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Sandy Murray Award 2016 Winner

Laura McGuinness


Psychologists Protection Society Trustee Katrina Millhagen was very pleased to introduce the winner of The Sandy Murray Memorial Award - Miss Laura McGuinness, at the Trust AGM in Edinburgh on the 23rd September 2016. Laura is a student on the MSc Psychotherapy course at the Northern Guild of Psychotherapy in England and her essay entitled "Going it Alone: Private Practice and Ethical Standards" was judged the best of the entries. Laura, who was invited to attend the event, was presented with her Award – a Glass Engraved Trophy and a cheque for £500, by Matthew Murray, Sandy Murray’s grandson.  

Many congratulations from the Trustees, staff and members of the Psychologists Protection Society!

You can download and read Laura's winning entry below.

2015/16 – Miss Laura McGuiness – Going it alone: Private Practice & Ethical Standards

Welcome to The Professional Practitioner Portal

PPS Logo"The Professional Practitioner" portal is an online resource dedicated to promoting high standards of professional practice by practitioners in the talking and listening therapy services.  The portal has been created by the Psychologists Protection Society Trust, a defence organisation, run for the benefit of members who are counsellors, psychologists and psychotherapists.  The main purpose of The Psychologists Protection Society is to provide members with assistance when complaints are received from clients and other professional protection matters. The Trust however also has a further objective: to help members avoid problems where possible, by providing education and advice to members and to promote high standards of professional practice.  

This portal contains a variety of content, including articles, events, CPD activities, documents from the PPS archives, etc which are available to all members.  We will add new content from time to time so it is worth "bookmarking" this page.  

It is hoped members will find the content thought-provoking and members will be encouraged to think more about areas of their professional practice where problems can arise and whether or not these problems can be avoided.  If you are not a member of The Psychologists Protection Society and would like to join us, please visit to find out more.

Stalking and Mental Health - CPD Video

This session with Ann Moulds looks the impact of stalking on its victims can often hold long term devastating psychological consequences.

From Virtual to Visceral - CPD Video

Andy Williams

This session with Andy Williams looks at issues of returning to face to face therapy after the COVID Pandemic.

Managing Complaints - CPD Video

Shane Buckeridge

Shane Buckeridge and Ewan Murray look at what can be learned from complaints.

Therapeutic Ruptures - CPD Video

This session with Dr James Hawkins looks at common problems and ruptures to the therapeutic relationship.