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Articles of Association

Articles of Association of the Polish Society for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (PSPP)

(consolidated text: after the amendment of 29 August 2016)

Chapter I

General provisions

Article 1

  1. The society shall adopt the name “Polish Society for Psychodynamic Therapy”.
  2. The Polish Society for Psychodynamic Society, hereinafter referred to as the Society, operates in accordance with the Act on Associations of 7 April 1989 (consolidated text: Journal of Laws of 2001, No. 79, item 855 with later amendments) and the present Articles of Association.

 

Article 2

  1. The Society operates within the territory of the Republic of Poland. For the proper advancement of its statutory goals, it may also operate outside the borders of Poland.
  2. The Society has its seat in Kraków.

 

Article 3

The Society is established for an indefinite period of time.

 

Article 4

The Society cooperates with Polish, foreign, and international organisations and institutions with the same or similar profile and may become their member based on the principle of full autonomy.

 

Article 5

  1. The Society may issue ID cards to its members.
  2. The Society may adopt a membership badge.

 

Article 6

  1. The Society is based on the activities and social involvement of its members.
  2. In order to conduct its affairs, the Society may sign employment contracts or civil-law agreements.

 

Chapter II

Objectives and forms of action

Article 7

The objective of the Society is to:

  1. establish and ensure compliance with professional and ethical standards of psychodynamic psychotherapy,
  2. increase clinical knowledge and skills of psychodynamic psychotherapists,
  3. ensure a high level of training in psychodynamic psychotherapy,
  4. popularise psychodynamic psychotherapy among practicing psychotherapists, psychotherapy trainees, and individuals interested in psychotherapy,
  5. support initiatives aimed at introducing binding legal regulations to govern the acquisition of licenses and practice of the psychotherapist profession,
  6. document the effectiveness of psychodynamic psychotherapy.

 

Article 8

To advance its statutory objectives, the Society:

  1. organises training courses, conferences, lectures, and seminars,
  2. organises a system of supervision for practicing psychodynamic psychotherapists,
  3. issues certificates for psychodynamic psychotherapists,
  4. is involved in publishing,
  5. maintains relations with similar professional and scientific societies in Poland and abroad,
  6. represents its members and their professional interests before state institutions and social organisations,
  7. supports research on the effectiveness of psychodynamic psychotherapy.

 

Article 9

  1. The Society may engage in economic activities, in accordance with general principles laid down in separate provisions. All proceeds from economic activities shall go towards the advancement of statutory goals and may not be distributed among the Society’s members.
  2. The following types of economic activity are permitted:
    1. Book publishing (PKD 58.11.Z),
    2. Publishing of newspapers (PKD 58.13.Z),
    3. Publishing of journals and periodicals (PKD 58.14.Z),
    4. Other publishing activities (PKD 58.19.Z),
    5. Printing of newspapers (PKD 18.11.Z),
    6. Other printing (PKD 18.12.Z),
    7. Brokering the sales of advertising time and space in other media (PKD 712.D),
    8. Brokering the sales of advertising time and space in electronic media (PKD 73.12.C),
    9. Brokering the sales of advertising time and space in printed media (PKD 73.12.B),
    10. News agency activities (PKD 63.91.Z),
    11. Organisation of conventions and trade shows (PKD 82.30.Z),
    12. Other education, not elsewhere classified (PKD 85.59.B),
    13. Activities of business and employers membership organisations (PKD 94.11.Z),
    14. Activities of other membership organisations, not elsewhere classified (PKD 94.99.Z).
  3. In the event that a given economic activity requires a permit or license, it shall be taken up after the relevant permit has been obtained.

 

Chapter III

Members and their rights and obligations

Article 10

  1. Members of the Society may be:
    1. full members,
    2. associated members,
    3. supporting members,
    4. honorary members.
  2. Membership in the Society is voluntary.

 

Article 11

  1. Membership in the Society is open to natural and legal persons and organisational units without a legal personality. Legal persons and organisational units without a legal personality act in the Society through its representatives.
  2. Legal persons and organisational units without a legal personality are only eligible to become supporting members of the Society.

