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Special Group for Independent Practitioners

The purpose of the Special Group for Independent Practitioners is to support the needs of independent practitioners to combine competently and ethically their psychological practice with the necessity to develop and maintain a business.

The demands of independent psychology practice are essentially different from those of psychologists working in paid employment, posing specific challenges with respect to the maintenance of professional standards of competence and ethics.

Due to these unique challenges, independent practitioners have much to offer in terms of experience and perspective.

Many have developed innovative, effective working practices that deserve to be celebrated and can provide valuable learning points for psychologists in both statutory and independent fields. 

SGIP Priorities for 2019

The SGIP Committee agreed to action the following priorities over the course of 2019:

  • to clarify and publicise the benefits of SGIP membership and the £10 annual membership fee
  • to disseminate the benefits of SGIP membership and representation at Branches and Divisions (and provide short updates of this on the website)
  • to produce a Welcome Pack for new members to SGIP 
  • to provide clear information and text on obtaining “Informed Consent” 
  • to provide clear information on optimal ways to convey an Independent psychologists’ terms and conditions
  • to provide summary information on SGIP representations on IP’s behalf and the outcome
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