Print Friendly, PDF & Email

HG Newsletter - May 2018

In this issue:


May is upon us, and with it our biennial HG Conference, which is happening next weekend – 12th and 13th May – at the beautiful Woodland Grange conference venue in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. Our theme of ‘Living with Uncertainty' is certainly pertinent in today’s rapidly changing world, where we all need to find ways of staying calm and tapping into our innate resilience and flexibility.

Our brains seek certainty as a survival technique, using the tools of memory and imagination by pattern matching past events to predict what might happen next. And yet as everyone knows, there is nothing so certain as uncertainty, change, and the unexpected. As Douglas Adams quipped in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy,  “We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty!”

As a young research assistant, I was tasked with counting wintering geese on the Hebridean Isle of Islay. I'd found a large flock feeding on an undulating field and reported back to my wiser colleagues that I thought I had probably counted 90% of them, but there might be a few over the hill or in the dips. My comment was met with gales of hilarity, “how can you ever tell what’s over the hill?!”  Imagine my embarrassment!  Decades on, it’s a lesson I've never forgotten.

We can't ever really know what’s over the hill, around the corner or hidden in the dips, but we can learn to relax in the face of uncertainty, thus freeing up our energy and intelligence to deal with whatever challenges await us.

We're looking forward to seeing everyone at this year's Conference, which looks set to be another fun, informative and thought-provoking event – if you can't make the whole weekend, why not come for a day?



HGI gains Professional Standards Authority re-accreditation

The PSA have renewed their accreditation of the Human Givens Institute’s Professional Register of Human Givens Practitioners in the UK with no conditions again, citing two achievements and recommendations. The accreditation covers the period April 2018 to April 2019, and can be seen in full on the PSA website. 

This continued Mark of Quality assures the general public, service commissioners and employers that human givens practitioners belong to a register vetted and approved by an independent statutory body.

An excellent outcome, this news will be much appreciated by all HGI members. Our thanks go to Sue Saunders and Ian Thomson for all the hard work that has gone into administering this once again.



The Weekend University – A Day on Mental Health

Author and co-founder of the Human Givens movement Ivan Tyrrell will be giving a talk for The Weekend University (which aims to make the best psychology lectures available to the public via a series of ‘lecture days’), on Sunday 27th May at the University of East London.

Ivan will discuss one of the most important psychological insights of our age: how all healthy human babies are born with a rich natural inheritance – a partially formed mind containing a genetic treasure-house of innate knowledge patterns: 'the human givens'. These patterns seek their completion in our environment.

We all experience these givens as physical and emotional needs, powerful forces that must be satisfactorily met if our minds are to unfold and develop to their fullest potential. The talk will discuss what each child and adult requires from the social and physical environment around them if they are to develop well, and how best to help those who aren't doing so well (and who suffer severe mental distress as a result).

Ivan will also comment on why, despite vast fortunes being spent by Governments on mental health, rates of depression, anxiety disorders and addiction are increasing around the world. He will briefly describe nature’s method of keeping us sane (dreaming), the cycle of depression and how best to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, and will also advise on what people seeking help from counsellors or psychotherapists should look for from them.

Fellow speakers during the day will be psychologist Professor Paul Gilbert OBE,speaking on ‘Evolutionary psychology, compassion and mental health’ and writer (author of ‘Lost Connections’) Johann Hari speaking on ‘Depression and anxiety: the real causes and unexpected solutions’.

Doors open at 9.30am and Ivan’s 90 minute lecture on human givens and mental health is scheduled to begin at 10am, with a 30 minute Q&A session immediately thereafter.

> You can view the talk online HERE



HG in Practice

In our bid to find out how people are putting the HG approach into practice, we were delighted to hear from primary school teaching assistant and HG Diploma graduate, Kashfi Khan. Here she describes how she has applied the HG ideas in very practical ways, to the benefit of pupils, parents and teachers alike.

“I am currently a teaching assistant in Hounslow Town Primary School, London, working with children who have English as an additional language (EAL). A few weeks ago we had a language network meeting for parents with EAL children. I was with a group of parents focusing on features of stories, helping them to become more confident in telling stories and showing ways to help their children using creativity.

"The workshop was interactive as parents were given modelling clay and resources to create characters for their story. At the start I introduced the  7–11 breathing technique to the parents, which they found to be so calming and told me they will use this with their children. I then for the first time in my school used guided imagery with the parents. It was so lovely to hear their response after the session. It helped them to relax in their special place as well as imagine the start of their story... "  Read more >

How are you using HG insights?

We’d love to know how you’re using what you’ve learnt from your interest in the human givens approach – whether you’re a therapist who has an interesting case history where HG has made a real difference to how you’re able to help, or you’ve used it in another line or work, or it has benefited you personally in some way.

Everyone loves a story, and we’re keen to share as many as possible to raise the profile of the human givens approach to wellbeing so that others can benefit too. You don’t have to write it up yourself, simply get in contact with us via: [email protected]



GDPR – New Data Protection Legislation

On 25th May 2018 the Data Protection Act (1998) will be significantly strengthened when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becomes law throughout the EU, including the UK and Republic of Ireland – you can read more about the main changes under the new GDPR here.

The HGI has produced important guidance for HG therapists on how this new legislation may affect their practice.  If you’re an HGI Professional Member and you haven’t yet seen these, please visit the Members' Area of the HGI website, at – you will need to log in to your account to view the information.

We have also updated our privacy policies to comply with the new legislation, and you can read these via the following links:  HGI  |  HG College  |  HG Publishing


We'd like to keep in touch with you

If you'd like to continue hearing about human givens, please re-confirm your email preferences using the button below.  It only takes a moment and gives you the opportunity to tailor which emails you’d like to receive from us.

Because of the new GDPR legislation, after 25th May we won't be able to send out emails to anyone who hasn't confirmed that they're happy to hear from us.

> Confirm your preferences HERE



One last thought...

"Let go of certainty. The opposite isn't uncertainty. It's openness, curiosity and a willingness to embrace paradox, rather than choose up sides. The ultimate challenge is to accept ourselves exactly as we are, but never stop trying to learn and grow."

Tony Schwartz
Journalist and author


Jane Tyrrell - EditorWe hope you've enjoyed this latest edition of HG News – do get in contact if you have any news or an interesting case study you think our readers would like to hear about

With best wishes,

Julia Welstead, Editor
Human Givens News

Latest News:

SCoPEd - latest update

The six SCoPEd partners have published their latest update on the important work currently underway with regards to the SCoPEd framework implementation, governance and impact assessment.

Date posted: 14/02/2024