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>> New Online Training


You can now experience human givens training with Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell at a time and place that suits you with the launch of HG College's new online training website.


New courses are being continually added. Click here for more details.


Posted 08.01.2015



>> The Right Hook interview


Hear George Hook’s interview with Joe Griffin on Wed 31st Oct 2012 prior to his talk in Trinity College on Emotional Health and Wellbeing. The interview has been split into two parts:

Part 1
Part 2




Posted 14.11.2012




>> British Psychological Society publishes research showing the effectiveness of HG therapy

Piloting a practice research network: A 12-month evaluation of the Human Givens approach in primary care at a general medical practice has been published in The British Psychological Society’s peer reviewed publication: Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice. The paper’s conclusion supports the massive amount of anecdotal evidence and data sets on thousands of patients now gathered by human givens therapists in the UK and Ireland.

This is good news for all those facing critics who, without looking directly at actual examples of effectiveness, say there is no evidence for the human givens holistic approach to mental health because it has not appeared in a peer reviewed journal.

Typical of the conclusions in the paper are, “The HG approach is informed by NICE guidelines and the evidence upon which they are based … the approach is a bona fide treatment that significantly contributes to assisting service users in primary care to move towards recovery.” “Pre- to post-treatment changes measured with the CORE-OM and CORE-10 suggested that the therapy was highly effective.” And, “The HG approach is an effective treatment for working with service users presenting with a variety of problems, and particularly anxiety and depression, in primary care settings.”

Much of the funding for this research project was raised and donated by the HG Foundation. The papers authors were, William Andrews, Elspeth Twigg, Takuya Minami and Gina Johnson, the GP whose initiative and enthusiasm triggered the research project with the three Human Givens therapists, Mary Marshall, Jane Newson-Smith and Jan Sherlock. Thanks should go to all these people and also to Sam Desborough, the project’s very competent administrator, and the funders: Steel Charitable Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation and the Human Givens Foundation. Some of Gina’s time was also supported by the National Institute for Health Research Flexibility and Sustainability Funding.

If you would like to receive a copy of the paper please email Bill Andrews at

The 'Measuring National Wellbeing Project'

Paul Allin, Director of the Measuring National Wellbeing Programme for the Office of National Statistics (ONS), had an in-depth discussion with Ivan Tyrrell, Director of Human Givens College and co-founder with Joe Griffin of the HG approach about innate human needs and how these are the ‘capital’ we all come into the world with.

Paul Allin was full of praise for our members' great work in energising, promoting and using all that’s known already about what makes for a fulfilled life. He said that he and his colleagues had found the submissions from Ivan and other HGI members very useful indeed (so much so that ONS were prompted to contact us directly for more information). He also wanted Ivan to encourage you all to contribute to the ‘National Debate on Wellbeing’ in whatever way you can.

This discussion will be published in the next issue of the Human Givens Journal.

These innovative courses are up and running in Drogheda, Limerick and Dun Loaghaire Co. Dublin and are transforming the lives of children nationwide. To find out more, read the article on the HGI website.


Posted 13.01.10



Julia Bueno's lead article, 'The rise of the human givens', explores the gaining momentum of the human givens approach and the success of MindFields College as the leading independent provider of training days to the NHS and social services.


Posted 13.01.10


>>  'Human givens: the evidence so far' – Bill Andrews describes the practice-based evidence from recent studies in his article featured in the Human Givens journal . Click here to read.

Posted 12.01.10