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“Professional Issues in Therapeutic Practice”

PPS 40th Birthday Symposium

This event was held on 27th July at the University of Syracuse, London to celebrate 40 years of PPS. There were three separate CPD events on the day, recordings of these are now available for you to watch online. Please click for more details on each event.


Celebrating 40 Years

James Rye

Avoiding Pitfalls When Setting Up & Running Private Practice with Mr James Rye

This session will look at some of the common mistaken assumptions that practitioners often have about running a private practice and consider some of the practical mistakes they make. It will consider topics such as marketing, insurance, turning contacts into clients, business expenditure, fees, business structures, and personal safety. 


Ian Gillman Smith

Confidentiality in Therapeutic Practice with Mr Ian Gillman-Smith

 Can we guarantee confidentiality and when should confidentiality be broken?  This session will consider the issues faced by therapists in maintaining and respecting the confidential nature of the therapeutic relationship but also the importance of explicit communication as to the limits of confidentiality in order to ensure good and safe practice.


Peter Jenkins

Records as Evidence Mr Peter Jenkins

This session explored some of the conflicting pressures on therapists, regarding standards and styles of record-keeping, and the potential use of therapeutic records as evidence in legal proceedings.

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.

Naming and Shaming Therapists - CPD Video

This session with Dr Philip Cox looks at reasons for recent increases in formal complaints.

How private is your practice? - CPD Video

Catherine Knibbs looks at risks and dangers for us as practitioners who use the medium of technology.

Therapeutic Ruptures - CPD Video

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