Monday, 28 May 2012

A thank you - Human Givens Conference 2012

A sincere thank you to all who managed to attend the HG Conference held at Sunningdale Park in early May. It was a very successful two days with truly inspiring contributions from both in-house and guest speakers.

New relationships were formed, existing ones strengthened and refined, and evidence presented in abundance of the positive changes that can take place when HG organising ideas and understandings are introduced into the work-place; from schools to private companies, from Gaelic football teams to government departments.

For those of you who were unable to attend, or who would like to be revisit some of the ideas, many of the presentations from the conference will appear as articles in the Human Givens Journal or be made available online over the coming months.

Friday, 25 May 2012

"in8" - Using innate skills to enrich life

Resource pack: in8 cards
in8 is a new modular training programme for individuals, teams and groups using the human givens approach. It was launched at the Human Givens Conference 2012.

in8 Training
in8 training is ideal for use in workplace and group situations, increasing effectiveness, managing stress and improving performance through understanding what makes people 'tick' and how to get all your innate needs met.

Personal Development
in8 also offers personal development in the form of one to one training with an in8 trainer. More akin to a coaching program than 'therapy', with in8 personal development you can choose eight session themes appropriate to your situation, including 'Communication skills', 'Clear Thinking - how we react to stuff', Relaxation and Visualisation' and 'Improving physical health and sleep'. in8 personal development is suited to those going through changes in life situation for example relationship troubles, retirement, redundancy or illness.

Training to Deliver
in8 also offers a 4 day training programme for Human Givens College students to deliver in8 courses to others.

The first dates for these courses are:
Tuesday 18th to Friday 21st September 2012 in Bath
Tuesday 12th to Friday 15th February 2013 in Bath

'I found this course really enjoyable – fun, stimulating and fulfilling. It was great to be taught by such experienced and sensitive teachers and I feel much more confident now!'

'A superbly well thought out, organised and thought provoking day which has been incredibly valuable to our organisation. I would recommend this service wholeheartedly.'

The next in8 courses for individuals are taking place on:

12th July 2012 in Salisbury 
8th September 2012 in Bath

Please see for more details, and contact in8 for further course info and pricing.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Money is just a metaphor: Ivan Tyrrell interviews Hazel Henderson for the next Human Givens Journal

Those who attended this years Human Givens Conference heard Ivan Tyrrell referring to Hazel Henderson, a world-renowned consultant on sustainable development and author of many books including the award-winning Ethical Markets: growing the green economy.

Since then he has interviewed her for the next edition of the Human Givens Journal.

She had read both Human Givens: A new approach to emotional health and clear thinking, and Godhead: The Brain's Big Bang, which she describes as 'deep, original and very important'.
Hazel has become a great supporter of the human givens approach and was very interested to discuss context blindness ('caetextia'), green economics and the 'defrocking' of the banking system.

She and Ivan recommend to our readers that, since we are all affected by the current financial crisis (both in the US and Europe), you watch The Money Fix, a fascinating, myth-busting documentary that unravels our real relationship to 'money'.You can watch the documentary for free online.

Look out for the interview in the next issue of the Human Givens Journal due out in mid June 2012.

Read more about the Human Givens journal and subscribe here, the cost is £30 a year for UK subscription with a £5 saving if using a standing order. An overseas subscription is just £38.

The journal is published biannually and has never contained any advertising, being funded purely by subscriptions.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

How to improve services while cutting costs

By teaching professionals how to help depressed, anxious, addicted and otherwise emotionally disturbed adults and children to get better quickly and maintain emotional wellbeing, human givens psychotherapy training helps to reduce enormous amounts of suffering but also saves considerable amounts of taxpayers’ and private organisations’ money.

