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About The Psychologists Protection Society Trust

The Psychologists Protection Society Trust is a defence organisation, run for the benefit of members – counsellors, psychologists and psychotherapists working in the talking and listening therapies. As a not-for-profit organisation, the Trust is run by therapists, for therapists.  PPS was established in 1974 and has approximately 6000 members resident in The United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and other countries in Europe.

The Purpose of the Trust

The PPS Trust is here to protect and defend our members and support them when they face a professional claim against them.

The Trust has four core objectives:

  1. To provide education and advice to practitioners in the talking and listening therapy services to promote high standards of professional practice.
  2. To promote, support and protect the character, honour, interests and reputation of practitioners in the talking and listening therapy services.
  3. To provide financial, legal and/or other professional assistance to members when complaints are received from their clients.
  4. To provide assistance to members when damages and costs are awarded by a court, or where a settlement is made out of court.

You can find full details in our Articles of Association, which are available on request.

The Role of the Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is made up of current PPS members, who are fellow professionals from the talking and listening therapies. They are volunteers who are either elected from the current membership roll or appointed to the Board for the specific skills and experience they bring (co-opted Trustees). They are directors of The Psychologists Protection Society Trust, a company limited by guarantee, and take on the responsibilities of company directors for the financial well-being of the company.

Our current Trustees bring their extensive knowledge and professional experience to their role to assist members who find themselves in difficulties. They are practicing professionals or retirees who want to give something back to their fellow professionals.  Trainee PPS Members can also join the Board to give their student colleagues a voice. Trustees provide professional advice when necessary and oversee any claims made to the Members Professional Protection Insurance Policy and to the PPS Discretionary Trust Fund. So, as a member of PPS, you have the reassurance that any claim you make will be managed by fellow professionals who have an understanding of the field of talking and listening therapies.

The current Trustees are drawn from across the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Board meetings are held via teleconference every four to six weeks and the Board meets in person at least once a year, usually at our Annual General Meeting.

Elections to the Board are held every year. If you are interested in becoming a trustee, we’d love to hear from you.

Current Board of Trustees..

  • Catherine McMaster (Chair)
  • Owen Connelly (Vice Chair)
  • Sharron Grainger (Secretary)
  • Brenda Foguel (Treasurer)
  • Anne Martin
  • Katrina Millhagen
  • Terry Cromey
  • Salma Siddique
  • Kate Tindle
Past Board of Trustees

2017

  • Mrs Catherine McMaster (Chair)
  • Dr Salma Siddique (Vice Chair)
  • Ms Sharron Grainger (Secretary)
  • Mrs Brenda Foguel (Treasurer)
  • Mrs Christina Campbell
  • Dr Owen Connelly
  • Mrs Anne Martin
  • Ms Katrina Milhagen
  • Mr Terry Cromey

2016

  • Mrs Catherine McMaster (Chair)
  • Mrs Christina Campbell (Vice Chair)
  • Mr Dennis Bury (Secretary)
  • Mrs Brenda Foguel (Treasurer)
  • Dr Owen Connelly
  • Ms Sharron Grainger
  • Dr Stewart Grant
  • Mrs Anne Martin
  • Dr Edel McAndrew
  • Ms Katrina Milhagen

2015

  • Mr Kevin McGeever (Chair)
  • Mrs Christina Campbell (Vice Chair)
  • Mr Dennis Bury (Secretary)
  • Dr Owen Connelly
  • Dr Stewart Grant
  • Mrs Anne Martin
  • Dr Edel McAndrew
  • Mrs Catherine McMaster

2014

  • Mr Kevin McGeever (Chair)
  • Mrs Christina Campbell (Vice Chair)
  • Mr Alexander Murray (Secretary)
  • Mr Dennis Bury
  • Dr Stewart Grant
  • Dr Edel McAndrew
  • Mrs Catherine McMaster

2013

  • Mr Kevin McGeever (Chair)
  • Dr Gabriel Syme (Vice Chair)
  • Mr Alexander Murray (Secretary)
  • Mrs Christina Campbell
  • Dr Bernadette Caffrey-Craig

2012

  • Dr Tim McConville (Chair)
  • Mr Kevin McGeever (Vice Chair)
  • Mr Alexander Murray (Secretary)
  • Mr Shane Buckeridge
  • Mrs Christine Campbell

2011

  • Mrs Donna Johnstone (Chair)
  • Dr Tim McConville (Vice Chair)
  • Mr Alexander Murray (Secretary)
  • Mr Shane Buckeridge
  • Mr Charlie McConnochie
  • Mrs Ruth Murray

2010

  • Dr Douglas McFadzean (Chair)
  • Mrs Donna Johnstone (Vice Chair)
  • Mr Alexander Murray (Secretary)
  • Mrs Ruth Murray

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The PPS office is closed on Friday as we are holding our AGM and CPD event in Manchester.  Urgent enquiries should be made to enquiries@ppstrust.org   Interested in joining us online or in person? Visit www.ppstrust.org/manchester for more information

Have you signed up for our free online CPD event - Naming and shaming therapists: Protecting the public or harming therapy? - Dr Philip Cox

All the key professional registration bodies report an increase in the number of formal complaints. One response has been to update codes of ethics to protect the public from unethical and incompetent practices. It may surprise therapists to learn that irrespective of a client’s presenting issue, the therapeutic modality applied or practice context within the Western world, around 10% of people attending therapy report experiencing their therapy as harmful. The figure increases for marginalised groups and individuals. The figure for therapists reporting on their personal therapy is 27% to 40%. This presentation explores whether the new codes of ethics intended to limit harm actually risk engendering harm.

An essential aspect of ethics is to safeguard clients from harm that may have occurred from attending therapy. In a profession that is inherent with risks because we work in-relation-with-others, therapists who seem not to succeed in meeting the delicate balance between doing good work vs. poorer work can become enmeshed in quasi-legal complaint procedures. The culture of publicly ‘naming and shaming’ therapists is having an unintended outcome because the public process means an important debate around this sensitive topic risks being silenced. It seems the policy of naming and shaming may itself contribute to further difficulties and anxiety, and so may engender defensive practices and more complaints. This presentation suggests the awareness, discussion and management of unintended harm signals good and ethically-grounded practice, rather than poor clinical practice.

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Have you signed up for our free online CPD event - Naming and shaming therapists: Protecting the public or harming therapy? - Dr Philip CoxAll the key professional registration bodies report an increase in the number of formal complaints. One response has been to update codes of ethics to protect the public from unethical and incompetent practices. It may surprise therapists to learn that irrespective of a client’s presenting issue, the therapeutic modality applied or practice context within the Western world, around 10% of people attending therapy report experiencing their therapy as harmful. The figure increases for marginalised groups and individuals. The figure for therapists reporting on their personal therapy is 27% to 40%. This presentation explores whether the new codes of ethics intended to limit harm actually risk engendering harm.An essential aspect of ethics is to safeguard clients from harm that may have occurred from attending therapy. In a profession that is inherent with risks because we work in-relation-with-others, therapists who seem not to succeed in meeting the delicate balance between doing good work vs. poorer work can become enmeshed in quasi-legal complaint procedures. The culture of publicly ‘naming and shaming’ therapists is having an unintended outcome because the public process means an important debate around this sensitive topic risks being silenced. It seems the policy of naming and shaming may itself contribute to further difficulties and anxiety, and so may engender defensive practices and more complaints. This presentation suggests the awareness, discussion and management of unintended harm signals good and ethically-grounded practice, rather than poor clinical practice.https://www.ppstrust.org/manchester

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