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HG Newsletter - June 2020

In this issue:

As countries begin to lift pandemic lockdown rules, some ahead of others, right now is our opportunity to take advantage of this moment in time to make fundamental changes in the way we live and interact with each other and our environment. Let’s not miss it.

From how we travel, to what we eat, from where we live, to how we connect, the structure of our global society is changing, and it’s up to us whether this upheaval has a positive or negative outcome.

By looking to our innate human givens we can see that being in tune with both our fellow humans and with nature is the only way for all to thrive and prosper.


Are we brave enough for our new world?

I spoke to a young man today who admitted to feeling more anxious about the measures to lift lockdown than he had when told to ‘stay home’, even though, on the face of it, he now has more freedom to see friends and get back to work. I assured him that he’s not alone in this. 2020 has seen a massive, global, rise in anxietyanger and addiction, whether that be through the fear of illness, the trauma of losing loved ones, the stress of financial uncertainty, the strain of confined family life and home-schooling or the loneliness of isolation.

But whereas full lockdown, for many, had the advantage of simplicity and novelty, our exit strategy into a ‘brave new world’ is proving to be complex, fraught, confusing and stressful. [read article]


A closer look at our innate resources

Innate Resources Online

On Tuesday 23rd June, HG co-founder Ivan Tyrrell and senior tutor Carol Harper are presenting a new workshop live online to shine an important light on our innate resources. Although much attention is given to our emotional needs, our innate resources are equally as important – how they develop and how we use them is integral to our wellbeing and survival.

Understanding how each 'guidance system' works, what they do for us and potential problems is essential if you want to help others effectively, improve society, or understand yourself and those around you better.

There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and for stimulating discussion throughout the day.  Find out more >

15% OFF – for you and a friend

Don't forget, you and a friend can each enjoy 15% OFF our in-person and new live online workshops when you “refer a friend” who's new to HG College training – you don't have to book onto the same course. Find out more >


Armed Forces Day June 27

Help for Traumatised Veterans Locked Up During Lockdown

Mental health charity PTSD Resolution, which solely uses HG therapists, is marking this year’s Armed Forces Day by highlighting the plight of veterans who are now in the UK criminal justice system, many of whom are suffering from military trauma and are not getting the therapeutic support that they need to get well and be rehabilitated.

Armed Forces

An estimated 17% of people in custody and on community orders are ex-services personnel. In addition to criminality, untreated military trauma can result in addiction, family breakdown and even suicide.

To date the veterans’ charity has had 2,900 referrals over eleven years of providing free human givens therapy to UK veterans, reservists and their families.  It is one of the only providers of specialist help to former service’s personnel while they are in prison or have alcohol and substance abuse problems. Treatment is available through a network of 200 HG trained therapists, online or by phone during the lockdown. 

For Armed Forces Day 2020 PTSD Resolution is launching ‘The Silent Years’ - a film about a former HMPS prisoner and veteran of the First Gulf War, and is also holding a live webinar on June 26th at 1.30pm on Trauma Awareness Training for Everyone.

For further information about both the film and the webinar, or if you need help with trauma issues or wish to make a donation, please contact


NEW online service for Veterans

PTSD Resolution

Self-isolation is causing a crisis among military veterans affected by military trauma and more. Thanks to a new online service set up by PTSD Resolution, their nationwide team of registered human givens therapists are able to provide invaluable help and much-needed support to veterans, reservists and their families – as free HG therapy is now being delivered by phone or internet, rather than face to face. It’s heartening when you read testimonials from clients they have helped over the years to know that this excellent work is continuing when it’s needed more than ever.


HG gets a mention in British Vogue

HG therapists Lee Pycroft and Jo Ham were both interviewed for an article in this month’s edition of Vogue, ‘Beyond Beautiful', which asks whether your beauty routine can boost your wellbeing. In her work with people living with mental health illness, as well as vulnerable women, such as abuse survivors, PTSD sufferers and cancer patients, Lee has certainly noticed that her beauty makeovers have a palpable effect. You can read the Vogue article here, and hear more from Lee about the importance of self-care for self-esteem and emotional wellbeing, along with plenty of tips for helping clients, in her HG Ask the Expert podcast: Why self-care isn’t selfish.


International virtual Trauma Summit

features workshop on HG approach

Trauma Summit

Action Trauma, which was founded by HGI Board Member Clive Corry, is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to changing lives for the better by promoting awareness of Trauma Recovery throughout the world through local (they're based in Belfast) and international events, which address all aspects of trauma, anxiety, stress and the associated mental health problems that they generate and exacerbate.

Their bi-ennial LIVE Trauma Summit is postponed to 2021 and is replaced with a Virtual Trauma Summit featuring the same world experts. It is taking place online next week. Sue Saunders, founder of the Dublin Human Givens Centre and a tutor for HG College is presenting one of the workshops – entitled: 'Trauma healing with Human Givens'. To find out more about the conference, click here.


Mental Health Provision in Ireland

More than 14 years on from its ‘A Vision for Change’ mental health policy, which aimed to radically overhaul its mental health services, Ireland finds itself in the middle of a public health emergency that is expected to place additional demands on already stretched mental health services.  

The Irish Examiner recently published a special report that looks at whether a ‘refresh’ of this 2006 policy will bridge critical service gaps. Maresa Fagan spoke to those involved in mental health services in Ireland to see where the challenges lie and what must be prioritised to deliver for those most in need – you can read the report here.


Return to in-person training

Attended Courses

Over the last few months HG College has been working hard with its venues to prepare for when in-person, attended training can recommence. Each venue has taken stringent precautions and implemented the highest hygiene measures to maximise the safety of all delegates and staff.  We are therefore ready and willing to run our in-person training again as soon as the Government says it is safe to do so.

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Growing the HG Community

In these challenging and uncertain times, it’s more important than ever to keep in touch and strengthen our HG community. We are always happy to hear from you with your thoughts, ideas and feedback – and don’t forget that you can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

If you are a professional member of the HGI, you can also join our private Facebook group – where you can share relevant news, information and resources, network with and support fellow HGI professionals and provide updates about what you're doing.


Save on Training and CPD

20% off

Don’t forget that you can still enjoy 20% OFF many of our online courses – now including the NEW Self-harm course.

And if you're interested in the bigger picture, there are the Delving Deeper courses: How to overcome fear and political chaos (using the lens of innate human needs to help resolve political and social conflicts) and Exploring Consciousness – View online courses

You and a friend can also each enjoy 15% OFF our in-person and new live online workshops when you “refer a friend” who's new to HG College training – you don't have to book onto the same course.  Find out more >


One last thought

​​​​​​​“Adversity presents itself in many forms...and if we do not master our circumstances then we are bound to be mastered by them.”

adapted from “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles


Julia Welstead - EditorWe hope you've enjoyed this update – do get in contact if you have any news or interesting case studies.

With best wishes,

Julia Welstead, Editor
Human Givens News


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