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.

Grateful thanks

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.

Earlier research

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

A longer-term aim of the HGF is the organisation of a randomised control trial (RCT) of HG therapy. It has been recognised for some time that the absence of such a study is a barrier to official recognition of the approach, including its inclusion in NICE guidelines. In 2016, the NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) in 2016 turned down the HGF’s bid for funding to carry out an RCT feasibility study. The Trustees will continue to explore options in relation to an RCT.

Funding of research database

For a number of years, in accordance with its object to promote research into the human givens, the Foundation met the cost of the annual licence for the Pragmatic Tracker database, which facilitates the recording and analysis of patient outcome data by human givens therapists.

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 Lawerence, 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.

Lift Depression app

The HGF is developing a ‘Lift Depression App’ mobile phone app, based on the human givens understanding of depression and its treatment. The HGF hopes to be in a position to launch the app in 2018.

HGF Annual Report and Accounts

HGF Annual Report and Accounts are available on request.

Further Items

PTSD Resolution

The PTSD 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.

Appeal for Members

Individual membership 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 HG Publishing.


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