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The Human Givens Institute achieves Mark of Quality

The Human Givens Institute (HGI), which represents Human Givens psychotherapists and practitioners, announced today (Wednesday 11 May, 2016) that its register has been accredited under the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA) in the UK. This mark of quality assures clients and the public that Human Givens practitioners belong to a register vetted and approved by an independent statutory body.

The mark of quality signifies that the HGI has met the Authority’s demanding standards in governance, setting standards, education and training, managing the register and dealing with complaints.

 Sue Saunders, Chair of RPSC on behalf of the HGI, said:

“This quality mark gives extra peace of mind to people seeking a counsellor, letting them know that Human Givens practitioners are committed to high standards of registration. Human Givens practitioners who meet the far reaching standards of our register, as approved by the PSA, will display this quality mark as a sign of and pledge to continued high standards of practice.”

Harry Cayton, Chief Executive of the Professional Standards Authority, said:

“We are very pleased to accredit the Human Givens Institute’s register of practitioners. Bringing HG practitioners into a broad framework of assurance is good for patients, service users and the public and is the best way to promote quality. The programme offers enhanced consumer protection to anyone looking for health and social care services and gives Human Givens psychotherapists the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to good practice.”

Accreditation with the PSA was achieved by the Institute following a rigorous process of evidence provision and demonstration of high standards in all of the measured areas.

The Human Givens Institute is the representative professional body for Human Givens psychotherapists and practitioners. Founded in 1997 in the UK by psychotherapist Ivan Tyrrell and Irish social psychologist, Joe Griffin, research demonstrates that Human Givens therapy works quickly and effectively – in four to six sessions on average.1,2 The Human Givens approach is also applied outside of the therapeutic context – including workplace training, social work, education and diplomacy. Although the PSA quality mark currently only applies to registrants in the UK, practitioner numbers are also growing globally: across Europe, in Asia, Australasia, South Africa, and the Americas.

Issued: Wednesday 11 May, 2016

Further Information:
Cathriona Edwards, HGI, +353 87 647 1120  email:  [email protected]

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1. Andrews, W. P., Wislocki, A. P., Short, F., Chow, D., Minami, T. (2013) "A 5-year evaluation of the Human Givens therapy using a Practice Research Network", Mental Health Review Journal, Vol. 18 Issue: 3, 2013, pp 165-176.

2. Andrews, W., Twigg, E., Minami, T. and Johnson, G. (11 February 2011) ‘Piloting a practice research network: A 12-month evaluation of the Human Givens approach in primary care at a general medical practice.' Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice. (British Psychological Society).

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Editors’ Notes

The Human Givens Institute is a global organisation concerned with unifying the most effective forms of counselling and psychotherapy into a truly biopsychosocial approach. It advances all aspects of Human Givens therapeutic practice, including standards, continued professional development and the ethical behaviour of members.


The Professional Standards Authority is an independent statutory body established to protect the public through its work with organisations that register and regulate people working in health and social care. Accountable to the UK Parliament, its reports help Parliament monitor and improve the protection of the public.

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Date posted: 21/04/2022