Constitution

The Constitution of the European Association for Integrative Psychotherapy

1. Title

The European Association for Integrative Psychotherapy (herein after referred to as the “EAIP”).

2. Aims and Objectives

The EAIP was founded in February 1993 and has the following aims:

To promote and extend the practice and development of Integrative Psychotherapy in Europe and to consolidate its position within the profession of psychotherapy.

(I)To promote and assist in the promotion of post graduate training and post qualification training in Integrative Psychotherapy.

(II)To promote the highest standards of clinical and ethical practice.

(III)To promote research and education in the theory and practice of Integrative Psychotherapy.

(IV)To provide accreditation of training courses in Integrative Psychotherapy for member organizations of EAIP.

(V)To promote the training of Supervisors and Trainers in approaches in Integrative Psychotherapy.

In furtherance of the above objectives but not further or otherwise, the EAIP shall have the following powers:

(a) To represent member organizations to National, European and International Associations for psychotherapy and to other professions, institutions and governments.

(b) To encourage the exchange and understanding of different theoretical and practical approaches to Integrative Psychotherapy.

(c) To do all such things as shall further the above objectives.

3. Membership

Membership is open to organizations which support the aims and objectives of the EAIP. There are three categories of membership: Full membership, Provisional Membership and Associate membership.

Full membership: Full membership shall be for organizations having significant commitment to Integrative Psychotherapy (and who comply with conditions for membership under 4(i) a,b,c,d,e).

Provisional Membership: provisional membership shall be for organizations

(I) Which do not yet fulfil all the conditions for full membership but should be able to remedy such minor failure/s as to be able to fulfil all the conditions within two years of the commencement of provisional membership.

Associate Membership is for organizations with an interest in Integrative psychotherapy or having relevant links with Integrative Psychotherapy but who are not eligible for, or wanting full membership.

4. Application for membership of the EAIP

(I) All applications for Full, Provisional or Associate membership shall be submitted to the General Secretary of EAIP. If the organization fulfils the conditions under the application below then they will be considered at the next available meeting of the Board of Directors. Please note training organisations that are long established members of their own National Umbrella Body may be eligible for Full membership of EAIP via a fast track procedure.

(II) An organization applying for Full membership of the EAIP shall fulfil the following conditions:

(a) It shall support the aims and objectives of the EAIP.

(b) It shall possess an accountable administrative structure, such as a constitution or the equivalent, which is comparable with the constitution of the EAIP.

(c) It shall possess a membership, of any standing, of no fewer than 30 persons.

(d) It shall have been in existence as an integrative psychotherapy organization for a minimum of three years.

(e) It shall have a code of ethics that is comparable with the Ethical Guidelines of the EAIP.

5. Selection to Full Membership

(I) All applications once considered by the General Secretary as to their general suitability will thereafter be passed to the Board of Directors (or a body authorized by the Board of Directors to consider the application and make recommendations to the Board, e.g. a membership sub-committee).

(II) Full membership will be granted only if agreed by a two-thirds majority of the Board.

(III) The decision of the Board of Directors will be final. Organizations not admitted to full membership may re-apply the following year, but not more than twice consecutively.

(IV)

(a) Organizations making application for full membership will describe, in writing, their practice and their selection and training procedures including length and frequency of training, requirements for personal therapy, and methods and standards used to evaluate trainers.

(b) EAIP requires that trainees of member organizations must have personal psychotherapy congruent with their training with an experienced therapist, normally for the duration of their training and a minimum of once a week.

(c) The EAIP requires that in the final assessment of the trainees at least one person must not be one of the candidate’s primary trainers, supervisors or therapists and should come from outside the organization.

(V)

(a) The Board of Directors (or such body as authorized by the Board of Directors to consider an application for membership) may, at their discretion, appoint or invite a senior member of a member organization which fulfils the criteria for full membership to make a written assessment report to the Board of Directors (or such a body authorized by the Board of Directors to consider an application for membership).

(b) The applicant organization is expected to pay for the travel costs of the appointed assessor, at the discretion of the appointed assessor.

(c) The applicant organization is required to supply the assessor with copies of all its literature, training brochures, details of the extent and breadth of the training modules, recommended reading lists, details of who is teaching what, samples of its written training material, requirements for completion of training, and details of its accreditation requirements and procedures.

(VII) Election to Provisional Membership and Associate Membership:

The Board of Directors will grant Provisional membership and Associate membership agreed by a two-thirds majority of the Board.

6. The Board of Directors

(I) The composition of the Board of Directors:

No person shall be a member of the Board of Directors unless he or she is a representative of an organization that is itself a full member.

(II) The Board of Directors will consist of the following categories:

(a) Officers: The President, Vice-President, General Secretary, and the Treasurer elected by the representatives of organizations in Full membership at its Annual General Meeting on the basis of one vote for each representative and by a simple majority of the votes cast.

(II) Organizational members:

Each organization that is a Full member shall have two representatives on the Board of Directors either elected or nominated by the organization concerned. They will be entitled to speak and be eligible to vote. Organizations that are in Provisional membeship or Associate membership may attend meetgs of the Board at the discretion of the Board of Directors. They may be invited to speak but will not be eligible to vote.

7. Duties of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors shall carry out the decisions and policies of the EAIP agreed at the Annual General meeting.

(I) A quorum of the Board of Directors shall be one quarter of the membership of the Board plus one.

