Sandy Murray Memorial Award - Essay Competition

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The Psychologists Protection Society Trust is a not for profit defence organisation, run for the benefit of members in the talking and listening therapies.  The main purpose of the PPS Trust is to provide therapists with assistance when complaints are received from clients and other professional protection matters.  The Trust also aims to provide education and advice to and promote high standards of professional practice by practitioners in the talking and listening therapy services.


Sandy MurrayAt the instance of the Trustees of the Psychologists Protection Society, the Murray Family have agreed to offer an annual prize to honour the life work and dedication to the Society by founder Sandy Murray. Since Sandy’s passing in 2014, many members have provided testimony as to the helpful support received from Sandy throughout his 40 year service and how he encouraged, inspired and enabled Members to face the difficulties which cropped up in their life as a therapist.  The purpose of this Sandy Murray Memorial Award is to encourage the best talents and personal qualities of new entrants to the talking and listening therapy professions.  Click here to find out more about Sandy Murray


What is the prize?


  • The presentation of an engraved glass trophy inscribed with citation SANDY MURRAY MEMORIAL AWARD, with the winner being able to retain an engraved glass keepsake
  • The winner of the competition will receive a money prize of £500, donated by the Murray family
  • The winners will be named perpetually on PPS literature and online media streams

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Who can enter?


The competition is open to members of the Psychologists Protection Society Trust on the closing date of this competition. For more information and competition rules click here


What is the topic?


You are asked to send an essay, a reflective statement of what you think constitutes good therapy from a client’s perspective, within your own discipline of counselling, psychotherapy and the therapeutic modalities of psychology. The purpose of your essay should be to educate your fellow therapists by way of analysis, implementation and evidence of good practice.


How can I find out more and apply?


  1. Click here to download the document - "Sandy Murray Memorial Award - 2017/18 Essay Competition - Entrants Information"
  2. Click here to download the document "Sandy Murray Memorial Award - 2017/18 Essay Competition - Entry Form"


Previous Competition Winners

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