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Why you should be part of a member network

28 August 2020

While much of the BPS’s work is done through our member networks, a significant number of our members aren’t affiliated with any beyond their local branch.

Members are automatically enrolled as part of their local branch when joining the BPS, and these provide the opportunity to attend networking and professional development events, as well as immersing yourself in a local psychology community.

Other networks bring together BPS members who work in similar areas or have the same interests, and allow opportunities for our members at all stages of their careers to access relevant benefits, professional development and networking opportunities.

You can get involved in a diverse range of discussions, access cutting-edge research, attend events, receive up to date journals, gain access to a wealth of resources and even get involved as one of our member volunteers.   

Our networks organise and host a variety of CPD events throughout the year, and have continued this work through the delivery of a significant amount of webinars and online conferences during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Audience participation is high, the events are accessible digitally, and the content is diverse and highly valuable, supported by our positive satisfaction ratings.    

In the summer, for example, our Special Group in Coaching Psychology hosted a global event, timed to provide access to all markets, starting at 6.30am (UK time) for our members based in Asia, and concluding at 8.30pm to meet the needs of those in the Americas. 

Network members are able to attend these various events at a reduced cost, sometimes free, and access all of the support and opportunities that they provide.

Some networks also offer bursaries to allow members, particularly those early in their careers or facing financial challenges, to attend conferences and events.

We have 10 divisions that allow members to further their professional interest, as well as other networks representing interdisciplinary areas, and joining one provides a great opportunity to be part of a network of like-minded people.

For pre-qualified and in-training psychologists, each of our divisions (excluding the DoN and DART-P) has a pre-qualification group providing support and networking opportunities.

Ben Amponsah, a trainee member of our Division of Counselling Psychology, told us about some of the benefits of his network membership:

“Membership of DCoP brings with it a variety of benefits for trainees at very little cost, but chief among them is being networked into the division.

You’ll be party to CPD events, training and given a chance to interact with some of the movers and shakers of the division. 

It also gives you access to the e-newsletter and discounted fees to events such as the annual conference. Really, for the cost, it’s a bit of a no-brainer!”  

Network members also receive regular email newsletters with information relevant to their area of psychology, and discounts on publications from the BPS shop.

If you’re not yet a member of one of our networks but want to get involved, take a look at our joining page which lists all of the options and benefits available.


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