Frequently Asked Questions
Applying to Join:
I need PPS membership urgently, what can I do?
We will be launching a new Online Application service in the very near future. In the meantime please visit our join us section to download, print and complete an application form. You can scan or photograph this and email it to us to speed up the process.
How much does membership cost?
Psychologists Protection Society membership costs are reviewed and approved annually at our AGM. Membership costs are based on country of residence. You can view the costs on our Join Us page.
What types of therapists do you accept as members?
PPS members include trainees and qualified persons working in the talking and listening therapies. Although originally limited to members from the field of psychology, members now include counsellors and psychotherapists. We have PPS members from the following groups:
- Anthroposophical Therapeutic Art Practitioner
- Anthroposophical Therapeutic Speech
- Analytical Psychology
- Analytical Therapy
- Art Therapy
- Arts Therapy
- Cognitive Analytic Therapy
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
- Dance and Movement Therapy
- Drama Therapy
- Family Mediation
- Family Therapy
- Gestalt Therapy
- Group Analysis
- Jungian Analysis
- Life coaching
- Music Therapy
- Neuro Developmental Therapy
- Person Centered Counselling
- Personal Coaching
- Play Therapy
- Psychoanalytic Therapy
- Psychosexual Counselling
- Sand Play Therapy
- Spiritual Direction
- Systemic Therapy
- Therapeutic Play
- Transactional Analysis
Please note: This list is for guidance purposes only and is not exhaustive. Applicants are accepted on an individual basis and a guarantee of acceptance can only be made on receipt of a completed application form and payment of membership fees. Please contact us if you wish to discuss your membership application.
Will you notify me when my membership is due for renewal?
Yes, PPS will send a renewal notification either by email or post a few weeks before your membership renewal date.
What is the HCPC?
HCPC stands for Health and Care Professions Council. The HCPC is a regulator in the United Kingdom only. The HCPC regulates the following professions: arts therapists, biomedical scientists, chiropodists / podiatrists, clinical scientists, dietitians, hearing aid dispensers, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners, orthoptists, paramedics, physiotherapists, practitioner psychologists, prosthetists / orthotists, radiographers, social workers in England and speech and language therapists.
To find out more about the HCPC visit: www.hcpc-uk.org
I'm an employer, can I make membership applications for employees?
Certainly! We accept applications from organisations and businesses. We suggest you contact us to discuss your requirements further
I'm a student on a course, can I join PPS?
Yes, we accept students from courses leading to a recognised qualification. Please ensure that you include all details of your course of study, qualification, institution and course tutor on your application form. Click here to find out more about joining PPS
For Current Members:
Has the cost of membership changed this year?
Psychologists Protection Society membership costs are reviewed and approved annually at our AGM. Membership costs are based on country of residence.
What payment methods do you accept?
- Postal Order
- Credit or Debit Card by telephone (please ensure we have received your form and we can arrange to call you)
- Credit or Debit Card online
Can I use the PPS logo on my website?
The Psychologists Protection Society grants members the right to use the PPS Member logo on their own websites and stationery for as long as they remain a member. If your PPS membership lapses you must remove the logo from all materials.
A range of sizes are available and can be downloaded by clicking on the zipped logo collection below and then save to your computer. Alternatively you can use the html code which will ensure that if we update the logo, yours will automatically update as well.
The logo works best on a white background and to achieve this a number of techniques may be used such as a white strip which runs the length of your promotional material or a ‘tag’ / ‘box’ which should align to the top or bottom of artwork. The logo isn’t suitable for use over coloured backgrounds or photographs. In these cases the logo becomes illegible.
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How do I find out more about the CPD events you hold?
“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. Latest CPD events are listed on the website.
What happens when I make a claim?
The Board of Trustees manage claims made to the Members Professional Protection Insurance. They may also release funds from the discretionary Trust Fund when unforeseen circumstances arise that might not be covered by insurance.
Once the Board has reviewed your claim, PPS will communicate the Board’s decision or any further questions that might arise.
