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‘Human Givens’ is a practical, holistic and scientific approach focusing on what individuals need to live mentally healthy and fulfilling lives.

It draws on the latest insights from neuroscience and psychological research, and combines this knowledge with proven therapeutic techniques from a wide range of approaches to provide highly effective interventions.

Its application is broad – encompassing mental and physical healthcare, wellbeing, education, social work, life coaching, the workplace, conflict-resolution and beyond.

Human Givens College has been providing training in the best ways to treat mental health and behavioural problems for over twenty years.

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‘Human Givens’ is a practical, holistic and scientific approach focusing on what individuals need to live mentally healthy and fulfilling lives.

It draws on the latest insights from neuroscience and psychological research, and combines this knowledge with proven therapeutic techniques from a wide range of approaches to provide highly effective interventions.

Its application is broad – encompassing mental and physical healthcare, wellbeing, education, social work, life coaching, the workplace, conflict-resolution and beyond.

Human Givens College has been providing training in the best ways to treat mental health and behavioural problems for over twenty years.

    Intro - Anti Bullying Week - Pat Capel

    Intro - Anti Bullying Week - Pat Capel

    Anti-Bullying Week with Pat Capel.

    Bullying can happen to anyone at any time – and its impact on an individual’s mental health can be devastating.

    In this newly recorded audio series, Pat Capel – classroom teacher of 25 years and trained HG psychotherapist – shares invaluable insights and clear techniques that can be applied in any situation. By approaching bullying behaviour – and its consequences – through the lens of unmet emotional needs, Pat shows how the HG approach sheds light on why bullying behaviour happens, and unlocks practical and effective strategies for preventing – and stopping – it.

    Our impact is stronger when we work together. Discover how you can play your part … https://www.humangivens.com/2020/11/06/anti-bullying-week/

    • 26 sec
    Part 1 - Anti-Bullying Week - Pat Capel

    Part 1 - Anti-Bullying Week - Pat Capel

    Anti-Bullying Week with Pat Capel.

    In this newly recorded audio series, Pat Capel – classroom teacher of 25 years and trained HG psychotherapist – shares invaluable insights and clear techniques that can be applied in any situation. By approaching bullying behaviour – and its consequences – through the lens of unmet emotional needs, Pat shows how the HG approach sheds light on why bullying behaviour happens, and unlocks practical and effective strategies for preventing – and stopping – it.

    The essence of the Human Givens approach is the idea that we all have emotional needs and that when these are met, we have the potential to be mentally fit and healthy. If we want to prevent bullying or prevent a child becoming a bully, we need to work really hard on satisfying each child’s emotional needs while they are in our care.

    School should be a safe environment for all children. For some, it might be the only time in the day when they do feel safe. Home might be chaotic or insecure. School should then be a place of refuge and security. But this will not happen when there is a bully on the prowl. That constant fear of when the bully might strike again is exhausting and very stressful. It makes the environment toxic for the young person. The could end up living in a constant state of flight or fight. No meaningful learning can happen when we are stuck in that state.

    A school needs to work very hard to satisfy every child’s emotional need for security. A school needs to make all children feel safe. By creating a nurturing environment, a school then becomes a place for learning a lot more than the formal aspects of a curriculum. We can then teach the young people skills and mechanisms to cope with what life throws at them. We need to make each child feel valued. They trust us when they feel valued, secure and part of a community. A trusting child will not bully others.

    Our impact is stronger when we work together. Discover how you can play your part … https://www.humangivens.com/2020/11/06/anti-bullying-week/

    • 1 min
    Part 2 - Anti-Bullying Week - Pat Capel

    Part 2 - Anti-Bullying Week - Pat Capel

    Anti-Bullying Week with Pat Capel.

    In Part 1, I mentioned our emotional needs and how schools can help to ensure that these are satisfied. Each child needs to feel that they are part of a community and that they have a real and significant connection to others. We all know that bullies themselves are often on the receiving end of bullying. And that can be because they do not feel a sense of connection. As teachers, we are in charge of a community: our classroom. We need to make each child in front of us feel part of that community. That means making every effort to include all the children in class discussion and activities. If we sense that someone is being excluded, we need to do whatever we can to integrate them back into the class. A child that does not feel part of the community will find ways to make themselves known. They act out. They disrupt others. They could become bullies just to be noticed.

    But if we can find ways to make each child feel valued within that community, they learn to respect themselves and others. We all have the emotional need for attention and we will seek out attention if we feel left out. By giving each child significant and meaningful attention, we are contributing to their mental health. By children learning when to give and receive attention, we are setting them up for a far more meaningful adulthood. But it starts learning to respect ourselves and others within the classroom. A respectful child will not bully others.

    Our impact is stronger when we work together. Discover how you can play your part … https://www.humangivens.com/2020/11/06/anti-bullying-week/

    • 1 min
    Part 3 - Anti-Bullying Week - Pat Capel

    Part 3 - Anti-Bullying Week - Pat Capel

    Anti-Bullying Week with Pat Capel.