 

Article 12

  1. Full membership is open to natural persons having full legal capacity, citizens of Poland or foreigners enjoying full public rights, who meet all of the following conditions:
    1. have obtained the title of magister (master, MA) or lekarz medycyny (medical doctor, M.D.) – or an equivalent title in the case of foreigners,
    2. have achieved a certificate of training in psychodynamic psychotherapy based on a curriculum approved by the Council of the Society,
    3. have worked as a psychodynamic psychotherapist for at least 3 years,
    4. have accepted the statutory goals of the Society,
    5. have submitted a written application for full membership of the Society,
    6. have received a written recommendation from two full members of the Society.
  2. A decision to grant full membership is taken by the Executive Board in the form of a resolution.

 

Article 13

  1. Associate membership is open to natural persons having full legal capacity, citizens of Poland or foreigners enjoying full public rights, who meet all of the following conditions:
    1. have obtained the title of magister (master, MA) or lekarz medycyny (medical doctor, M.D.) – or an equivalent title in the case of foreigners,
    2. are pursuing training in psychodynamic psychotherapy based on a curriculum approved by the Council of the Society or have completed such training without a certificate,
    3. have worked as a psychodynamic psychotherapist for less than 3 years,
    4. have accepted the statutory goals of the Society,
    5. have submitted a written application for associate membership of the Society,
    6. have received a written recommendation from two full members of the Society.
  2. A decision to grant associate membership is taken by the Executive Board in the form of a resolution.

 

Article 14

  1. Supporting membership is open to natural persons, legal persons, and organisational units without a legal personality, who are interested in the activities of the Society, accept its goals, and declare to provide financial or material assistance to its statutory goals.
  2. Supporting members are obliged to:
    1. provide financial or material assistance to the statutory goals of the Society,
    2. support and promote the statutory activities of the Society.
  3. A decision to grant supporting membership is taken by the Executive Board in the form of a resolution upon request of two full members of the Society.

 

Article 15

  1. Honorary membership is granted by the General Assembly upon request of the Executive Board or the Council to individuals who have specially contributed to the development of psychodynamic psychotherapy or the advancement of the statutory goals of the Society.
  2. Honorary members are exempt from membership fees.

 

Article 16

  1. Subject to the provisions of Article 15, membership of the Society is acquired through a resolution of the Executive Board passed within two months from the date on which a relevant application is filed.
  2. If a Regional Branch of the Society is established in the candidate’s place of residence, the membership application should be submitted via the Board of the Regional Branch and should contain its opinion.
  3. Should the Executive Board decline to grant membership, the interested party is entitled to submit an appeal via the Executive Board to the General Assembly within one month from the delivery of the above-mentioned resolution. The General Assembly shall consider the appeal at its next sitting. The decision of the General Assembly is final.

 

Article 17

  1. Full members are entitled to participate in the life of the Society, and in particular:
    1. to vote at the General Assembly,
    2. to enjoy passive and active voting rights,
    3. to propose motions and postulates regarding the activities of the Society,
    4. to benefit from the resources and assistance of the Society in carrying out actions compliant with its statutory goals,
    5. to participate in the work, meetings, and other activities of the Society with a voting right.
  2. Full members are obliged to:
    1. abide by the Articles of Association, rules and regulations, and resolutions of the Society,
    2. pay regular membership fees,
    3. actively participate in advancing the statutory goals of the Society,
    4. protect the good name and property of the Society.

 

Article 18

  1. Associate members are not eligible to vote at the General Assembly and they do not enjoy passive and active voting rights, but may participate in the work of the Society with an advisory vote, and are otherwise entitled to the same rights and duties as full members.
  2. Once an associate member meets all the conditions enumerated in Article 12, the Executive Board may, upon the candidate’s request, upgrade their status to that of full membership.
  3. Associate members are obliged to:
    1. abide by the Articles of Association, rules and regulations, and resolutions of the Society,
    2. pay regular membership fees,
    3. actively participate in advancing the statutory goals of the Society,
    4. protect the good name and property of the Society.

 

Article 19

Supporting members are not eligible to vote at the General Assembly and they do not enjoy passive and active voting rights, but may participate in the work of the Society with an advisory vote and propose motions regarding its tasks to the authorities of the Society.

