KidsWIN : Using a Human Givens approach to support children and young people’s mental health

Human Givens (HG) is a bio-psychosocial approach, or organising idea developed in the 1990s. This stripped back, non-complex model is helpful in assessing and addressing emotional and behavioural needs, and may be usefully and creatively applied to children and young people in schools.

Provisional timetable

09:30 Registration/tea and coffee
10:00 Workshop starts
12:30-13:00 Lunch
16:30 Workshop ends


There is a plethora of therapeutic interventions from which psychologists may choose to address children and young people’s mental health. They have become unnecessarily complicated and lengthy, serving as barriers to change rather than facilitators of change.

The developers of HG revisited the core elements of the personal resources required to manage life’s difficulties, and identified the best evidence based tools from existing therapies with up to date scientific insights into the psychology and biology of human functioning. It is a distinctive approach, as it takes into account all aspects of what we know about being human.

This workshop will outline the HG model, provide information on the theory underpinning it, invite delegates to participate in practical activities using advocated techniques, supply details of actual cases from the presenter’s experience and offer sample questioinnaires.

Target audience

Anyone who works with children and young people. The workshop aims to enhance the existing skills of professionals working with children and young people experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Learning outcomes and objectives

By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

  • Describe the values, principles and goals of Human Givens
  • Describe the range of presenting issues which are amenable to the HG approach
  • Adopt therapeutic strategies for which there is a good evidence-base
  • Describe the HG model
  • Use the model with children and young people to assess and address their emotional/behavioural needs

Facilitator:  Dr Yvonne Yates CPsychol

I undertook training in HG during my Doctoral degree, including a one day workshop on ‘The Fast Trauma and Phobia Cure.’ I was so inspired by the approach that I conducted my thesis on the subject, the findings of which were published in a peer-reviewed paper in 2011.I have provided HG training at the following events:
1. The North West Educational Psychology Annual CPD Event (2008; 2009)
2. Mental Health conference in Warrington, TAMHS (Targeted Mental Health in Schools) Initiative
3. Inclusion Service Development day, Warrington Borough Council (2009)
4. International School Psychology Association (ISPA) Conference, Montreal, Canada (2012).

The workshop is based on my user-friendly, and practical book, ‘Human Givens Therapy with Adolescents, A Practical Guide for Professionals,’ published by JKP (2011), which has been given great reviews by YoungMinds -the UK’s largest children’s charity.

Booking information


  • Non-Society members: £138 (£115 + VAT)
  • Society members: £104 (£86.67 + VAT)
  • DECP members: £78 (£65 +VAT)
  • Concessions: £54 (£45 + VAT)

From 14 January 2013:

  • Non-Society members: £138 (£115 + VAT)
  • Society members: £104 (£86.67 + VAT)
  • DECP members: £90 (£75 +VAT)
  • Concessions: £62.50 (£52.08 + VAT)

Persons eligible for concessionary rates are student members of the Society, graduate members registered under Rule 15.ii (studying in the UK and not subject to income tax), Rule 21 (retired) members, and members who are unemployed. For evidence of unemployment, we will require a copy of your job seekers allowance book.

How to book:

Registration for this event will close at 16:00 on Thursday 12 September 2013. 


The Portland by Thistle

3-5 Portland Street
Piccadilly Gardens
M1 6DP

Wed, 18/09/2013 (All day)
Contact Information: 

BPS Learning Centre
Tel: +44 (0)116 252 9925
Fax: +44 (0)116 227 1314
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Division of Educational and Child Psychology & BPS Learning Centre