    In this newly recorded audio series, Pat Capel – classroom teacher of 25 years and trained HG psychotherapist – shares invaluable insights and clear techniques that can be applied in any situation. By approaching bullying behaviour – and its consequences – through the lens of unmet emotional needs, Pat shows how the HG approach sheds light on why bullying behaviour happens, and unlocks practical and effective strategies for preventing – and stopping – it.

    Another one of our emotional needs is the needs for status. This does not mean that we all want to be the top dog. But it suggests that we all want to be recognised for who and what we are. We are social beings and we all need to feel that our group recognises and values us. As teachers, we need to find ways to ensure that each child feels they have status in the classroom. These can be small things like basic rules of classroom management: if one of us is talking, the rest need to listen. And the teacher needs to model and enforce that rule.

    A particularly good piece of work can be used as a model for the rest of the class. No matter how small the piece of work. Reading out just one sentence can make someone’s day. Or a pupil might have a talent such as being a phenomenal speller. Call on that pupil to help you spell a word while you are working on the board. And do not be scared to call on a particular talent. Hand over to the expert pupil and let him or her teach part of a lesson. They then also learn that status comes with responsibility as others are relying on you.

    This in turn can lead to the emotional need for a sense of self-esteem and competency being fulfilled. I regularly make my pupils list the skills, techniques and competencies they have learnt in my classroom. But then I take it one step further and I ask the following question: in which other subjects or areas of your life can you use the skills and techniques? If they can learn that the skills are transferable, they feel a sense of control and accomplishment. And this in turn leads to confidence. A confident child is a happy child. A happy child will not bully others.

    Our impact is stronger when we work together. Discover how you can play your part … https://www.humangivens.com/2020/11/06/anti-bullying-week/

    • 2 min
    Part 4 - Anti-Bullying Week - Pat Capel

    Part 4 - Anti-Bullying Week - Pat Capel

    Anti-Bullying Week with Pat Capel.

    In this newly recorded audio series, Pat Capel – classroom teacher of 25 years and trained HG psychotherapist – shares invaluable insights and clear techniques that can be applied in any situation. By approaching bullying behaviour – and its consequences – through the lens of unmet emotional needs, Pat shows how the HG approach sheds light on why bullying behaviour happens, and unlocks practical and effective strategies for preventing – and stopping – it.

    The final emotional need that I am going to focus on is the need for meaning. This can be tricky as too often the pupil sees your subject as having no real meaning or value. It is just a subject that is uninteresting or possibly even really difficult but one that simply has to be done. Or homework is seen as meaningless as it is issued only to satisfy the school’s homework roster. The challenge then is to be able to explain the purpose of the homework and how it fits in to the grand scheme. I have a golden rule: If I cannot explain the purpose of a piece of homework, I don’t set it! A child who sees their immediate environment as meaningless, can act out in ways I mentioned earlier this week.

    It can also lead to increased anxiety and bullying might become the way for the anxiety to be expressed. Exam time is a very stressful time for many as other than a grade sheet, the pupil cannot see the purpose of the exams. As a teacher, you can reframe the exam so that it has meaning. One of the easiest ways to do that is to show how the exam is a gate to the next stage of life. It is not an obstacle that has to be overcome. It is an opportunity. Reduce the anxiety and replace it with a sense of meaning. A child who feels that what they are doing is meaningful will not become a bully.

    • 1 min
    Part 5 - Anti-Bullying Week - Pat Capel

    Part 5 - Anti-Bullying Week - Pat Capel

    Anti-Bullying Week with Pat Capel - Pat shows how the HG approach sheds light on why bullying behaviour happens, and unlocks practical and effective strategies for preventing – and stopping – it.

    I have been focusing on our emotional needs and how satisfying these could prevent a child becoming a bully. But the human givens perspective also mentions that there are potential barriers that can prevent these needs being met. One of them is a toxic environment. There is not much we as teachers can do when the child lives in a toxic environment. Yes, we can follow child protection guidelines and report it and allow the system to do what it can. But we have an obligation to ensure that our classroom is not toxic. Allow your classroom to be a safe refuge for all.

    A bully will have a story that you as the classroom teacher are not aware of. His or her innate guidance system might have been damaged by their past and present experiences. There might have been a trauma or their day to day existence could be traumatic. No-one can expect you to be a counsellor. But you might be the person that pupil trusts. Listen to them. Encourage them to seek help. Hopefully your school has a counsellor and you could gently encourage that pupil to seek assistance. But just listening to the pupil could make him or her feel valued and cared for. You have no idea the difference you could make.

    You are the adult in the room. You have learnt coping skills of your own over time. Some of the pupils in front of you could be missing these. Find ways to teach them. Be bold and step away from your scheme of work. Find ways to use your subject to teach something about life and how to cope with it. Lead by example by modelling the behaviour you wish to see.

    I have been speaking about bullying in the classroom. But it should be clear that these principles could be applied anywhere and to any workplace. We as adults have to be careful that we do not become bullies. By following the simple principles of doing what we can to help those around us to get their needs met, we create an environment that is to everyone’s benefit and will reduce the incidence of bullying and the damage that goes along with it.

    Our impact is stronger when we work together. Discover how you can play your part … https://www.humangivens.com/2020/11/06/anti-bullying-week/

    • 3 min

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