Courses to Enhance Emotional Health

We run various courses at the Dublin Human Givens Centre – from Mindful Meditation and Human Givens to Parenting; from Stress Management to Excelling at Exams. Confirmed dates are listed at respective courses below. Otherwise, please contact us at as running bespoke courses for groups is always possible.


NEURO KNOW HOW: One-day workshop for women

MINDFUL HEALTH: Introduction to Mindful Meditation & Human Givens 


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Harness the power of female brain & biology to flourish.

Neuro Know How is a Human Givens Day dedicated to facilitate Female Flourishing, with a bedrock of the latest neuropsychological knowledge about how the Female Brain actually works. For there is no such thing as a non-gendered brain. Male and female brain architecture is different. This course delivers the information to help you help yourself by enabling a deeper understanding of your distinct emotional needs and how to get them met. We’ll also explore the challenge of biochemical and hormonal fluctuations and how best to navigate these, particularly at times of life transition. The course will also include an outlining of your innate resources and how to harness them to lead a more fulfilled life.

Biology and neurochemistry is not destiny. But, an understanding of the neuropsychological underpinnings of being female in the world helps you to make sense of, and maximize, your natural heritage.

  • A strong understanding of the scientific distinctiveness of the female brain in order to:
    •   Understand your emotional needs & how to get them met
    •   Understand & enhance your key relationships
  • Management of biochemical and hormonal fluctuations and life transitions with greater insight & ease
  • Better use of your distinct innate resources to live a more fulfilled life.


The Day:

The day will run from 9.30am to 4.30pm approximately. A 45-minute lunch break and two 15-minute tea/coffee breaks will be included. Tea/Coffee and lunch will be provided.


Part 1   In Search of Oxytocin

Nature’s default is female. All foetuses have a female brain until 6-8 weeks old in the womb when it’s brain is then marinated in either estrogen (girls) or testosterone (boys). Understanding the impact of hormones on the foetus in the womb, and to us throughout the lifecycle, is valuable information. Their role in our development – how we see our world, how we interact with it, interpret it and how our reality is moulded accordingly – is now more fully understood than at any time in our development, thanks to the advances of neuroscience. We explore our neurochemical underpinnings in the first part of the day. Often to choruses of identification, laughter and illustrative personal stories!


Part 2  Brain Sex 

We explore the key sex differences in male and female brains – in the architecture and in function. What makes a brain male or female? Do all women have female brains and men male brains? We outline the research which explains a lot about why men and women approach tasks and their worlds differently.  It’s vital information to enhance understanding and relationships. You’ll also get the chance to assess just how female/male your own brain is…


Part 3  Environmental Impact & Human Givens

And of course our brain and biology interacts with the external world. None of us live in a vacuum. We look briefly at the impact of the environment – not in the green sense, but in the sense of our surroundings, cultural norms and expectations. A toxic environment is one of the barriers to us getting our needs met. We look at how we negotiate that environment by using our resources well. And that a healthy use of our resources enables us to get our innate emotional needs met: The Human Givens Psychological Approach.


Part 4 The Female TookKit

There are distinct differences in how mental/emotional distress manifests for women and men. We look at those differences and at the key needs that are most salient to each gender. And, most importantly, how to meet them. This layered understanding of brain, biology and environmental impact, alongside the key emotional needs to be fulfilled,  becomes an empowering information base. From it, we devise a ‘Female ToolKit’. This is composed of the key questions to answer when you feel out of synch with your world, alongside the key tools you can use to help foster and further your emotional fitness. And flourish!


Facilitators:  Cathriona Edwards and Sue Saunders


Dates: TBC

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All courses take place at The Dublin Human Givens Centre, Dun Laoghaire

Cost: €100 per person

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(Prior Booking essential. Numbers limited)

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An introduction to Mindfulness Practice & Human Givens Psychology

MINDFUL HEALTH is a day-long introduction to Mindful Meditation practice and Human Givens psychology. Both approaches have proven benefits for emotional health and physical health. Join us for a unique, rich day designed to introduce the benefits and practice of both to enable you to harness the power of your brain and optimse your health.

