limited – as demand is always high we recommend booking as soon as you can.  To book, or ask any questions you might have, please call our friendly team at the HG College office on 0 44 (0)1323 811690 (9.30am–5.30pm GMT, Mon–Fri).

NEW HG podcast

As many of you will know, the Human Givens Ask the Expert Podcast Series is a wonderfully, rich and inspiring resource, covering a wide range of subjects. The latest fascinating episode features Ezra Hewing talking to Jo Baker about How too little REM sleep can contribute to suicidal thoughts, self-harm and anxiety – his insights mark another important HG contribution to our understanding of mental health.

Ezra's insights are explored in further depth in the latest issue of the HG Journal – another rich resource full of fascinating content, research and inspiring stories.

Spread the word – we'd love as many people as possible to benefit from the information on these podcasts (and the journal), please forward them to anyone you think might find them helpful.  View complete podcast series >   HG Journal >

 BigMoose has big ideas

Based in Cardiff, BigMoose is a charity and non-profit coffee shop founded by father and daughter team Jeff and Chloe Smith. They are passionate about making the world a better place and workJeff and Chloe Smith of Bigmoose tirelessly to help people struggling with their mental health, prevent suicide and homelessness (you can read more about their work here and their story here).

As well as running mental health awareness sessions, they offer free and discounted therapy sessions which are delivered by HG therapist Graeme Layzell.

They have been hugely impressed with the HG therapy that Graeme has provided, and the impact it's had on those he has helped – particularly when 5 people told them after lockdown 2020 that without bigmoose's intervention they would have ended their lives.

Concerned that more and more people are struggling and people are waiting too long for the help they need, they were determined to do something on a bigger scale – and that the human givens approach to therapy was the way to go.

project 1 million graphicAs a result they have recently launched Project 1 million which aims to raise £1,000,000 in order to provide early and timely interventions for people, including HG therapy (via the HGI's professional nationwide register), and training for businesses to better support their teams.

You can read more about the project here, including how to donate, and we'll keep you updated on their progress – if you'd like to get involved, you can contact them here.

HG training in Leeds

HG training coming to LEEDS

At HG College we've been endeavouring to make our training more widely available, both with the development of our live online workshops, and the addition this year of a new venue in Leeds, which we hope will make it easier for anyone living in the north of the UK to attend our Diploma-linked workshops.   

View courses in Leeds >

Red Poppy Company looking for buyer

Red Poppy Company logo

Red Poppy has been operating in the workplace for 20 years providing counselling, training and trauma management. It was started by Keith and Nicola Guy, who have long advocated the HG approach to treating trauma.

As Keith says: "We use HG therapists whenever we possibly can because HG is highly effective.  We have been very successful because employers have seen the benefits of this approach.  However, we have now decided to retire and are looking to sell Red Poppy, ideally we would like the company to be taken over by a HG therapist/s. If you are interested and would like to know more, please contact us on 07736 724124."

HG Foundation - charity

There are four organisations in the HG Group, the College, which is the source of all HG training, including the Diploma, the HGI, which is the professional body of HG therapists, HG Publishing and the lesser known HG Foundation – a charity which was set up to fund research into the efficacy of HG, as well as to help spread information about the approach and help improve mental health generally through a variety of different projects.

Over the years the Foundation has played a significant role, including helping to get PTSD Resolution off the ground (read more), funding research projects and creating the Free Depression web-based App, UpLift - which has been very well received in the USA and the UK: "Absolutely brilliant ... what a gift to humanity."

Supporting GPs to help patients suffering depression

Another major project, which has been funded from monies generously donated to the Foundation by the Corbin family in memory of their daughter Pippa, has been to help GPs deliver fast and effective treatment to depressed patients. To date, Dr Andrew Morrice (pictured) a GP, HG practitioner and HG tutor, has delivered 13 training presentations to GP groups across the country, with some 200 GPs and other health care professionals receiving training. During 2021, Dr Morrice was able to deliver two online training sessions to an additional 72 GPs and other health care professionals and as ever received great feedback: 47.2% rated the event 'Outstanding' and 45.3% as 'Excellent'. Below are just some of the quotes from GPs:

“So refreshing to actually be given a clear set of skills and tools to use in these really difficult consultations. Has made me excited and keen to use this.”

“Amazing. The best teaching session I have ever had! This is going to completely change my approach to patients and I plan to use many of the resources personally too.”

“This was such a refreshing way to learn about depression and how we can truly help our patients in a truly useful and sustainable way. "

Help the foundation – at no cost to you!

You can help support the work of the Foundation while you shop – simply choose HG Foundation as your chosen charity when you shop via AmazonSmile or EasyFundraising - to find out more click here

Red Poppy Company logo

Don't forget your own wellbeing

On her new video, tutor Emily Gajewski explains why it's so important that all caring professionals know how to protect themselves from becoming overwhelmed and 'burnt out' – sadly an all too common occurrence among those helping and supporting others...

Self-care for caring professionals >

Food for thought

“Think for yourself, or others will think for you, without thinking of you.”

Henry David Thoreau – American naturalist, writer & philosopher

Jane Tyrrell - Editor

I hope you've enjoyed this latest news round-up.

We love to hear from you, so do get in contact  if you have any news, helpful advice or interesting case studies you think other readers might like to know about!

Jane Tyrrell
Human Givens News


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