 

Article 20

  1. Honorary members are not eligible to vote at the General Assembly and they do not enjoy passive and active voting rights, but may participate in the work of the Society with an advisory vote, and otherwise enjoy the same rights and duties as full members.
  2. Honorary members are obliged to abide by the Articles of Association and the resolutions of the Society.

 

Article 21

  1. Membership in the Society terminates as a consequence of:
    1. voluntary resignation submitted in writing to the Executive Board,
    2. death,
    3. removal of a supporting member from the relevant registry,
    4. expulsion by the Executive Board, in particular for unjustified delays in payment of membership fees of more than 12 months or upon a motion of the Disciplinary Ombudsman,
    5. the loss of public rights through a final judgement of a common court of law.

 

Chapter IV

Authorities of the Society

Article 22

  1. The authorities of the Society are:
    1. the General Assembly of the Members of the Society, hereinafter referred to as the “General Assembly”,
    2. the Executive Board,
    3. the Council,
    4. the Revision Committee,
    5. the Disciplinary Ombudsman.
  2. The elected authorities of the Society are appointed by secret ballot from an unlimited pool of candidates.
  3. The authorities are elected for a term of 3 years. The term of the first elected authorities is 2 years.
  4. Members of the elected authorities may be dismissed by a resolution of the General Assembly at any time.
  5. A mandate of a member of the Executive Board, the Council, the Revision Committee, and the Disciplinary Ombudsman expires on the day of the General Assembly meeting devoted to the approval of the financial report for the previous full fiscal year in which the member of the Executive Board, the Council, or the Revision Committee performed their duties.
  6. A mandate of a member of the Executive Board, the Council, the Revision Committee, and the Disciplinary Ombudsman also expires as a result of voluntary resignation, death, or a resolution passed by the General Assembly.
  7. If the mandate of a member of the Executive Board, the Council, the Revision Committee, or the Disciplinary Ombudsman expires as outlined in section 6, the member is replaced by a candidate who has received the second largest number of votes in the elections to a relevant body.
  8. In the event of lack of candidates mentioned in section 7 above or their refusal to assume office, new elections shall be held for a relevant position.

 

General Assembly

Article 23

  1. The General Assembly is the highest body of the Society.
  2. The General Assembly may be:
    1. ordinary,
    2. extraordinary.
  3. The ordinary General Assembly may be called by the Executive Board once a year. The ordinary General Assembly should be held no later than within 6 months following the end of the fiscal year.
  4. The extraordinary General Assembly is called by the Executive Board on its own initiative or upon a motion of:
    1. the Revision Committee,
    2. the Council,
    3. 1/3 of full and associated members; no later than 6 weeks after the motion has been filed.
  5. The Executive Board shall call a General Assembly meeting, notifying its voting members of the date, the venue, and the proposed agenda via e-mail, fax, or by registered letter at least 14 days before the time mentioned in the notification. In the case of registered letters, the postal date stamp is decisive. The notification may also inform of a second meeting of the General Assembly, which may be held on the same day, at least half an hour after the first.
  6. Resolutions of the General Assembly are passed by a simple majority in the presence of at least half of the eligible members during the first session. During the second sessions, resolutions are passed by a simple majority without the requirement for at least half of the members to be present. Resolutions regarding changes in the Articles of Association and liquidation of the Society are passed pursuant to the procedure laid down in Article 44 of the Articles of Association.
  7. Sessions of the General Assembly are presided over by the Chairman of the General Assembly appointed by a secret ballot during every meeting by a simple majority of members in attendance, regardless of their number.
  8. The General Assembly may be held at any place within the territory of the Republic of Poland.

 

Article 24

  1. Only full members are eligible to vote at the General Assembly.
  2. The following persons enjoy an advisory vote at the General Assembly:
    1. associate members, honorary members, supporting members,
    2. invited guests.

