What is Human Social Functioning HSF

A unique approach for helping people find meaning and purpose in life:

  • to turn their frustration into creativity
  • to develop and grow
  • to find harmony and peace of mind
  • to help others to function better

Human Social Functioning (HSF) offers a unique approach to helping people. Although initially designed within a social work context, it can be used in many settings:

  • To help people with specific difficulties who are in need of support, counselling or therapy
  • To optimise functioning in a coaching context
  • To facilitate good functioning in the workplace

An integral aspect of HSF is a questionnaire – the Heimler Scale of Social Functioning (HSSF©). This can be used in a number of ways, to facilitate:

  • a client to understand their current functioning
  • clear communication between client and helper
  • the most appropriate therapeutic approach for an individual
  • as a self-help monitoring tool
  • communication with other professionals.

The HSF method works with:

  • Individuals
    • Adults
    • Young people (a youth scale is available)
    • School pupils (the Student Motivational Questionnaire – SMQ)
  • Couples
  • Groups
    • Families
    • Teams
    • Organisations
    • Businesses

Where did HSF originate?

Eugene (John) Heimler devised this method of helping people following his experiences in concentration camp during the war and later working with job seekers in UK.

His fascinating and moving books that describe his journey:
‘Survival in Society’
(available through this website) &
‘Night of the Mist’ (available from Heimler International)

The development of Human Social Functioning is described in detail on the Heimler International web-site.

An Introduction to HSF

In July 2012 a DVD was made of an excellent introduction to HSF. This video is a wonderful background and understanding of HSF in its context with Eugene Heimler’s experience. A conference paper given by David Collingwood-Bell with some audience feedback. This is shown with the permission of the The  National College
of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy.