What is the Human Givens Diploma? OLD

The Human Givens Diploma is an insightful, highly practical psychotherapy course that is revolutionising the successful treatment, understanding and prevention of mental and emotional health issues.


This much-praised course is primarily designed for anyone in the counselling, psychotherapy, psychiatric and medical professions who wishes to be more effective.

Because the training deals with fundamental issues that affect us all, those in other professions – such as education, social work, life coaching, HR, diplomacy, the armed forces, police, emergency services and business consultancy – also find it hugely beneficial.

It is presented without ‘psycho-babble’, so it is also suitable for anyone looking for a career change or interested for personal reasons – students often find that what they learn has a positive impact on their own lives, as well as on their ability to help other people.

Successful graduates of all three parts***** link to ‘Your Diploma Journey’ ****of the Diploma can join the HGI’s Professional Register, which is accredited in the UK by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

  • The only form of psychotherapy that unifies 100s of counselling models into one common language – see benefits of the HG approach

  • A highly effective alternative to drug treatments

  • Faster results in 1–2 sessions instead of the average 41

    1:NHS Research Study 2012

Outstanding! A scintillating learning experience that I didn’t want to end.

Elizabeth Mary Sabey
  • Group of adults learning and talking to each other

What will you learn?

To be truly effective, any psychological intervention needs to be based on a solid understanding of the real causes of emotional distress (including depression, anxiety disorders, trauma and PTSD, addictions, OCD, relationship problems, self-harm, psychosis/schizophrenia, phobias, anger and behavioural problems) and to take into account the bio-psycho-social needs of each individual, young or old.

The Human Givens Diploma gives you that essential knowledge base, throwing important new light on key problem areas and teaching you powerful brief, solution-focused therapy techniques that are consistently effective.  All of the information, techniques and skills you will learn are based on a sound, scientific body of knowledge about psychology and mind/body functioning.

Flexible, integrated approach

This flexible ‘tool box’ enables you to work holistically and creatively with your clients, tailoring therapeutic interventions to each individual’s needs as you help them overcome their difficulties as quickly as possible and empower them to build resilience against future setbacks.

The focus of this counselling course is highly practical, humane and far-reaching – the skills and information you will learn are easily transferable to other fields (such as parenting, teaching, coaching and back-to-work programmes – learn more) link to success stories and bring about considerable benefits.  Link to saving orgs money

As a result of human givens therapy, countless people have already been helped to regain their mental health and take back control of their lives – often surprisingly quickly.  (link to research?)

Who is the course for?

Because of the thorough grounding the diploma provides in essential psychological knowledge and therapeutic skills (always presented in clear, non-jargonistic language) it is suitable for anyone wishing to make a career change as well as those who want to increase and develop further the skills and knowledge they already have.

Students often find the course hugely helpful personally, as well as professionally, and thoroughly enjoy networking with the many like-minded people they meet during their training.

People from a wide range of caring professions have taken the Diploma, including: counsellors, psychiatric nurses, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, speech therapists, psychotherapists, consultant physicians, occupational therapists, childcare managers, teachers, police counsellors, family court welfare officers, drug project managers, nurses, GPs, youth workers, social workers, addiction counsellors, complementary therapists, community development consultants and midwives (you can read some of their comments here).

The appeal of the Human Givens Diploma is reaching far and wide – English speaking professionals have come from all over the world to attend, including: America, Brasil, Canada, France, Italy, Malta, Scandinavia, Ireland and South Africa, as well as from Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Wales. The United Nations have sent someone on the course and in 2017 the Diploma was taught in America for the first time.

Find out more

Find out more

  • Subjects covered on the Diploma
  • The 3 stages of the Diploma
  • What makes the human givens approach to therapy different?
  • How a human givens therapist can help
  • Diploma FAQs

The most intensive, well-balanced, rewarding and enjoyable course structure I've attended in over 30 years

Senior Police Officer

Ivan Tyrrell gives a short talk about the human givens, the Diploma and its benefits.

Then watch the first 30 minutes of the Diploma introductory lecture given by Joe Griffin, co-founder of the human givens approach

Where should I start?

If you’re interested in taking the Human Givens Diploma and haven’t yet done any of our training, we recommend you try at least two Diploma-linked courses before applying to make sure it’s for you.

A good place to start might be with one of the following:

  • How to make counselling more effective
  • From stress to psychosis
  • Effective brief psychotherapy
  • Guided Imagery and Visualistion for Therapeutic Change
  • Understanding the cycle of depression
  • How to lift depression – the practical skills you need
  • Understanding anxiety and managing it without drugs

Find out more

Find out more

  • Graduate success stories
  • How a human givens therapist can help
  • Benefits of the human givens approach
  • Sample our training online
  • Student feedback

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