The HG Diploma is a highly practical and accessible psychotherapy course that has been revolutionising the successful treatment, understanding and prevention of mental and emotional health issues for over 20 years – it also has wide-ranging applications outside the field

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

Elizabeth Mary Sabey

This much-praised, 3-part course is primarily designed for anyone in the counselling, psychotherapy, psychiatric and medical professions who wishes to be more effective.

CPD Provider LogoIt is also suitable for anyone who would like to change career and train as a psychotherapist or counsellor, or those wanting to gain additional knowledge and skills to develop their existing career.  Everything is presented clearly without ‘psychobabble’ by highly experienced clinical practitioners and students often find that what they learn has a positive impact on their own lives, as well as on their ability to help others.

Wide-ranging applications

People from many different professions also take the course because they find its profound psychological insights and the skills they learn are applicable to all areas of life, increase their effectiveness and help them create innovative changes that enhance wellbeing and productivity. These include: the armed forces, education, emergency services, HR, coaching, police, social work, youth workers, outreach workers, GPs, nurses, midwives, diplomacy, conflict resolution, occupational therapists, voluntary sector, mental health and welfare, sport psychologists and business consultants.

Some stop after Part 2, having gained the skills and knowledge they need, but many decide to progress to the full Practitioner Level (Part 3).

The HG Diploma is a recognised part of the SCoPEd national training framework for counselling and psychotherapy. Newly qualified HG therapists start in Column A, and can transition to Column B and Column C through SCoPEd approved routes, should they wish to do so.

Successful graduates of all three parts of the Diploma up to Practitioner Level can join the HGI’s Professional Register, which is accredited in the UK by the Professional Standards Authority for health and social care (PSA).

The course is part-time and designed to be as flexible as possible so you can fit it in around your existing commitments and complete it at a pace that suits you.

The human givens approach is the only form of psychotherapy that unifies 100s of counselling and therapy models into one common language – more benefits of the human givens approach
• A highly effective alternative to drug treatments – see: How we know HG therapy works
• People come from all over the world to take the Diploma (feedback)
• The knowledge and skills you will gain are widely applicable, students often say they have benefitted personally too

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A wonderful way of bringing together all the thinking and development around psychology and counselling over the past century into one practical, holistic approach

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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.

A 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) and bring about considerable benefits.

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.

Where should I start?

SCoPEd Framework

The Diploma is a recognised part of the SCoPEd national training framework for psychotherapy and counselling, with approved routes for its graduates to progress through the framework’s 3 columns.

The Human Givens Institute (which holds the register of human givens therapists) was one of the six organisations, along with BACP, UKCP and NCS, involved in developing the SCoPEd Framework, which was officially adopted by them all in February 2023.

Each organisation has developed appropriate pathways for their own members to transition between the SCoPEd framework’s 3 columns, given the appropriate experience and training; these were shared and agreed with their fellow organisations.  All newly trained therapists and counsellors start at Column A, but will be able to move to the other columns once they have gained sufficient therapeutic practice, experience and ongoing appropriate learning and development. (Completing the HG Diploma course also count towards some of the training hours required for Column B.)

Employers are already beginning to reference the SCoPEd framework’s columns when advertising positions.

The HGI has worked closely with the college to develop the routes for Human Givens Diploma graduates to be able to transition from Column A, to Column B and up to Column C should they wish to do so. For more information, click here.

Watch the first 30 mins of HG co-founder Joe Griffin's introductory Diploma lecture
Ivan Tyrrell gives a short talk about the human givens, the Diploma and its benefits

Where should I start?

If you’re interested in taking the Human Givens Diploma we recommend you try at least two Diploma-linked courses before applying, to make sure it’s right for you.  Many people also like to read the book: Human Givens: An empowering approach to emotional health and clear thinking.

You can start with any Part 1 courses, but the following are a good place to start:


Find out more:  Your Diploma Journey

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Get inspired!

Get inspired!

The Good Mental Health Podcast – is a great way to find out how graduates of the HG Diploma are using the skills they’ve learnt to improve outcomes in a wide range of settings. You’ll also find lots of other useful information and interviews there too.

And for more inspiration, take a look at our Success stories which also show what’s possible to achieve once you’ve gained this qualification.

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