  • Learn why Mindfulness has a positive impact on mental and physical health
  • Practice different approaches to reach mindful state
  • Learn about Human Givens and how it charts a map to understand what we need to be emotionally healthy.
  • Learn how to harness the power of your brain to achieve mindfulness, lower emotional arousal & function more healthily.
  • Build mental resilience, encourage healing, prevent ill-health


This Mindfulness and Human Givens course introduces a variety of avenues into reaching a mindful state via practices of varying duration and type. The benefit of Mindfulness as a tool for stress management and good health is explained within the Human Givens Psychological framework.


So, why practice Mindful Meditation?

  • To be healthier – in mind and body
  • To create spaciousness of mind to enable choice in response to the environment
  • To increase clear thinking
  • To reduce emotional reactivity in response to stress or perceived threat
  • To increase self-management, mind-management and self-control
  • To manage chronic pain
  • To develop higher faculties of understanding and being


And why learn about Human Givens?

  • The Human Givens (HG) approach offers a pragmatic but profound understanding of emotional health.
  • The HG Approach is based on the most effective techniques devised across all schools of psychotherapy over time, and underpinned by the great neuroscientific findings of recent times. It’s based on how the brain actually works, rather than an ideological premise as to how it might.
  • HG has introduced breakthrough theories about the function of dreams and the cycle of depression and refined the safest and most effective ways of treating depression, trauma, anxiety and addictions
  • The essential HG Approach and understanding of health is applicable across a very broad spectrum of experience: wherever there are people seeking to work and live well together.
  • Human Givens therapy is quick (working in half the time of alternate approaches), effective and safe.
  • Devised in the late 1990s by Joe Griffin, an Irish Psychologist, and Ivan Tyrrell, an English Psychotherapist, it offers a profound understanding of emotional health, and how we achieve and keep it, based on a seamless reciprocal marriage between theory and practice.


Course Description

The course will anchor the experience of mindfulness in the neuroscientific evidence that demonstrates its effectiveness, explaining how and why it works. Key elements of Human Givens will be explained so that a growing capacity to be mindful can be informed and supported by a growing understanding of what we need to be healthy in the world, and how we can achieve that. Thus theory, information and practice will be at the core of the course offering a holistic approach to Mindfulness and optimum emotional health and the immediate insight, understanding and opportunity to begin to achieve it.


The Day

The day will run from 9.30am to 4.30pm approximately. A 45-minute lunch break and two 15-minute tea/coffee breaks will be included. Tea/Coffee and lunch will be provided.

It will consist of:

  • An introduction to the science and practice of mindfulness
  • An introduction to the Human Givens Psychology of Emotional Needs & Innate Resources
  • Benefits of both

Practices will include:

  • Breath-focused mindfulness
  • Needs-focused mindfulness
  • Unguided mindfulness
  • Body Scan

CDs of Guided Meditation practices will be supplied, alongside comprehensive notes.

Dates: TBC


Cathriona Edwards

Cathriona Edwards, HG DIP, BA (hons) Psych, MHGI is a fully qualified Human Givens Psychotherapist, with a higher diploma in Human Givens Psychotherapy, from the Human Givens College, is a registered member of the Human Givens Institute, and has an Honours Degree in Psychology from Trinity College Dublin. She is practicing Human Givens Psychotherapy at the Dublin Humana Givens Centre.

Her introduction to Mindfulness was via the MBSR (Mind Body Stress Reduction) approach as devised by Jon Kabat Zinn – which she was taught at The Oscailt Centre in Dublin. Cathriona is a strong advocate of its great potential benefits for stress reduction and optimizing emotional and physical health.


Cost per person: €100

Prior Booking is Essential. Availability is restricted to ensure intimacy of group to maximize learning and experience.


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Or email: for either date to pay €30 deposit to secure your place, and pay remainder on the day.

Or phone: 01 289 4097 or Cathriona directly at 087 647 1120