 

Article 25

The General Assembly:

  1. decides on the main course of thematic and financial activities of the Society,
  2. approves the Articles of Association and their amendments,
  3. appoints and dismisses members of the elected bodies of the Society,
  4. reviews and approves reports on the activities of the elected bodies of the Society,
  5. awards honorary memberships at the request of the Executive Board or the Council,
  6. approves the balance sheet and other financial reports,
  7. passes and amends the bylaws of the elected bodies of the Society,
  8. passes the Code of Ethics of the Psychodynamic Psychotherapist,
  9. decides to grant discharge to the members of the Executive Board,
  10. passes a resolution to dissolve the Society and distribute its assets.

 

Executive Board

Article 26

  1. The Executive Board is composed of 3 to 7 members, including the President of the Executive Board.
  2. The President of the Executive Board presides over the work of the Executive Board.
  3. The President of the Executive Board and other members of the Executive Board are appointed by the General Assembly by secret ballot. With the exception of the President of the Executive Board, the General Assembly may decide to assign other functions to specific members of the Executive Board.
  4. The President of the Executive Board may perform the duties for a maximum of two consecutive terms.
  5. Statements of will in various matters, such as incurring financial obligations, signing contracts, and granting powers of attorney may be submitted by two members of the Executive Board, acting jointly.
  6. Resolutions of the Executive Board are passed by a simple majority in the presence of at least half of the eligible members. In the event of an equal distribution of the votes, the President of the Executive Board shall have a casting vote.
  7. Resolutions of the Executive Board may be passed only if all members of the Executive Board have been notified of its meeting.
  8. Meetings of the Executive Board shall be called according to need, but at least once every three months.
  9. Meetings of the Executive Board are called by the President, and in his absence, by another member of the Executive Board appointed by the President or by half of the members of the Executive Board. Notifications shall be sent by e-mail, fax, or registered letter at least 7 days before the date indicated therein; the notification should also include the venue of the meeting and its proposed agenda.
  10. The Executive Board may pass resolutions by circulation or remotely by means of communication. In the latter case, a resolution may be passed if all members of the Executive Board have been notified of its proposed contents.

 

Article 27

  1. Only members of the Executive Board are eligible to vote at the meetings of the Executive Board.
  2. An advisory vote may given to invited guests and the presidents or representatives of:
    1. the Council,
    2. the Revision Committee,
    3. the Executive Boards of Regional Branches,
    4. the Disciplinary Ombudsman.

 

Article 28

The Executive Board:

  1. represents the Society and acts on its behalf,
  2. manages the overall activity of the Society, in accordance with statutory provisions, as well as the resolutions and guidelines of the General Assembly,
  3. adopts the plans of activities, prepares budget estimates, and drafts the budget,
  4. manages the assets and funds of the Society,
  5. passes resolutions to purchase, sell, or encumber the movable and immovable assets of the Society,
  6. establishes and dissolves regional branches and organisational units,
  7. appoints and dismisses members of the Executive Boards of the Regional Branches,
  8. appoints members of the Certification Committee from among candidates presented by the Council and dismisses them,
  9. approves full, associate, and supporting members,
  10. files motions to the General Assembly to approve honorary members,
  11. expels members,
  12. passes and amends the rules that govern the manner in which the certificates of psychodynamic therapist and psychodynamic psychotherapy supervisor are granted and cancelled,
  13. issues, upon request of the Certification Committee, certificates for psychodynamic psychotherapists and psychodynamic psychotherapy supervisors, and cancels them upon request of the Disciplinary Ombudsman or the Certification Committee,
  14. reviews appeals against the decisions of the Certification Committee,
  15. passes resolutions with regard to the membership of the Society in national and international associations,
  16. establishes membership fees and the rules of their payment, and, in special cases, exempts members from membership fees,
  17. establishes rules regarding the salaries paid to the staff of the Society,
  18. convenes the General Assembly,
  19. presents annual reports on its activities to the General Assembly,
  20. suspends members for 1 to 12 months.

 

Council

Article 29

  1. The Council is a consultative body of the Society.
  2. The Council is composed of 5 to 7 members holding the certificate of supervisor granted by the Polish Society for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.
  3. The Council appoints the President of the Council from among its members.

