HG Newsletter - April 2019
In this issue:
This year Mental Health Awareness Week (13th–19th May) will focus on body image – how we think and feel about our bodies and how this can directly impact our mental health. To chime with this, we take a look at body image through the wide angle HG lens, we also examine the worrying hijack of the bio-psycho-social model of mental health and we highlight the trouble our teenagers are in, and how the HG approach can help. Please do get in touch with your thoughts on these crucial matters.
Why are we bothered about how we look? Some would say they don’t care, others are obsessed with appearance, many of us are in between. Within the catch-all of ‘body image’ is our physique – shape, size, fitness level – and also how we cover our bodies – clothes, make-up, hair, piercings and tattoos. Apart from the obvious need to wear clothes to keep warm, what’s it all about? Read more >
HG-trained lobbyist Marion Brown has spotted an alarming reversal in the use of the bio-psycho-social model for mental health and wellbeing within the medical world. Here, she explains how the problem has arisen, the harm it is causing, and what needs to be done about it:
“Our Human Givens approach is grounded in the bio-psycho-social model: taking into account what could be going on for people physically/biologically, psychologically, and in their social lives and relationships. HG therapists use this framework to skilfully enable people to find ways to get their various bio/psycho/social needs met in balance. Within this is an appropriate appreciation of the ‘power of belief’ in terms of an understanding that what we focus our minds on is much more likely to happen, and thinking in positive, needs-oriented ways is conducive to emotional wellbeing.
Teenage mental health
In this BBC News item Children’s Commissioner for England Anne Longfield alerts the UK to the “extremely worrying state” of children’s mental health services, with reduced funding and resources in one third of the country creating a ‘postcode lottery’ for children requiring help. And yet, she feels, help could be simpler and more effective than we think:
"The children I speak to who are suffering from conditions like anxiety or depression aren't asking for intensive inpatient therapeutic treatment, they just want to be able to talk to a counsellor about their worries and to be offered advice on how to stop their problems turning into a crisis.”
The HG troubled teens course offers a wealth of information and education about the teenage brain, what’s going on for our youngsters, and how to give effective help in ways that suit teenagers and develop their innate resources.
You can enjoy 10% OFF the next course on Thursday 16th May in London. It's open to all – teenagers, parents, teachers, therapists and anyone else who would like to learn more about this crucial and often misunderstood stage in our lives.
Good Practice: ethics for the caring professions offers essential information, advice and insightful discussion around the ethical dilemmas and professional difficulties you may encounter when working with people suffering emotional distress. It is a rare opportunity to learn, in the comfort of your own home, from the vast experience of 4 of our tutors: Ivan Tyrrell, Sue Saunders, Ian Thomson and Denise Winn.
One last thought
"To me, beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin.
It's about knowing and accepting who you are"
Ellen Degeneres, comedian, USA
Explore our articles and interviews
The missing ingredient in a person’s life might not be obvious at first...
Andrew Jones describes how the human givens approach has transformed his effectiveness in his demanding role as a chaplain in the Royal Air Force.
When? That’s the big unanswerable question: the uncertainty of which can cause us debilitating fear or a ‘head in the sand’ attitude of ignoring the inevitable. In this article Julia Welstead looks at our mortality and preparing for the inevitable.
Even though self-harm is discussed in the media, the subject of self-harming can still feel difficult to approach. Emily Gajewski's ‘From Self-harm to Self-belief’ one-day training course offers clear, research-based framework and practical skills, so you needn’t feel that way again….
Teacher trainer Andy Vass shows how knowledge and application of the human givens approach could help hard-pressed teachers reduce stress and improve the climate in class.
Angela Austin describes how the human givens approach has informed her work to create an emotionally safe place where children with autism can learn.
Julia Welstead looks at how our inner resources - with a little help from an effective therapist - can help us to overcome trauma, build resilience through difficult times and develop a positive mindset and zest for life.
Frances Masters describes what led her to set up a charity to deliver free psychotherapeutic coaching, based on the human givens.
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To help others effectively we need to have enough ‘spare capacity’ – which means looking after our own wellbeing too. Find out more about Human Givens College's new live online workshop - with Emily Gajewski.
The HGI is looking for non-HGI members to sit on its EOC, as well as a registered HG therapist to sit on its Board.