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Part 2

The intensive two weeks training with Tutors:
Sue Saunders and Carol Harper

Part 2 consists of ten days of highly-focused and enjoyable work. The two separate weeks are held approximately a month apart and include the observation of live therapy sessions in which the tutors work with real patients. The profound teaching style and practical approach is highly stimulating and generates much extra-curricular thought and discussion.

During the two weeks you will have plenty of opportunity to expand upon and consolidate the knowledge and skills you have obtained on the previous shorter courses – there are many practical group and one-to-one exercises – and learn how to subtly combine them into powerful therapy sessions that will empower those you work with to take back control of their lives. (Please note, you need to have attended all of the essential diploma-linked courses before attending Part 2).

>> Subjects and skills taught and consolidate on Part 2

This supervised training (as well as the tutors there are also course facilitators who are Diploma graduates using the human givens approach in their day-to-day work) ensures that you absorb what you need to know to work as effectively as possible.

>> What Diploma students say about the course

>> If you would like to watch a typical introductory lecture given on the first day
of the two-week course, click here.

Your route to an Accredited Register

Once you’ve successfully completed Part 2 of the Human Givens Diploma, you can proceed to the Practitioner Level Qualification: Part 3. Successful completion of Part 3 means you are eligible to apply for inclusion on the HGI’s Professional Register of Human Givens Therapists, which is accredited in the UK by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA).

With recent changes to the profession, it is now vital that all counsellors and therapists belong to an Accredited Register recognised by the Professional Standards Authority – which also oversees the General Medical Council, BACP, UKCP and many others.

More about Part 3 >

If you would like to know more about the course, or would like to discuss your options in more detail before applying, please don't hesitate to contact the College Registrar, Mark Thomas, on 01323 811690 or via email.

Subjects and skills taught:

On the first morning there is an introduction, where everyone meets each other, and a preliminary talk. The following subjects are then consolidated and taught throughout the ten days:

Constructing effective psychological interventions using the human givens' RIGAAR™ model

Quick rapport building skills – verbal and non-verbal
Fast, effective information gathering
How to avoid getting sucked into the patient’s subjective world
Listening skills, observing verbal and non-verbal cues
Reflective reframing (active listening with a twist)
Using language to build expectation and initiate change
How to establish clear goals with patients and agree strategies for achieving them
How to discover the client’s psychological and behavioural resources
Working with the ‘The Observing Self’ concept
Anxiety management, including how to deal with panic attacks, PTSD,
agoraphobia and OCD
The role of timing in therapy
Understanding and using the body’s natural relaxation response
The beneficial effects of relaxation on all forms of harmful emotional arousal
How to teach patients deep relaxation – a variety of techniques
Neutralising sub-threshold traumas and ‘molar memories’
Separating the patient’s core identity from their problem
Releasing locked-in patterns of trauma and dealing with abreaction
Pattern matching: how unconscious processes work
How to avoid creating false memories
Stimulating mental and physical healing – the power of attention, information and laughter
How to teach missing social skills
The importance of volition, clients have a need to take control of their lives
How to separate belief and opinion from fact and look directly at people and their situations
Understanding perception – why most therapy models unwittingly bias how patients are viewed
Stress and the mind/body system – an holistic view of physical health
How to stimulate the immune system – language, physiology and healing
Orienting questions and pattern interventions
Analysis of live demonstrations of psychotherapy
Transforming the intensity of a patient’s experience
Depathologising and changing labels
Using direct and indirect language
The metaphorical mind: Why the brain evolved to work with stories – the search for analogy
How to create and tell healing stories
The role of suggestibility in mind/body healing
Guided imagery to rehearse new behaviours
Sleep disorders
Why people get depressed – the cycle of depression
How to lift depression quickly and encourage permanent change
Working with self-harmers
Psychological techniques for pain management
Useful cognitive behavioural (CBT) approaches brought up to date with
the APET™ model
Dealing with difficult relationships and sexual problems and how to help those who have been physically, sexually or emotionally abused
Understanding why we evolved to dream
The relationship between dreaming and psychosis
Creativity, problem solving and brain function
Treating alcoholism, drug abuse and eating disorders
The stages of quitting: mobilising motivation – how to free yourself and others from addictive behaviour
Identifying and working with Asperger’s syndrome
Ethics & professional conduct: sexual/relationship issues – discernment; the sick and dying; intractable illness
Finding the spare capacity in yourself to be effective
Using outcome measurement as part of effective practice
Developing a private practice, for those who wish to.



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