 

Article 30

The Council:

  1. presents the Executive Board with candidates for membership on the Certification Committee for the term of the Council,
  2. reviews and approves training curricula and supervises training in psychodynamic psychotherapy,
  3. issues opinions on initiatives related to the statutory goals of the Society,
  4. files motions with the General Assembly to grant honorary membership in the Society,
  5. presents annual reports on its activity to the General Assembly.

 

Article 31

  1. Within its structures, the Council may establish special dedicated committees (e.g. a Training Committee, Professional Ethics Committee). Such committees may only be composed of the members of the Council. Committees may be permanent or established to carry out a specific task.
  2. The Council passes the rules governing the activity of its committees.
  3. The above regulations do not apply to the Certification Committee.

 

Article 32

  1. Meetings of the Council shall be called according to need, but at least once every three months, by the Executive Board, the President of the Council, or at least 4 members of the Council.
  2. The Council passes its resolutions by a simple majority in the presence of at least half of the eligible members. In the event of an equal distribution of the votes, the President of the Council has the casting vote.
  3. Resolutions of the Council may be passed provided that all members of the Council have been informed of the meeting by e-mail, fax, or registered letter.
  4. The Council may pass resolutions by circulation or remotely by means of communication. In the latter case, a resolution may be passed if all members of the Council have been notified of its proposed contents.

 

Revision Committee

Article 33

  1. The Revision Committee is composed of 3 to 5 members appointed by the General Assembly.
  2. The Revision Committee appoints the President of the Revision Committee from among its members.
  3. The members of the Revision Committee may not perform other functions in the elected bodies of the Society or be employed by the Society.

 

Article 34

  1. The Revision Committee is a controlling body of the Society established to oversee its activities.
  2. The Revision Committee:
    1. mistranslation the overall activity of the Society at least once a year,
    2. files motions related to its findings to the Executive Board or the General Assembly,
    3. requests an Extraordinary General Assembly meeting if the Executive Board is confirmed to default on its statutory duties, and has the right to request a meeting of the Executive Board,
    4. convenes a General Assembly if the Executive Board fails to convene it within the deadline set down in the Articles of Association,
    5. presents the General Assembly with motions to grant (or refuse to grant) discharge to members of the Executive Board,
    6. presents annual reports on its activities to the General Assembly,
    7. requests members and bodies of the Society to submit written or oral explanations regarding matters subject to its procedure.
  3. Representatives of the Revision Committee may participate in meetings of the Executive Board and the Council with an advisory vote.
  4. Resolutions of the Revision Committee are passed by a simple majority in the presence of at least half of eligible members. In the event of an equal distribution of the votes, the President of the Revision Committee has the casting vote.
  5. The Revision Committee may pass resolutions by circulation or remotely by means of communication. In the latter case, the resolution may be passed if all members of the Revision Committee have been notified of its proposed contents.
  6. Detailed principles and procedures regarding the activities of the Revision Committee are laid down in the rules passed by a resolution of the General Assembly.

 

Disciplinary Ombudsman

Article 35

  1. The General Assembly appoints a Disciplinary Ombudsman and two deputy ombudsmen.
  2. The Disciplinary Ombudsman:
    1. reviews cases related to violations of the law, the code of ethics, the provisions of the Articles of Association, or dignity, reported by the bodies or individual members of the Society,
    2. presents annual reports on their activities to the General Assembly.
  3. The Disciplinary Ombudsman may impose the following sanctions:
    1. admonition,
    2. reprimand,
    3. a motion to the Executive Board to suspend the member for a period of 1 to 12 months,
    4. a motion to the Executive Board to expel a member from the Society,
    5. a motion to the Executive Board to cancel (take back) the certificate of psychodynamic psychotherapist,
    6. a motion to the Executive Board to cancel (take back) the certificate of psychodynamic supervisor.
  4. The detailed principles and procedures governing the work of the Disciplinary Ombudsman are laid down in the rules and regulations passed by a resolution of the General Assembly.

