Part 3 – becoming fully qualified

Successfully passing this final element of the HG Diploma, which consists of supervised therapeutic practice and a week of further tuition and assessment, enables you to become a fully qualified human givens practitioner…

This is the final Practitioner Level Qualification of the Human Givens Diploma.

Between Parts 2 and 3, trainee HG therapists carry out therapeutic practice with a minimum of 10 different clients under the careful supervision of their HG Supervisor-tutor. They are given support and clear guidance on the clients and conditions they are able to work with safely at this stage, and encouraged to use outcome measures. When their supervisor deems they are ready, they are able to progress to the Part 3 course.

Students who then demonstrate a high level of capability in, and understanding of, human givens therapy will pass the practical assessment of their skills and competence leading to a successful Part 3 Practitioner Level Pass. This means they are eligible to become a Registered Member of the Human Givens Institute (HGI) and be entered on its Professional Register of qualified human givens therapists, which is accredited in the UK by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) for Health and Social Care — the organisation that also oversees the registers of the BACP, UKCP, the General Medical Council and many others.

As counselling and psychotherapy are currently unregulated by law, it is vital that all counsellors and therapists belong to a PSA-accredited Register.  The PSA promotes the health, safety and wellbeing of patients, service users and the public by raising standards of regulation and voluntary registration of people working in health and care. They are an independent body, accountable to the UK Parliament. (NHS choices also recommends finding a therapist via a PSA accredited register.)

Demand for human givens therapists continues to grow and the HGI receives enquiries from all over the UK and abroad for fully-qualified, accredited psychotherapists and counsellors working from the human givens approach.

Part 3 must be completed within two years of passing Part 2.

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 of the framework (with hours already accrued towards Column B) and can subsequently transition to Column B and Column C, should they wish to do so.

The Part 3 course

This intensive week of skills practice, feedback, tuition and ongoing assessment is your route to becoming a fully-qualified human givens practitioner. It gives students the opportunity for more therapeutic practice, direct feedback and assistance in embedding their skills and knowledge. Throughout the week, students practise and demonstrate a broad range of practical therapeutic skills under supervision and rigorous on-going assessment by the two highly experienced tutors. You will also be given feedback from your peers and the experienced facilitators. Before attending, students will work closely with their supervisor, including supplying them with at least one recording of a therapy session they have undertaken. During the week there will also be individual student Viva (oral) assessments with one or more of the tutors.

For more information, read: Information and Guidance for Students

Those who have already successfully graduated from the week enthuse about how useful and enriching it is – see video above.


To take the Part 3 week you must have:

  • passed Part 2 within the last 2 years*
  • been advised by your supervisor that you are ready to take this qualification (see ‘Therapeutic practice’ below)
  • be a Trainee Member of the HGI**
  • hold Professional Liability Insurance
  • provided 2 professional references
  • have undertaken as much therapeutic practice as possible, with a minimum of 10 different clients
  • and had ongoing paid supervision with an HGI-accredited supervisor whilst doing so.

Therapeutic Practice – ‘Working towards Part 3’

Good supervision is an enriching learning experience, as well as an integral part of the Diploma and your development as a therapist.

You are expected to work closely with your HG supervisor-tutor in preparation for the final Part 3 week. As well as helping you to further develop your clinical skills, they will guide you as to the types of cases you can usefully and safely work with at this stage; will encourage you to use outcome measures; and give you guidance with regard to safeguarding and working ethically.  (It is also strongly recommended that you join an HGI Peer Supervision Group for additional support and ongoing learning.)

Your supervisor will advise you when they think you are ready to take this final assessment stage of the Diploma. They will be asked to submit a report to the College upon your acceptance on Part 3. The time this stage takes for students can vary depending on their previous experience.

For more information about the therapeutic practice involved at this stage, see: ‘Working towards Part 3’


* If you took your Part 2 longer ago, you will need to do some refresher training before taking Part 3. Please contact the office to discuss your individual case.

** Please note.  If you have been the subject of any substantiated complaint, in any previous formal role, or have any pending or current court or disiplinary proceedings against you, then this will need to be declared when you apply to register for Trainee Membership of the HGI. Depending on the circumstances and outcomes, this may affect your eligibility to join the HGI. Please contact us to discuss your individual case.

How to apply

There are a maximum of 12 places on each Part 3 and places tend to fill up fast, so once your supervisor feels you are ready we recommend booking your place as soon as possible. Please contact us on +44 (0)1323 811690, Mon-Fri (9.00am–5.30pm).


The fee for Part 3 is £1,992. This includes all tutoring, assessments, final report, refreshments and lunch on all five days.

Please note: students are also expected to undergo supervision (at their own cost) with an HGI-accredited HG Supervisor prior to attending the course and must be a Trainee Member of the HGI. Supervision for trainees is required at a ratio of at least 1 hour of supervision to every 8 hours of therapy work undertaken with clients.

To secure your place, you will need to pay a registration fee of £500 when you apply. This amount is then deducted from the total course fee, but is non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Once you have successfully passed Part 3, and have been accepted as a Registered Member of the HGI, you are accredited to practise as a human givens therapist or counsellor.


Human Givens Practitioner Level Diploma (HG.Dip.P.)

Next Dates & venue

Next Dates & venue

All Part 3 courses are held at Engineers’ House in Bristol

Summer 2024 – Code WK18

Mon 29th July – Fri 2nd August 2024 – 1 place left!

Winter 2024 – Code WK19

Mon 2nd – Fri 6th December 2024

Please contact Fiona Heffernan if you have any questions at all about Part 3 or would like to put your name down for a Part 3 place.

Still have a question?

Still have a question?

If you’d like to know more, please don’t hesitate to contact the our friendly team on +44 (0)1323 811690 or via email.

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Carol Harper

Carol has 30 years’ experience in private practice, her holistic outlook and curiosity has influenced her professional development…

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Jo Baker

For many years Jo worked as a therapist within the Psychological Wellbeing department at the University of Derby, where she dealt with an extensive and varied caseload…

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Dr Gareth Hughes

Gareth is an HG psychotherapist, researcher, nationally recognised expert on university mental health and wellbeing and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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Rosalind Townsend

Ros Townsend is an experienced psychotherapist and supervisor with busy practices in SW England, where she combines private therapy work with referrals from Occupational Health and the NHS.

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