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HG Newsletter - September 2017

In this issue:


As someone interested in the Human Givens approach and promoting its many benefits, the news below shows just how far our ideas and teaching are now spreading.

Look out for information about the 2018 HGI Conference in our next newsletter...



North Carolina is first American State to welcome HG teaching

HG students in the USA

By their own admission, the first cohort of HG students in the USA – one of whom had travelled from Australia to attend – had an amazing time during their first week of HG training.

After a lot of preparation on both sides of the 'pond', on Saturday 3rd September HG College tutors Denise Winn and Sue Saunders flew to Raleigh in North Carolina, USA, to deliver 5 days of Part 1 of the Human Givens Diploma.

The following Monday (Labor Day, a national holiday), Sue gave a special 4-hour 'Introduction to the Human Givens Approach' workshop. This was followed over the next 4 days by: The Therapeutic Power of Language, Guided Imagery and Visualisation for Therapeutic Change and Brief Therapy for Stopping Addictions. Denise then completing the week with How to Tell Stories that Heal on Saturday 10th.

The 22 enthusiastic participants hailed from North Carolina, Washington, Maine, New York and Oregon – and were joined by the lady who had travelled from Sydney, Australia!

It was a great success and everyone – Sue and Denise included – is looking forward to the next 5 days in early October. The students will be completing their Part 1 training with the 7 Diploma-linked online courses.

Part 2 of the Diploma will be delivered in 2018 at North Carolina University.

Just some of the feedback we received:

“This training is excellent! And each day keeps getting better and better!” Psychotherapist

“I completed a two year Masters on Addiction and Substance Abuse and learnt more practical information and skills on this day than in those two years” LPC* Therapist

“The guided imagery was phenomenal! Very helpful to have demonstrations and lots of practice. Wonderful training!” Independent Consultant

“The demonstrations of Guided Imagery and Counter Conditioning for Addictions were thought provoking and extremely helpful” LPC Therapist

“The live demo of RIGAAR was awesome” Hypnotherapist

“All of these days were excellent! I particularly liked the distinction around suggestions, nominalizations, and normalising. I see immediate applications to my life and work” Coach

*LPC = Licensed Professional Counsellor



Applying HG insights to the world's trouble spots

John Bell, co-founder of The Conciliators GuildPeople from 12 different countries travelled to London in June for the 1-day workshop ‘Fear and Political Chaos’ to explore the causes of many of the world's problems – including radicalisation and extremism – and how involving a greater understanding of psychology and our innate human needs in domestic and international relations could improve politics and conflict resolution.

International negotiators, diplomats and policy makers joined HG Diploma graduates for the thought-provoking and informative day, which was hosted jointly by HG College and The Conciliators Guild. The quality of the lectures and contributions was extremely high and many commented on how helpful the material covered would be for their work.

If you missed this one-off event, you can watch samples of the talks here >

You can also 'attend' the whole day at it's now available online – and SAVE 20% on the course price with the code 'NEWS20' – valid until 30.9.17

What you will learn from the course >

Attendees from the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) – an independent Finnish organisation working to prevent and resolve violent conflicts through informal dialogue and mediation – have asked John Bell and Ivan Tyrrell to give an expanded workshop based on the day at their headquarters in Helsinki.

CMI has a staff of around 70 and works closely with all conflicting parties in some of the world’s most intractable conflicts.

We will report on other projects arising from this initiative in future newsletters.



Help for anyone starting University or College this Autumn

Online webinar: Supporting teenagers through the stress of starting university lifeIt’s that time of year again. Countless nervous students, and their families, are adjusting to the massive life change that comes with moving away to start University or College.

It can be a daunting and highly stressful time for everyone concerned – and the way young people adjust to the many challenges and changes it brings is critical to their emotional health; an important consideration seeing the dramatic rise in anxiety disorders, loneliness, depression and addiction problems amongst the student population.

Gareth Hughes’ powerful webinar, Supporting teenagers through the stress of starting university life, which proved immensely helpful to parents, professionals and students alike – is now available on-demand.

It offers sound, practical advice you can implement straight away, highlights potential problems many aren't aware of, explains what not to worry about – and shows how to make the transition to university as stress-free as possible, for everyone involved...

Please share the webinar link so that as many young people as possible can be helped by the valuable information it contains... click here for details



King Kong: Our Knot of Time and Music

King Kong: Our Knot of Time and MusicOn 2 February 1959, a musical about the life and times of heavyweight boxing star Ezekiel Dhlamini (known as 'King Kong') opened in Johannesburg to a packed audience that included Nelson Mandela.

King Kong was not just South Africa's first ever musical, but one that grew out of a collaboration between black people and white, and showcased an all-black cast. It was an instant hit, bursting through the barriers of apartheid and eventually playing to 200,000 South Africans of every colour before transferring to London's West End.

Pat Williams, known and loved by everyone in the HG community, was the show's lyricist. At the time she was an apolitical young woman trying to free herself from the controls and prejudices of the genteel white society in which she lived. In King Kong: Out Knot of Time and Music she recounts her experience of growing up in a divided South Africa, her involvement in the musical, and its lasting impact both on herself and on the show's cast, many of whom went on to find international fame, like South African jazz legends Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela.

Recently published, her memoir is both a vivid evocation of a troubled time and place as well as a celebration of a joyous production, in which a group of young people came together in South Africa's dark times to create a show that still lives on today.

As anyone who has attended Pat’s How to tell Stories that Heal workshop can attest, she certainly knows how to tell a good story… and this one is no exception, it’s a highly enjoyable and enlightening read, full of psychological insight.



MP3s on HG Publishing's new website

Save 15% off your first order at humangivens.comHG Publishing's new website has just been launched. It's fully responsive (which means you can access it easily on any mobile device) and for the first time it includes a range of MP3 downloads, as well as the many books, CDs and the HG Journal – the current edition of which celebrates 20 years of 'human givens' with a look back at everything that's been achieved since the term was first coined.


To celebrate the launch – you can SAVE 15% on your first order (inc. journal subscriptions) from HG Publishing's new website: using the code: 'WELCOME' click here for full details >
(Offer Expires 8.10.17)




One last thought...

“A promise is a cloud; fulfilment is rain.”


Jane Tyrrell - EditorWe hope you've enjoyed this edition of the Human Givens e-newsletter – if you have any news you think our readers would like to hear about, do get in touch. We love to hear from you.

With best wishes,

Jane Tyrrell, Editor
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