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Registers accredited by the Professional Standards Authority

Human Givens Institute

Visit website: http://www.hgi.org.uk/


The Human Givens Institute is a global organisation concerned with unifying the most effective forms of counselling and psychotherapy into a truly biopsychosocial approach. It advances all aspects of Human Givens therapeutic practice, including standards, continued professional development and the ethical behaviour of members.

Accreditation for the HGI was renewed with conditions for the period of 13 April 2021 to 13 April 2022.

The following Conditions were issued to be implemented by the timeframe specified:

  1. The HGI must update its complaints handling and disciplinary processes so they provide clarity to the public and registrants. The HGI should provide its updated procedures and guidance to the Accreditation team within three months of the publication of this report. The updates must include:
  • Making it clear that the responsibility for taking action in relation to concerns about registrants lies with the Register, and not the complainant. Making it the responsibility of the HGI rather than the complainant to present cases at disciplinary Panels and hearings.
  • Ensuring that there is clear guidance and support for complainants, and that they are aware that the registrant may have legal representation at hearings.
  • Ensuring that its guidance on the complaints process uses consistent terminology and is clear about thresholds for when complaints will be escalated to a formal stage. This includes a review of its Urgent Protection Policy and its process for issuing and reviewing Interim Orders.

The Accreditation team will carry out a review of the effectiveness of the new complaints handling procedures at the HGI’s next annual review. This will include an audit of cases to include those that have been resolved through both the informal and formal routes, and an observation of a hearing. (See Paragraphs 11.1 to 11.15)

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