 For example:

 • GP surgeries using human givens therapists report a high success rate even with patients suffering longterm mental health problems – providing immediate benefits and also helping to prevent them from developing more severe and enduring problems in future (see: ‘Human Givens: the evidence so far' in the HG Journal, Vol 16, No 4, 2009)

 • Schools, colleges and residential therapeutic communities where the staff have thoroughly absorbed their human givens training see dramatically improved performance, mental health rates and OFSTED reports (read example)

 • Our graduates treat sufferers from PTSD effectively and swiftly – usually in only a couple of sessions, (the second session to ensure the treatment has worked)

 • Results to date from an ongoing nationwide study using full outcome-measure data collection from hundreds of patients already indicate that human givens therapy is highly cost-effective, with HG therapists helping the majority of clients make significant changes in an average of only four sessions*

 • One of the UK’s largest providers of income protection policies regularly uses human givens therapists to help people back to work because of the significant savings in payouts and reserves it brings them

 • Hartlepool MIND, whose staff were all trained in the human givens approach, are now able to successfully treat over 10 times more people each year (suffering a wide range of severe, hard-to-treat conditions) than previously.

[* These results are currently being prepared for publication by Nottingham Trent University. Other studies are underway.]

Friday, 11 May 2012

7 Myths about Depression

Here we debunk 7 common myths about depression:

Myth 1: Difficult life situations cause depression 

Difficult life situations are not the cause of depression, what causes depression is how we cope with the difficult life situation. One person can suffer from a tragic experience and not be depressed, while a relatively trivial problem can send someone else into a severe depression.

Myth 2: Depression is an illness you can get again and again 

It isn't depression that is recurrent, but the difficulties that life throws at us that keep on producing depression. If you react to difficult circumstances in the same way each time, depression will keep manifesting.

Myth 3: Depression is passed down to children genetically

Despite extensive research, a 'depression gene' which makes more than a marginal contribution to depression has never been found. And it seems unlikely that it ever will be. What may be picked up by children from their parents are inadequate ways of coping with difficult life situations, which makes them more prone to depression themselves, should they go on to experience difficulties. 

Myth 4: Depression is always an unnecessary additional problem 

Depression is a sign that something is wrong. It should be viewed as a signal from the person about their current situation, not as an extra, unrelated condition that needs to be managed throughout their lives by long-term therapy or anti depressant drugs. Although drugs can be helpful in some situations, they should be viewed as a last resort.

Myth 5: Depression is anger turned inwards 

The myth that depression is 'anger turned inwards' has no biological basis. As we know from the expectation fulfilment theory of dreaming, every night we dream to dearouse emotions from the day before, so anger cannot be 'turned inwards' in the long-term. 

Myth 6: Depression is a biological illness

Depression is NOT a biological illness. Of course there is a biological element to depression (every thought and emotion we feel affects the levels of the feel-good brain chemical serotonin), but there is no evidence that the cause is biological. Research shows that the vast number of depressions lift when treated with effective psychological therapy. This could not happen if depression were a biological illness. If you have been told that you have an illness caused by an imbalance of chemicals in the brain that you can't help, this is disempowering you. Our position – that worrying about emotional needs that are not being met in your life causes depression – is not only more scientifically accurate, it is the most empowering thing you could know about depression. The reason being that it means, either that you can be in charge of your own recovery, or that someone else who understands why people get depressed can help you recover.

Myth 7: Depression is caused by a chemical imbalance 

For the same reason, it is a myth that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. Our levels of serotonin fluctuate constantly depending on our mood and how we feel about ourselves. If we are depressed, we have low levels of serotonin, whereas, when we are positive and acting positively, levels of serotonin are high. It is the depressed mood that causes changes in brain chemistry, not the other way around. Another fact that confirms the chemical imbalance idea is wrong is that, in 75 percent of cases, depression gets better on its own within 6 months without chemical intervention.

For more information on depression: see

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

The Slow Ride to Turin: Raising money for the Human Givens Foundation

Maddy Corbin from Devon is cycling from Axminster to Turin in Italy to raise money for the Human Givens Foundation and the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust in memory of her sister Philippa, who tragically took her own life in January 2011. Philippa suffered from depression.

