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.
Continuing Professional DevelopmentShow content
The Health & Care Professions Council delivered a presentation on the importance of Continuing Professional Development at the BPS Annual Conference in May, 2018.
Discussion ListShow content
One of the key benefits of being a member of the Special Group for Independent Practitioners (SGIP) is our dedicated email list. It gives members the ability to be in contact with, ask questions of, seek advice from and just chew the fat with a wide range of independent psychologists from all of the BPS divisions and across the UK.
It is easy to join the list and it enables you to post an enquiry and receive views, feedback and facts from those who have previous experience or are undergoing similar difficulties or opportunities.
To join the discussion list you will need to be a member of SGIP, opt into receiving email communication from the Society and provide a working email address. You can change your settings by logging into the BPS website, clicking on 'My Account' and then 'Preferences'.
To be added to the discussion group you need to email Member Networks at the BPS to request the address. Please include your membership number and you will need to use the email address linked to your membership record to participate in the discussion.
Providing effective therapy via videoShow content
Most psychologists have experience of offering telephone consultations, and there are many similar considerations in having a video session.
There is good evidence that therapy can be delivered competently via different media, is usually acceptable to the client, and that it is possible to build up therapeutic relationships that are as strong as those formed in face-to-face therapy.
The information presented here is a resource for those planning video consultations and is not intended to replace local guidance.
It is recommended that you also consult any policy and/or guidance documents relevant to your NHS Trust/organisation.
The society also provides a number of Standards and Guidelines to assist and inform its members in regards to most aspects of their professional practice.
Society members also have access to a wealth of resources, including journals which can be viewed for free via PsychSource.