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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

As with the 2011 study cited under ‘Earlier Research’ below, 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.

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 Societyā€™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 practiceā€¯). 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. A number of GPs with large and diverse practices are committed to supporting the implementation of an RCT. The HGF trustees will continue to investigate ways of obtaining the large amount of monies needed to support a study.

Funding of research database

In accordance with its object to promote research into the human givens, the Foundation has for a number of years 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.”

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.

Depression Lifter app

Using the monies generously donated by the Corbin family, the HGF is developing a ‘Depression Lifter’ 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 2016.

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.

The HGF is a member of the Fundraising Standards Board

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

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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