Maddy and her close family learned of the human givens approach shortly after Philippa's death and chose to raise money for the Human Givens Foundation to support the work of Human Givens College, which trains thousands of health professionals each year to treat depression quickly and effectively

Dr Sue Becker, who shared with them the empowering organising ideas behind the Human Givens approach to depression states on the Slow Ride to Turin website:
"I have been working as a GP for over 20 years in Dorset, and have been using the techniques I learnt with the Human Givens organisation for at least the last 12 years. I can definitely say that the Human Givens approach has transformed the way I work and enabled me to be helpful and supportive to my patients even when they find themselves at a very low point in their lives.  
Through Human Givens training I have learnt various short contact therapies many of which can be used during a 10-15 minute consultation with quick and simple ways of helping people to focus positively on moving forward rather than encouraging them to go over their problems and “rehearse their failures”. The Human Givens refer to those resources we all have within us and which we can learn to access and use to help ourselves. When we understand how the brain works to protect us and how it may inadvertently keep us in a “fight or flight” mode then we can also learn how to turn these alarms down and allow ourselves to think calmly and problem solve again. Something as simple as counting 7 to breathe in and 11 to breathe out with muscle relaxation has given many of my patients an effective tool they can use to help themselves whenever they feel they need it. To gain control over your own stress reaction is very empowering for us all and in itself significantly reduces the stress and distress we can go through at difficult and challenging times in our lives. The Human Givens guided imagery and relaxation CD’s and self help books are also excellent and I find I am constantly loaning out my copies although many people ultimately buy a copy for themselves. 
 I can whole heartedly recommend this approach to others working with low, distressed and anxious people of all ages as I found the techniques so good that I have happily funded myself for the various seminars and workshops I have attended over the years. It would be great to see these messages spread far and wide. We need this type of positive, self empowering help available in the health service, schools, caring services and the community at large and so it is very good to hear that the Slow Ride to Turin may be able to fund some bursaries to train individuals or help to support the Human Givens Foundation."

Maddy will cycle slowly on the 800 mile journey, enjoying good food along the way, to share the ethos championed by her sister who was an enthusiastic proponent of the slow food movement, supporting traditional and regional cuisine.

To sponsor Maddy and raise money for charity, please see her Charity Giving Page

To see Human Givens College Courses on depression please visit the Human Givens College Website

For more information on depression please visit:

Thursday, 3 May 2012

'Just What we Need' website launch

Just What We Need is a flexible and educational 12-session programme, developed using sound Human Givens principles.

The course has been described as 'better than counselling' and aims to give insight into emotional health for all participants through creative group work. Its particular structure and focus on emotional needs also makes it accessible for anyone experiencing emotional distress.

An except from the the new Just What We Need website:
"It is becoming clear that many emotional difficulties that people experience in life stem from a lack of knowledge about innate emotional needs. When people do not have this understanding about themselves they cannot ensure that these needs are met in their own lives, and often in the lives of others with whom they live and work.  They cannot then provide an emotional healthy environment in which they and others can flourish. 
The 'Just What We Need' programme, using the human givens approach, is successfully meeting this need.  It gives participants genuine insight into innate emotional needs and how these are connected to mental wellbeing, positive behaviour and the healthy development of themselves and others, through the recognition that we all basically have the same needs.
Based on sound human givens principles, and using fun and creative activities, this 12-session programme has revealed a hunger for practical psychological knowledge among participants and demonstrated how their awareness, self-esteem and confidence develops significantly through their involvement. 
Just What We Need has included participants from all sections of society. Common themes have been anxiety, depression and social isolation. 
Participants in 'Just What We Need' programmes have described  the experience as life transforming and "better than counselling".
The testimonials page provide a moving tribute to how Just What We Need courses have changed the life of the people who have experienced them: "This course is for anyone who needs to work out where they are and what they need from life.  I found the whole experience amazing.  I know now who I am, where I am in my life and most importantly what I need from my life. I cannot thank the course leaders enough."

As well as providing Just What We Need programmes for participants from all walks of life, training for Human Givens trained individuals to lead their own Just What We Need training programmes are also offered.

Find out more about Just What We Need, please contact Linda Hoggan or Carmen Kane.

More Information

Read an article from the Human Givens Journal about the innovative approach taken by Just What We Need.