Special Group For Independent Practitioners
Supporting 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. Both their self-employed status and legal obligations (and difficulties) connected with this status, and also the nature and diversity of their services, tend to be more complex than those defined by job descriptions in employment. This position also poses specific challenges with respect to the maintenance of professional standards of competence and ethics.
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. Some psychologists know the commercial field well, whereas others are just venturing out. Access to good supervision, sources of information and business skills are essential.
The special group has been established to represent the interests of independent practitioners as a new member network of the British Psychological Society. The purpose of this group is to promote and maintain best practice, support continuing professional development and to represent this diverse group of practitioners in the Society’s policies and business.