What people say about human givens training
“This is the most inspirational training I have ever had – I had no idea that trauma could be dealt with quite so effectively and safely. More people need to know about this version of the rewind technique and Joe Griffin's wonderfully sensible and humane way of helping people.”
“Excellent, practical and empowering – a genuine breath of fresh air in the world of psychology and therapy.”
Senior Mental Health Practitioner
“Thank you for a hugely motivating day. It's left me feeling enthusiastic and hopeful about working with some of my very challenging, stuck clients.”
“The delivery of the subject matter was exceptional. It gave me a deeper and in-depth understanding about anxiety disorders and what to do about them.”
"The information on your courses is always so clear and helpful, you cut out the superfluous and tell us what we really need to know to be able to help people! I have tried other courses but they don't seem to get to the heart of the matter like you do. Thank you."
Mother (retraining as a counsellor)
“Excellent, profound presentation – a really useful course. Am so glad I came.”
“The human givens approach to therapy is like a light at the end of a tunnel – I have been considering becoming involved in therapy/counselling for some time but not known which way to go – until now.”
Environmental Health Officer
“Fascinating to learn why addictive behaviour is so compulsive and that there IS a way to stop addictions and that this can be achieved in a straight-forward and understandable way.”
“I appreciated the enormous amount of relevant and up-to-date information which was presented in a very palatable way – with humour too! Presentation made a lot of sense, was jargon-free and made rethink some of my precious work in this area with clients – time for an update! I was never bored or lost focus! Thank you for such a stimulating and thought-provoking day.”
Counsellor / Therapist NHS
“An excellent and fascinating examination of the factors that compound addiction. Refreshing scientific – no woolly therapy speak – much appreciated.”
Teacher / Counsellor / Hypnotherapist
“I have worked with people suffering from addiction, but have never understood their behaviour and why people continue to return to their previous behaviour and habits – until today. Thank you.”
Senior Staff Nurse
“Excellent as ever, continually updated with new understanding and techniques. Thank you.”
“Fantastic new insights and techniques into working with patients who are depressed presented in down to earth, understandable language.”
Family Support Worker
“It was brilliant and truly enlightening in every sense – I found the whole day mesmorising, I hung onto every word!”
“This was the most thought-provoking workshop I've experienced so far. It has given me a whole new perspective on addictive behaviour which I feel is based on a sound knowledge base rather than myth.”
Senior Parent Advisor
“It provided a positive structure with clear principles which can be used to help clients change patterns of behaviour.”
“A fascinating insight into the role of depression and how it may be affecting my physiotherapy patients. Explained in a very easy to understand way.”
“…these skills [for managing anger] are priceless not only for my work but also my family life! The human givens approach is the way forward.”
Social Worker Mental Health
“I was impressed with the holistic vision of human beings as evident in the human givens approach. The content of the lectures are always so very clear and well illustrated.”
Teacher in a special needs school
“The information is always put over in a very well argued and logical manner. Although I have delivered a lot of courses myself about managing anger, I still learnt something new in this session. Human givens seminars always make me think and reappraise the way I conduct my own work and conduct my own personal life too”
“Utter common sense”
“Very helpful – as I progress with the Diploma I continue to be amazed by the integrity of HG as an organising idea – and the simplicity of it. Wonderful to be improving my skills like this.”
“A totally new subject to me but the ideas fit well with how we work with parents and children and help them to move on – great strategies which will help me approach work with families from a different angle.”
Children’s Services Practitioner for NSPCC
“Refreshing to find a commonsense approach that used right, cannot fail to make a difference to people’s lives.”
“Absolutely inspirational! This course was so coherent and presented such a clear and inspirational vision of the human givens approach and why we so need this in today’s society! Very illuminating for myself, and also the techniques are immediately helpful for working with people”
“I never fail to be astounded by the knowledge gained by attending your courses – I always leave feeling more empowered!”
“The different way of looking at counselling was really encouraging and such common sense. Direct relevance to my current job role in the Conditional Management Programme, helping people to overcome health problems to move them closer to the world of work.”
“A wonderful way of bringing together all the thinking and development around psychology and counselling over the past century into one practical, holistic approach.”
Career Guidance Counselling
“Straightforward explanations that make sense! It was great to get through so much and so effectively in one day! Coming from an educational background I have been looking for the link between therapy and learning – I found it today. Thank you for a great day.”
Tutorial & Learner Involvement Co-ordinator
“This wonderful workshop [Guided Imagery] made the airy fairy a concrete, beneficial reality!”
“I can actually visualise the people that are going to benefit from learning the techniques, and the changes it will bring for them.”
Occupational Health Nurse (Mental Health) after attending the Guided Imagery and Visualisation Workshop
“Discovering the power of storytelling in a therapeutic way is enlightening and empowering – these techniques will definitely enhance my future work. It has given me confidence in using my intuition.”
“Thank you for passing this much-needed information about healing trauma on to others in such an accessible way – you are modern-day heros!”
Artist, Teacher, Training in Counselling
“Good to know there is a proven alternative to long-term therapy!”
“Learnt new skills for working on an emotional yet practical level with teenagers and gave me more insight into their development, a great day. Thoroughly recommend it.”
“These courses are brilliant for showing how we can make practical use of the latest insights into what's happening in our brains when we get distressed or suffer trauma to better help our clients – it's been really useful to attend.”
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Explore our articles and interviews
Emily Gajewski describes how, as a therapist in private practice, she helped a client overcome the psychotic delusions that were keeping her trapped.
John Bell suggests that only a radically different, innate needs-based approach to conflict resolution can bring a possibility of peace to the Middle East.
Mark Evans describes how working imaginatively with rewards and punishments has helped his clients achieve very swift change
Human givens principles have been introduced to over 200 schools and adopted systemically by some. Here, four headteachers provide a vivid snapshot of their impact.
Joe Griffin goes back to basics to arrive at a some powerful new insights into the givens of human nature.
Ian Thomson takes a look at a selection of ethical issues of relevance to human givens practitioners.
Why the human givens approach is important for psychotherapy.
Joe Griffin explains why dreaming, and forgetting our dreams, fulfils a vital human need.
In this article, Joe Griffin suggests that techniques which can yield immediate success, may share an underlying mechanism.
Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell explain how and why a human givens approach can help therapists shift depression in just a few sessions — or less.
We all take sleep for granted until we have problems with it and then we quickly remember how desirable a good night's sleep is.
Counsellors who use it know that the 'rewind technique' is fast, safe, painless and effective for dealing with trauma. Keith Guy and Nicola Guy have tested it in research.
Ivan Tyrrell explores with Adam Curtis how Freudian ideas are flourishing in business and politics today and insidiously influence all of our lives.
Looking at cult behaviour. A revised version (including additional material) of an article by Ivan Tyrrell, first published in 1993, that explores Dr Arthur Deikman's enlightening work on cult behaviour.
An article about the human givens approach that appeared in the major American publication, Family Therapy Magazine.
Joe Griffin explains why dreaming, and forgetting our dreams, fulfils a vital human need.
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