Special Group For Independent Practitioners

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.


Benefit of belonging to SGIP

  • Discounted rates to attend conferences/events by SGIP
  • Receive annoucement emails about events and items of interest
  • Be included on the SGIP discussion list where you can exchange views and access peer support from your peers in SGIP 

Announcement List

To automatically receive emails from the Announcement List you will need to be a member of SGIP and opted into receiving email communication from the Society (you can change your preference by logging onto your account via the BPS website).

If you have any queries, please email MemberNetwo[email protected] quoting 'SGIP announcement email' in the subject line. Please also provide your membership number as well. 

Discussion List

If you wish to join the SGIP Member Discussion List, please email [email protected] quoting ‘SGIP Member Discussion List’ and your membership number in the subject line.