 

Certification Committee

Article 36

  1. The Certification Committee is composed of 3 to 5 members appointed by the Executive Board from among the candidates proposed by the Council. The term of the members of the Certification Committee expires together with the term of the members of the Council who have proposed their candidacy to the Executive Board.
  2. Membership of the Certification Committee is open only to members of the Society holding a certificate of psychodynamic psychotherapy supervisor issued by the Polish Society for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.
  3. The Certification Committee may file motions with the Executive Board to issue or cancel (take back) the certificates of psychodynamic psychotherapist and psychodynamic psychotherapy supervisor.
  4. The Certification Committee operates on the basis of the rules passed by the Executive Board that govern the manner in which the certificates of psychodynamic psychotherapist and psychodynamic psychotherapist supervisor are granted and cancelled.

 

Chapter V

Regional Branches and sections of the Society

Article 37

  1. On its own initiative or upon a motion of at least 10 full members, the Executive Board may pass a resolution to establish a Regional Branch of the Society.
  2. The Regional Branches of the Society do not have a separate legal personality.
  3. The area of activity and the seat of the Regional Branch are defined by the Executive Board.
  4. The Executive Board may pass the framework rules of the Regional Branch of the Society.

 

Article 38

The Regional Branches of the Society are governed by the Board of the Regional Branch and the General Assembly of the Regional Branch.

 

Article 39

The Board of the Regional Branch

  1. The Executive Board of the Regional Branch is composed of 1 to 3 members appointed by resolution of the Executive Board. The resolution should specify the functions performed by each member, i.e. President of the Board, Deputy President, and Member.
  2. Members of the Board may be dismissed at any time by resolution of the Executive Board.
  3. Meetings of the Board shall be called according to need, but at least once every three months. Meetings are called by the President of the Board of the Regional Branch.
  4. Members of the Board are appointed for a term of 3 years. A mandate of the member expires on the day of the General Assembly meeting devoted to the approval of the financial report for the previous full fiscal year. The mandate also expires as a result of resignation, death, or dismissal by resolution of the Executive Board.
  5. The Board:
    1. presides over the ongoing tasks of the Regional Branch,
    2. advances the statutory goals of the Society within the area of activity of the Regional Branch,
    3. performs tasks delegated by the Executive Board,
    4. convenes the General Assembly of the Regional Branch,
    5. presents annual reports on the activities of the Regional Branch to the Executive Board.

 

Article 40

General Assembly of the Regional Branch

  1. The General Assembly of the Regional Branch is composed of all full members of the Regional Branch. The General Assembly is an advisory body charged with drafting proposals for initiatives that support and develop the statutory activities of the Society within the area covered by the Regional Branch.
  2. The General Assembly shall be convened by the Board of the Regional Branch according to need, but at least once a year.

 

Article 41

Sections

  1. Members of the Society, acting as a group of at least 10 members, may establish thematic sections to address the individual specialisations within psychodynamic psychotherapy. Establishing a section requires the approval of the Executive Board or, with its agreement, the Board of the appropriate Regional Branch.
  2. Principles governing the work of the section are laid down in the rules passed by the Council and the Executive Board.

 

Chapter VI

Assets and finances of the Society

Article 42

The assets of the Society include real estate, chattels, and funds, as well as intangible assets.

 

Article 43

The funds of the Society come from:

  1. proceeds from membership fees,
  2. revenues from the real estate and chattels owned or leased by the Society,
  3. donations, legacies and bequests, grants, private donations, public fundraising,
  4. proceeds from economic activities,
  5. proceeds from the statutory activities of the Society.

 

Chapter VII

Amendments to the Articles of Association and the dissolution of the Society

Article 44

  1. A vote by the General Assembly to pass or amend the Articles of Association requires a qualified majority of 2/3 votes in the presence of at least half of the eligible members at the first date, and regardless of the number of voters at the second.
  2. A decision by the General Assembly to dissolve the Society requires a qualified majority of 2/3 votes in the presence of at least half of the eligible members at the first date, and regardless of the number of voters at the second.
  3. Should it decide to dissolve the Society, the General Assembly shall appoint a Liquidation Committee charged with the liquidation of the Society. The General Assembly shall also indicate the non-profit foundations and societies with similar statutory goals as that of the Society to which the assets of the Society shall be passed upon the completion of its obligations.