HGF support for research into the human givens
Reporting and publication of research findings
In early 2012 the Foundation made a decision to fund the analysis and reporting of extensive patient outcome data
gathered by human givens therapists throughout the UK via the Human Givens Practice Research Network. The HGF is
pleased to report that a substantial paper reporting the findings from five years' worth of outcome data has been
prepared and accepted for publication in a prestigious peer reviewed journal -- the
Mental Health Review. The official
citation for the article is:
Andrews, W. P., Wislocki, A. P., Short, F., Chow, D., Minami, T. (2013) "A 5-year evaluation of the Human Givens
therapy using a Practice Research Network", Mental Health Review Journal, Vol. 18 Iss: 3
A summary of the findings will be posted on this page when the paper has been published.
An additional paper on patient outcomes in relation to the treatment of trauma is planned.
In order to raise the
necessary funds to support the research project, the HGF appealed to
the HGI membership, which donated the sum of £6,426.50. The HGF and
the HGI would like to thank those HGI members who contributed so
generously, and indeed, without their support the project could not
have been undertaken. Grateful thanks also go to Bill Andrews for his
expertise and effort in relation to data analysis and reporting on
behalf of the HGF.
During 2011, the
results of a similar project supported by the HGF were published in
the British Psychological Society’s journal, Psychology and
Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice
("Piloting a practice research network: A 12-month evaluation of the Human Givens approach
in primary care at a general medical practice”). The results indicate that in terms of effectiveness,
Human Givens (HG) therapy compares well with that of the government's
Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme.
Randomised control trial of HG therapy
It has been recognised
for some time that the absence of a randomised control trial (RCT) of
HG therapy is a barrier to official recognition of the approach,
including its inclusion in the NICE guidelines. We are pleased to
report that three GPs with large and diverse practices are now
committed to running an RCT of human givens therapy, and that
professional researchers from a university psychology department have
offered their services in support of the project. The study will
compare HG therapy with CBT. Efforts are now being made to obtain the
large amount of monies needed to support the study.
Funding of research database
In early 2013, in
accordance with its object to promote research into the human givens,
the Foundation again met the cost of the annual licence for the
CORE-Net database, which facilitates the recording and analysis of
patient outcome data by human givens therapists.
Call for further research proposals
Human Givens Foundation would like to fund research into the efficacy
of the human givens approach. Although funds are fairly limited, we
are keen to encourage psychological research as a way of furthering
our aims and establishing our ideas more broadly throughout the
academic, medical/ medical health professions and education.
proposals should be sent
to the Charity Secretary. We encourage an extract of
proposal as an initial approach. The Foundation Trustees meet several
times a year.
Just What We Need (JWWN)
During 2012, the
remaining funds generously donated by the Waterloo Foundation to
support Just What We Need training and delivery programmes
were allocated. In the event, with the agreement of the Waterloo
Foundation, the HGF paid for six HG practitioners from Wales to
attend a JWWN training course.
The Waterloo Foundation is primarily concerned with the wellbeing of children in Wales. The
Just What We Need (formerly Parent Pods) programme for
parents, which received its initial funding from the HGF, is designed
to teach parents about the human givens principles: the emotional
needs and resources, and how to get those needs met themselves and be
able to assess whether their children are getting their needs met.
Through activities and outings and group work around these
principles, parents learn how to create family situations where
emotional wellbeing is maintained. The following are quotes from some
of the HG practitioners who attended the 2012 Just What We Need
course referred to above:
“I joined the course in September 2011. 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 have also learnt how to deal with difficult situations and tell those who mean the most
to me how much I value them and supporting me through my most difficult and emotional times.”
HG Evidence Gathering Project
Since 2012, the HGF has
been working with Julie Taylor, consultant to the HGI Board, to
support the human givens evidence gathering project. This initiative
aims to identify and record wider research findings that have a
bearing on the human givens.
Further Generous support for the HGF
In 2012 Maddy Corbin
very generously offered to donate some of the monies raised by her
sponsored cycle ride to the Slow Food Festival in Turin. In 2011
Maddy’s sister Philippa, took her own life whilst suffering from
depression. Maddy and her friends and family organised the event to
raise awareness of the condition and to generate funds for its
treatment. Having come across the human givens via their GP, Maddy
and her family were keen to do something to promote the approach. The
trustees are delighted to report that the Slow Ride event was a great
success, raising around £64,000, half of which has been donated to
the HGF. The trustees wish to extend their sincere and heartfelt
thanks to Maddy Corbin, together with her friends and family, and to
all those who made donations, for their great efforts and generosity.
HGF Annual General Meeting 2012-2013
The AGM was held on
16th February 2013.
HGF Annual Report and Accounts
The HGF Annual Report
and Accounts for 2012-2013 have been prepared and are available on
Resolution project, which provides treatment for
veterans of the UK armed forces suffering from post traumatic stress
disorder, received its initial funding from the HGF.
The HGF is a member of the Fundraising
The Human Givens
Foundation adheres to the principles of the Fundraising Standards
Board (FRSB), the self-regulatory body for fundraising in the UK. We
have signed up to the highest standards of good practice with our
fundraising and the FRSB's Donors' Charter, which gives donors the
comfort of a 'safety net' provided by a robust complaints system.
Appeal for Members
has been set by the trustees at £120 per annum, and members will
receive a free library hardback edition of Human Givens: a new
approach to emotional health and clear thinking, a 15 per cent
discount on books by HG Publishing and a regular newsletter. Members
can join online.
The Foundation is grateful for any one-off or ongoing donations if
you cannot commit to membership at this time. Corporate memberships
start at £1,000 per annum, and come with a package of benefits such
as reduced attendance fees for some seminar/workshop places at events
taught by Human Givens College, corporate logos appearing on all HGF
literature and publicity material and further discounts on books from