Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue: The Cost of Caring – Patricia Allen-Garrett

On Friday 21st April 2023 The Psychologists Protection Society invited Patricia Allen-Garrett to speak on the topic “Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue – The Cost of Caring”. Patricia Allen-Garrett works as a humanistic and integrative psychotherapist in private practice and incorporates somatic and parts work into her client-work. The practitioner’s empathy and ability to witness are key aspects of not just our professional ability but also of our humanity. However, when we are repeatedly exposed to traumatic stories or seemingly intractable problems, our sense of safety in the world can change, our compassion can become eroded and we can begin to feel a range of responses such as feeling helpless, hopeless, de-skilled, exhausted, confused, etc.

Navigating Boundaries in Therapy with Separating Couples: Managing conflict over parenting – Deirdre Hayes

On Friday 21st April 2023 The Psychologists Protection Society invited Deirdre Hayes to speak on the topic “Navigating Boundaries in Therapy with Separating Couples – Managing conflict over parenting”. As a systemic psychotherapist, as well as a supervisor Deirdre has over 30 years clinical experience dealing with children and their parents/carers in the area of child and adolescent work.

This session addresses the erosion of therapy boundaries and litigation issues, in particular the challenges facing therapists being dragged into conflicting issues between hostile couples -such as parenting their child/ children, including issues which affect therapy with children.

Was it something I said? – Using measures to monitor progress and process, and ensure the client is getting what they came for.

Barry McInnes presenter

Our third CPD event in the Professional Issues Spotlight Series was presented by Barry McInnes and held in conjunction with Onlinevents. This event was held online on 15th March 2023.

Success in therapy can be elusive, and failure all too evident. When therapy isn’t working for clients, sometimes they’ll offer excuses to let us down gently. Sometimes, they’ll just not attend, and we’re left with an empty chair. Sometimes (mercifully rare) they’ll complain, either to us or to a professional body. In this context, measures may be one way we can help maximise the likelihood of a successful outcome and minimise the likelihood of a complaint.

Complaints! The role of supervision – Jo Birch

Jo Birch

“Complaints! The role of supervision” is the second CPD event in our Professional Issues Spotlight Series held in conjunction with Onlinevents. This event was held on 21st September 2022. Jo Birch explores the role of supervision and reflective practice in better equipping ourselves to manage any situation in which a person (or people) experiences a discord between what they expected and what they received from our services.

A Compassionate Approach to Coping with Toxic Work Environments and Workplace Bullying – Dr Malie Coyne

Dr Malie Coyne

On Friday 25th March 2022 The Psychologists Protection Society invited Dr Malie Coyne to speak on the topic “A Compassionate Approach to Coping with Toxic Work Environments and Workplace Bullying”. As a clinical psychologist who has experience of many work organizations, Malie understands the challenges psychologists and therapists face in dealing with toxic work environments and workplace bullying, which can really shake their sense of safety and their belief in their ability to do their jobs, as well as threaten their livelihoods and lives outside work.

Minimising Complaints by Adopting Appropriate Business and Professional Practices – James Rye

Our professional bodies may have been good at training us to become therapeutic individuals, but they have generally failed to train us on how to run therapeutic businesses. The results of this are often unhappy clients and consequent complaints (as well as loss of income). The emphasis throughout the session will be on exploring how managing practical issues more effectively might reduce client dissatisfaction. The session will consider questions such as: 1) Do we need to be more flexible in our assessment? If so, how could we do that? 2) Do we need to contract? If so, what could we put in our contracts? 3) How might we avoid problems when working with clients who are not physically present? 4) What are our GDPR responsibilities and how could we best fulfil them? 5) How can we be clearer about payment? What are the best ways to avoid non-payment? 6) Do we need a professional will? If yes, what could it contain? And what are the client benefits?

Clinical Practice with Intercultural Couples – Dr Reenee Singh

Dr Reenee Singh

Clinical Practice with Intercultural Couples Dr Reenee Singh Event Details: On Friday 25th March 2022 The Psychologists Protection Society invited Dr Reenee Singh to speak on the topic “Clinical Practice with Intercultural Couples”. This session was part of The Psychologists Protection Society’s 2022 Annual General Meeting and was held online. Session Outline: In this presentation, Dr […]

Managing Complaints, Key Learning – Shane Buckeridge and Ewan Murray

Shane Buckeridge Managing Complaints Video

The Psychologist Protection Society (PPS) is the only talking therapy defence organisation run by therapists for therapists. Using over 45 years’ experience of supporting members dealing with complaints brought against them, this presentation outlined the key issues facing therapists & detailed key areas you need to consider in your developing practice.

Stalking and mental health professionals: an occupational hazard – Ann Moulds

Ann Moulds Stalking Video

Ann Moulds says her professional background is in Psychology and Clinical Behavioural Psychotherapy, training and development. In 2009 she launched her award winning campaign Action Scotland Against Stalking (ASAS) with the overall aim of having stalking recognised as a specific criminal offence within Scottish law and to give the victim an identity and a voice.