HG Newsletter - June 2018
In this issue:
- Human givens research update
- The trouble with "the meds"
- Case study: My Antidepressant Experience
- HG Journal
- Join our social media community
Many of you attended our recent HGI Conference weekend focussing on ‘living with uncertainty’, which was packed with a wide range of moving and informative talks from brilliant speakers who stimulated lively discussions and left us energised and encouraged at the extent to which HG insights are penetrating deeper into society.
Everyone welcomed our first patron, Sue Cook, and we hope that members will introduce other well-placed individuals to become patrons.
One key talk, given by Dr Shona Adams, presented new research results on the efficacy of the rewind technique, incorporating data collected and contributed by seventy HG therapists via the Pragmatic Tracker database. Such data collection is absolutely vital to our ongoing research, and hearty thanks must go to all contributors, as well as to Shona and her research team.
Human Givens research update
At the Conference, Dr Shona Adams, clinical psychologist and HG practitioner, presented a summary of her research 'Human Givens Rewind Treatment for PTSD and Sub-threshold Trauma' (undertaken with colleague Dr Steven Allan, clinical psychologist, University of Leicester) on the effectiveness and acceptability of a single rewind session, plus the results of a systematic review and meta-analysis based on 13 studies.
Shona's talk gave us invaluable information about the uncertainty of carrying out research and the evidence-based claims that can be made from it. You can view an Abstract and her research findings here – and if you're a Professional Member of the HGI you can log in and watch her talk in the Members' Area of the HGI website.
The trouble with "the meds"
Marion Brown is a Human Givens practitioner who has been working to understand and help people to recover from unexpected, and often unrecognized, effects (side effects, tolerance and withdrawal) of commonly prescribed antidepressants and anxiety medications.
She is leading a public petition at the Scottish Parliament for recognition of the issues. This petition is gathering an astonishing collection of evidence which is revealing a deeply troubling picture of what is happening to far too many people.
Leading psychiatrist and author Dr David Healy, joined Marion Brown, and a group of patient ‘experts by experience’ to contribute to a Spotlight programme on Talk Radio Europe, where the history of, and problems with, these medications was discussed, as well as the action being taken. A follow-up programme is planned for later in June.
Case Study: My antidepressant experience
"My name is James and I live in the UK with my wife and daughter. I have been taking an antidepressant for six years and, for the last 12 months, I have been attempting to slowly withdraw.
"It is the single most gruelling, most challenging experience of my life and one I was in no way prepared for by my prescriber..." Read more >
Human Givens Journal
While there are other journals that cover psychology and therapy, it is only in our own journal Human Givens that practitioners can get an invaluable HG perspective on working with different client groups or using HG in different settings, such as teaching, parenting, management, etc. Readers tell us they are much inspired by the first-person accounts of working creatively to get the best from people using HG understandings.
Each issue also features an in-depth interview with innovative and authoritative thinkers in a variety of fields, including psychology, neuroscience, politics and history.
The journal is published twice a year, in June and December, and is essential reading for human givens practitioners who want to keep up to date with HG thinking. A subscription costs £30 – please note the price reflects the fact that the journal does NOT take advertising – or you can receive the journal FREE by joining the Human Givens Institute as a professional or associate member.
Highlights of the NEW June issue include articles on how HG ideas are being spread through an entire county; top tips for practising ethically; successful work with patients 'stuck' in obesity; how surfing has helped veterans with life-changing injuries and PTSD; fostering, from an HG perspective; bringing HG understandings into diplomacy; and recovering more quickly from major physical trauma.
Anyone who attended the HG conference will remember the highly moving account given by former clinical commissioner Bernie Rochford, who became a whistle blower after serious concerns about patient safety – her horrifying story, and how it took every ounce of her strength to develop and maintain resilience, is powerfully retold in this issue.
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Explore our articles and interviews
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….
Last night, while you slept, you went into the REM state and dreamed. You probably don't remember because, for a very good reason, we evolved not to. However all normal humans go into the REM state and dream every night and most mammals show evidence of this brain pattern too.
Stuart Coulden describes an innovative project for enhancing emotional health in diverse school communities.
Most people think ethics is concerned with truth, justice, equality, loyalty, fairness, values, principles, morals, etc. All these words in italics are abstractions. They are content free. They contain no sensory information. Such words used to be called 'reifications' in philosophy and are now more commonly called 'nominalisations'.
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.
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.
Julia Welstead considers what we should really be giving this Christmas... and all year round too
Jim Penman tells Ivan Tyrrell how biology drives our social history, explaining temperament change within cultures and the rise and fall of civilisations.
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Please share your ideas - and look out for the first episode, featuring a discussion with Joe Griffin about sleep and dreaming.
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