(II) The Board of Directors may co-opt up to three persons from among Full member organizations, either for a specific task or to fill a casual vacancy until the next Annual General Meeting.

(III) The Board of Directors shall meet face to face at least once a year. It shall liaise by teleconference, e-mail or other appropriate means during the year. The Board shall convene the Annual General Meeting and such other meetings as are required.

(IV) The Board may appoint from among its members such other Officers as it deems appropriate such as Minutes Secretary, Public Relations Officer, etc, in order to carry out its business. The elected and appointed officers of the Board shall be responsible for the executive processes of the EAIP.

(V) The Board of Directors may appoint such sub-committees, working parties or other groups as are needed to further the aims and objectives of the EAIP, provided always that such bodies report back their actions and proceedings to the Board of Directors promptly. At each meeting of the Board of Directors it shall review the proceedings of any working parties so appointed.

(VI) The Board of Directors shall have the power to adopt and issues standing orders and/or rules of procedure which shall be subject to review by the Annual General Meeting and which shall not be inconsistent with the provisions of the constitution.

(VII) Tenure of office of the Executive officers of the Board of Directors:

Elected officers shall resign each year and may offer themselves for re-election except that no person may serve on the Executive for more than six years consecutively. Where relevant, shadow Executive Officers’ posts may be designated and filled by election.

8. General Meetings

(I) General meetings shall be called by giving at least thirty days’ notice in writing to all member organizations. The notice shall include the date, time and place of the meeting and the agenda, and may include such other information as necessary. Items, other than items on the agenda can only be raised for discussion at the discretion of the Chairperson.

(II) No decision shall be taken at any general meeting unless there is a quorum, of a quarter of the member organizations plus one.

(III) Member organizations may submit items for the agenda by notifying the general Secretary in writing at least 8 weeks before the date of the meeting, and such properly notified items must appear on the agenda. A general meeting shall be called within 20 weeks if six member organizations notify the President in writing of their wish for such a meeting. A General Meeting may also be called by the Executive of the Board of Directors.

(IV) All organizations, whether Full, Provisional or Associate members shall be entitled to send two representatives to General Meetings of the EAIP. Any such organization unable to be present at a meeting may arrange with another organization, or representative of another organization to represent it.

9. Annual General Meeting

(I) One general meeting each year shall be the Annual General Meeting and this shall take place within I5 months of the previous Annual General Meeting.

(II) The meeting will consider reports from the President and the Treasurer, adopt accounts and elect auditors.

(III) The Annual General Meeting shall set the level of subscriptions to the EAIP, and other changes where necessary.

10. Voting rights and procedures

(I) Voting rights will be reserved for organizations in Full membership on the basis of one vote for each organization.

(II) Provisional and Associate members will have participant non-voting rights but cannot stand, nominate, second the nominations of others or be elected to the Board of Directors, the Committees or Offices of the EAIP.

(III) A Full member organization unable to be present at a meeting may arrange with another organization to vote on its behalf whether at its discretion or as specifically directed, but this vote shall only be valid if the organization that is unable to be present notifies the general Secretary in writing I0 days before the meeting of its intention to be absent and specifies the organization or representative of the organization authorized to vote and if this organization notifies the President of its agreement to act at the beginning of the meeting.

11. Withdrawal of Membership of an Organization

(I) Any complaint about a member organization made in writing to the President shall be notified to the next Board of Directors.

(II) If the Board of Directors has reasonable cause to believe that an organization has ceased to meet the criteria of membership of the EAIP, it shall require the representatives of that organization to discuss the matter with the Board of Directors or one or more members of the Board of Directors appointed for that purpose.

(III) If the Board of Directors come to the opinion that the criteria for the relevant category of membership are no longer met, it shall draw this to the attention of the representatives and require the organization either to take action to meet the criteria or to withdraw from the EAIP.

(IV) If the organization shall not satisfy the Board of Directors and shall not resign, the Board of Directors will propose a motion at the next General Meeting (which may be called for the purpose) that the membership of the organization be withdrawn. The motion shall be carried if it receives a majority of two-thirds of the votes cast.

(V) No organization may be deemed to be a member organization of the EAIP unless it has been granted membership at a General Meeting, nor may organizations whose membership has been terminated by a vote at a General meeting continue to claim membership of the EAIP. In such a case the matter will be reported to the EAP.

(VI) If a member organization fails to pay its annual membership fee by the decreed time and is thus not a fully paid up member, then the Board of Directors may declare that the member organization has forfeited its right to vote at the next Annual General Meeting. If it continues to be in arrears of its membership fees after such an Annual General Meeting, then the Board of Directors will propose at the next Annual General Meeting that the membership of the organization be withdrawn.

12. Review of Membership

The Board of Directors shall review the grounds for membership of the EAIP as defined by the constitution of each member organization not less than once every five years, and report the outcome of such reviews to the Annual General meeting within the five year period.

13. Amendment to the Constitution

All changes to the constitution shall be notified to, and approved by a General Meeting. Amendment to the constitution can be made only if the motion proposing it shall receive a two-thirds majority of the votes cast at a General Meeting.

14. Termination

The EAIP may be terminated at a General Meeting only if the motion proposing it shall receive a two-thirds majority of the votes cast. Following such a decision any money, goods or property owned by the EAIP shall, after the satisfaction of all proper debts and liabilities, be transferred to an organization with similar aims, then to the World Health Organization.