The Human Nature Trust
Aims of the Trust
According to the declaration of the Trust approved by the Charity Commissioners (Registration No. 1003588) the aims of The Human Nature Trust are,
'To advance research and public education in the use and
application of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy and the
role of science and other forms of expert knowledge in
the creation and relief of human distress.'
This embraces three themes: the origin and alleviation of human distress; the role of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy; the role of science, technology, medicine and other forms of expertise. In some ways this is a very wide brief, in other ways it is focused on various forms of professionalism; theories, therapies and things. Expert knowledge plays an ever- increasing role in our lives and in the very centre of our humanity, extending from genetic engineering to the technologies of manufacturing, cultivation, communication, health, consumption and leisure. The need is also increasing for psycho- dynamically informed means of alleviation of forms of unhappiness and illness caused by the human condition and its ever-more sophisticated means of working and living. The brief of the Trust is concerned not only with individual aspects of the human sciences, psychoanalysis, psychotherapy and the helping professions but also with broader aspects of human nature - groups, institutions, culture, politics, ideology and international relations.
In the foreseeable future the Trust will focus its fund-raising and grant-giving in three main areas. The first is publication. Many highly-meritorious publications are of dubious profitability or are directed to relatively small groups of specialists. The Trust proposes to subsidise books, periodicals and other publications, with grants and loans. Many important works would simply not be published without such subsidies.
Second, conferences and other activities concerned with research and education, for example, seminars and day-schools are often very important in raising issues and in helping professionals and practitioners. The Trust proposes to underwrite them, pay for publicity, venues, travel expenses and fees for speakers and to subsidise admission for students and the unemployed etc. A recent extension of this educational role is the need to support communication among researchers and practitioners via the rapidly-growing use of the Internet, where we also propose to be active.
Thirdly, the Trust purposes to make grants for travel, research, writing, study and training with the intention of making interesting and useful work more available to professionals and the wider public.
Patrons of the Human Nature Trust
Jean Arundale - Editor, British Journal of Psychotherapy
Connie Booth - Actress; co-author of Fawlty Towers
Dr. Alexis Brook, FRC. Psych. - Past Chairman, Professional Committee, Tavistock Clinic
Ruth Brook-Klauber - Marriage Counsellor, London Marriage Guidance Council
Dr. The Honourable Mrs. Diana Godfrey Butler - Member, British Psycho-Analytical Society
Janine Chasseguet-Smirgel - Former Vice-President, International Psycho-Analytical Association; Author of The Ego Ideal and Creativity and Perversion
Prophecy Coles - Member of the Lincoln Centre for Psychotherapy; Chair, Inner City Centre
Ralph Colp Jr. - Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University; Author of To Be An Invalid: The Illness of Charles Darwin
Dilys Daws - Principal Child Psychotherapist, Tavistock Clinic; Chair, Child Psychotherapy Trust; Author of Through the Night
Moris Farhi - Author of The Last Days and Journey Through the Wilderness
Nina Farhi - Member of the Guild of Psychotherapists; Director of the Squiggle Foundation
Dr. Hugh Freeman, FRC. Psych. - Former Editor, British Journal of Psychiatry
Nicky Gavron - Member of Haringey Council and London Arts Board
Andre Green - Past-President, Paris Psycho-Analytical Society; Author of The Tragic Effect and On private Madness
Dr. James Grotstein - Member of the American Psycho-Analytical Association; Author of Splitting and Projective Identification
Tirril Harris - Member of London Centre for Psychotherapy; Associate Member of the British Association of Psychotherapists; Co-author of The Social Origins of Depression and Life Events and Illness
Josef Herman - Artist; Academician of the Royal Academy of Arts
Nini Herman - Member of London Centre for Psychotherapy; Author of My Kleinian Home; Why Psychotherapy
Dr. Earl Hopper - Chairman of the Independent Group, British Psycho-Analytical Society; Author of Social Mobility
Dr. Joyce McDougall - Member of Paris Psycho-Analytical Society; Author of Plea for a Measure of Abnormality, Theatres of the Mind, Theatres of the Body
Dr. V. Maoutsous - Consultant Psychotherapist; Training Therapist; Author of The Invisible Human Brain.
David Mayers - Member of the London Centre for Psychotherapy
Isabel Menzies-Lyth - Former Member, Tavistock Institute; Member of British Psycho-Analytical Society; Author of Containing Anxiety in Institutions and Dynamics of the Social
Dr. Eric Rayner - Former Vice-President, British Psycho-Analytical Society; Author of Human Development and The Independent Mind in British Psychoanalysis
Eric Rhode - Psychotherapist; Author of On Birth and Madness and Generations of Adam
Maria Rhode - Member of the Association of Child Psychotherapists; Visiting Lecturer, Tavistock Clinic
Professor Robert Wallerstein - Past-President, American and International Psycho- Analytic Associations; Author of Forty-Nine Lives in Treatment
Your Chance to Support The Human Nature Trust
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Regular Covenants and the Gift-Aid Scheme
If you are a British taxpayer and willing to make a regular monthly or quarterly donation over a period of years (even if it is a small amount) or if you are interested in making a substantial single donation, there are advantages which accrue to the trust as a result of the tax laws.