Claims made to the Public Liability Insurance will be forwarded to and managed directly by the insurer.
I need some advice, who can I talk to?
Members should contact PPS as soon as possible should they require advice or assistance. Even if you do not think your problem might lead to a claim, we urge you to contact PPS as soon as possible to discuss matters. By discussing an issue promptly with PPS, we may be able to help you prevent further problems from arising. PPS staff will ask you to follow up this discussion in writing by post or email should you need to make a claim. Click here to find out how to contact PPS.
I wish to make a claim, what should I do?
Who deals with claims?
Members are reassured that any Members Professional Protection Insurance claims will be managed by the PPS Trustees on behalf of Evolution Insurance Company Ltd. Trustees are professionals and students who are elected from the membership roll of the Psychologists Protection Society Trust or co-opted onto the Board for their specific skills or experience. All Public Liability claims will be handled by the insurer providing the policy.
How do I renew my membership subscription?
You can choose to renew your membership online or by post. Click here to find out more about renewing your PPS membership.
I am an existing member, is it possible to upgrade my membership?
Existing PPS Members who are resident in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland can upgrade their membership at any time.
It is possible to upgrade from:
- Bronze level to Silver level
- Bronze level to Gold level
- Silver level to Gold level
Click here to find out more about upgrading your PPS membership,
Where can I access my Members Professional Protection Insurance policy wording?
You can download the Members Professional Protection Insurance Policy wording here. Please refer to your schedule of insurance for your level of indemnity.
Where can I access my Public Liability Insurance policy wording?
You can download the Public Liability Insurance Policy wording here.
What is your Privacy and Data Protection Policy?
What are your Terms of Business?
Does PPS sell insurance?
Psychologists Protection Society and PPS are the trading names for the Psychologists Protection Society Trust (PPST) which is an Introducer Appointed Representative of SWIM Ltd. All insurance policies are arranged and administered by Psychologists Protection Services Ltd (PPS Ltd) which is an Appointed Representative of SWIM Ltd. SWIM Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Psychologists Protection Services Ltd is registered in Scotland No. SC379274. Registered Office: The eCentre, Cooperage Way, Alloa, FK10 3LP.
Evolution Insurance Company Limited, a company registered in Gibraltar (No. 88737), is authorised and regulated by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission and is subject to limited regulation by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority under Firm Reference Number (FRN) 227649. Details about the extent of the firm’s regulation by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority are available from us on request.
What are your office hours?
Monday to Friday 9:30am to 4:30pm. If no-one is present in our office, please leave an answering machine message and we will try to get back to you as soon as possible. Click here to view our contact details.
I wish to see what information you hold on me, how can I request this?
PPS conforms to the rules of the Data Protection Act. Please be assured that your information is held safely and will never be passed on to any third party for commercial reasons. We may from time to time send you additional information about our own services. If you wish to find out what information we hold please contact us to discuss this further.
What is your contact telephone number?
Our telephone number is (UK) 0333 320 8074 and (Outside the UK) 00 44 333 320 8074.
Click here to view our contact details.
Can I set up a Direct Debit to pay for my PPS membership?
We do not at present accept Direct Debit.
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Psychologists Protection Society and PPS are the trading names for the Psychologists Protection Society Trust (PPST) which is an Introducer Appointed Representative of SWIM Ltd. All insurance policies are arranged and administered by Psychologists Protection Services Ltd (PPS Ltd) which is an Appointed Representative of SWIM Ltd. SWIM Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
Psychologists Protection Services Ltd is registered in Scotland No. SC379274. Registered Office: The eCentre, Cooperage Way, Alloa, FK10 3LP.
Evolution Insurance Company Limited, a company registered in Gibraltar (No. 88737), is authorised and regulated by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission and is subject to limited regulation by the UK's Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority under Firm Reference Number (FRN) 227649. Details about the extent of the firm's regulation by the UK's Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority are available from us on request.