Ongoing data collection

All human givens therapists are encouraged by the Human Givens College and their professional body, the Human Givens Institute (HGI), to work in an outcome-informed way.  Many use an online portal, Pragmatic Tracker, in order to safely and securely measure their outcomes with their clients at every session.

PTSD Resolution, which allows only HG therapists to treat veterans suffering from serious mental health and other problems, insists that all therapists track their clients’ progress using Pragmatic Tracker.

The result of this is many years worth of robust data which clearly shows the positive impact human givens therapy is having with often complex and difficult cases. Research by King’s College using this data-set found that PTSD Resolution’s therapy outcomes were comparable to those provided through the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme (IAPT, now called NHS Talking Therapies) in primary care.¹ It is noteworthy that PTSD Resolution works with a more distressed client group and, as well as achieving a comparable recovery rate, its drop-out rate was lower. The data-set can be made available to other researchers or anyone doing a Masters project at university.

Core real life, practice-based data on clinical outcomes in a variety of settings also collected in this way (on well over 3,000 patients submitted by over 70 different therapists) via the HGI’s Research Practice Network (HGIPRN) shows human givens therapy to be reliably effective for the majority of patients and in only a small number of sessions.2

Since the last publication using this resource, data have accumulated on thousands more clients and the findings of success from the peer-reviewed studies continue to be replicated. The majority of clients treated by human givens practitioners show considerable improvement in treatment, usually in a small number of sessions (four or fewer). The work continues and more published papers are in the pipeline.

About the HGIPRN

The Human Givens Institute’s Practice Research Network was created in 2007 to promote the use of outcome measurement and feedback in practice. This had the dual aims of promoting best practice while also building the evidence base for the effectiveness of the approach. The work of the HGIPRN was supported by the Human Givens Foundation.

The first HGIPRN project was the investigation of human givens therapy (HG) in the treatment of clients referred by their general medical practitioner for treatment for common mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression. Known as the ‘Luton Study’, this study, which was based on 124 clients, was funded by the Human Givens Foundation (HGF) and has been published. The conclusions were that the HG approach indeed appears to be an effective treatment (read more).3

After this initial study HG practitioners working in a range of organisations across the UK, from private practice, NHS services, specialist trauma services, voluntary organisations and many more, participated in gathering evidence on an ongoing basis using Pragmatic Tracker.

The resulting much larger 5-year study2, which involved thousands of cases and over 70 HG practitioners, reinforced the pilot study’s findings of effectiveness of the human givens approach in the relief of emotional distress.2


1. Burdett, H and Greenberg, N (2019). Service evaluation of a human givens therapy service for veterans’. Occupational Medicine, 69 (8–9), 586–92. Doi: 10.1093/occmed/kqz045

2. Andrews, W. P., Wislocki, A. P., Short, F., Chow, D., Minami, T. (2013) “A 5-year evaluation of the human givens therapy using a Practice Research Network”, Mental Health Review Journal, Vol. 18 Issue: 3, 2013, pp 165–176. Read more

3. Andrews, W., Twigg, E., Minami, T. and Johnson, G. (11 February 2011) ‘Piloting a practice research network: A 12-month evaluation of the human givens approach in primary care at a general medical practice.’ Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice. 84, 4, 389–405. doi: 10.1111/j.2044-8341.2010.02004.x

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