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HG newsletter - November 2021

In this issue:

 New interview with Iain McGilchrist

Ivan Tyrrell and Iain McGilchrist

Ivan Tyrrell was delighted to be able to speak with Iain McGilchrist from his home in the Cotswolds recently. Dr McGilchrist, who lives on the Isle of Skye, is a highly-respected psychiatrist, neuroscience researcher, philosopher, and author of the seminal and highly recommended book, The Master and His Emissary, which explores the differences between the brain hemispheres.

Iain has been interested in the HG approach for a long time, in a previous interview with Sue Cheshire he said: “I first found out about the human givens from a friend and I thought immediately that it resonated with what I believe. Both from living to the age I have reached and from being a doctor and psychiatrist, I can very much endorse the tenets the human givens approach puts forward. I think your work is important and much needed...” He kindly shared the final draft of his brand new book with Ivan before it was published earlier this month.  

The Matter With Things is set to prove another major contribution to our understanding of ourselves and the world around us – itThe Matter with Things by Iain McGilchrist addresses some of the oldest and hardest questions humanity faces: Who are we? What is the world? How can we understand consciousness, matter, space and time? Is the cosmos without purpose or value? Can we really neglect the sacred and divine? 

Ivan and Dr McGilchrist work through some of these topics together during their conversation as they discuss the complex and intriguing relationships which exist around and between us, explore the role that language plays in our lives, consider how the two hemispheres of the brain can work together in today’s world, and much more ...

You can watch their fascinating conversation here – Iain will also be featuring in the next issue of the HG Journal, which is coming out in December.


 NEW online course

A closer look at our innate resources - new online course cardThe importance of meeting our human needs is now increasingly understood, but we mustn't forget the other givens of being human – our innate resources. Ensuring these are developed and used well is just as integral to our mental health, as this new online course shows. 

Based on live online training given during the pandemic last year, A closer look at our innate resources, gives you the opportunity to benefit from the extensive knowledge and life-times' experience of HG co-founder Ivan Tyrrell and senior HG tutor and therapist Carol Harper as they share key insights that will deepen your psychological understanding and increase your ability to help people. No prior knowledge of the human givens approach is necessary.  You can view the course here >


 Effective therapists don't just listen

In her popular Psychology Today blog, Helping Humanity Thrive, Denise Winn shares important insights on a wide variety of mental health topics.  As well as being the editor of the Human GivensDenise Winn Journal, a trainer and author specialising in psychology, Denise is a highly experienced HG therapist who has worked with a wide range of clients and conditions. 

Many of her blogs describe the techniques she has used to help clients move forward with their lives, and in her latest one she explores the role of a therapist – and explains why they must do a lot more than listen.  You can read it here >

Rewind case studies

We're frequently adding case studies, news items and useful information to our main HG website, and this month Denise has also shared two new case histories which show how she used the rewind technique to help people suffering with PTSD symptoms.  As many of you will know, the refined version of this technique taught by HG College is a non-intrusive, safe and highly reliable and effective psychological method for detraumatising people, as Denise explains: “It can give people their lives back after horrific events that they thought they would never be able to put behind them.”   Read more >

New Action Trauma Network

Action Trauma Network logoAction Trauma, who've featured the HG approach to treating trauma at their international conferences, have just launched an online networking platform for people working in the field of healing trauma. 

"This project has been a dream of ours since 2018 and with lots of input from organisations and individuals we are delighted to share the launch of the Action Trauma Network.  Our most recent virtual conference brought together over 2,000 professionals from over 60 countries.  When we asked delegates if networking with like-minded delegates was important for their professional development 90% of delegates said yes! The prime purpose of the Action Trauma Network is to provide a safe space to connect professionals, practitioners, like-minded individuals working across various sectors of society, but all with one common goal: healing trauma."


The Big Give Christmas challenge

The charity PTSD Resolution, which uses the donations it receives to fund HG therapy for veterans, reservists and their families to help them through difficult times and to rebuild their lives – have again been accepted to take part in

The Big Give Christmas challenge – which means any donations will be doubled if placed via their Big Give Page from 12pm on 30th November until 12pm on 7th December 2021. Anything you might be able to raise or donate will make a huge difference to the charity’s ability to help even more people – the PTSD Resolution team and all the HG therapists they use are making a tremendous difference to people's lives:

“A massive thank you to PTSD Resolution. They have given me and my family a normal life again. I was in a really dark way – if it wasn't for my therapist helping me and giving me the tools I need to have a normal daily life, I don't know where I would be."  Veteran of Afghanistan

To find out more, click here.


Food for thought

“ Attention … is an essential aspect of consciousness ... it governs what it is that we turn out to be conscious of, and therefore plays a part in the coming into being of whatever exists for us. ”

Dr Iain McGilchrist


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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