STATUTE

ARTICLE 1 – NAME

In Athens, this day, the 12th of September 1995, an ASSOCIATION is founded under the name «GREEK ASSOCIATION FOR BODY PSYCHOTHERAPY» with the distinctive title «PESOPS», hereinafter referred to as «the Association», domiciled in Athens, Greece, with offices at a location that will be determined by the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE 2 – OBJECTIVES

2.1 Objectives of the Association are to develop and promote Body Psychotherapy which aims to optimise the Health of the Society in general. The Association supports and promotes the interests of certified Body Psychotherapy professionals. It is the representative in Greece of the European Association for Body Psychotherapy (EABP) which has its headquarters in Switzerland. As its representative, it promotes the activities of the latter in Greece. It shall harmonize with its criteria, collect membership fees on its behalf and behave according to the current Agreement signed between the EABP and the National Associations.

2.2 The means and activities for the realization of the above objectives include:

  • Support of persons and foundations engaged in the health sector of society, which is realized through collaboration with public and private entities.
  • Publication and dissemination of information, scientific works and publication of material related to professional and scientific development of Body Psychotherapy.
  • Organization of public debates, lectures, speeches, seminars, scientific research, workshops and conferences in order to promote Body Psychotherapy and to exchange scientific theories and experiences.
  • The definition and formulation of criteria for membership in our Association, which will be harmonized with the acceptance criteria for the Members of the EABP.

ARTICLE 3 – MEMBERS

3.1 Members of the Association can be both natural and legal persons. Members are divided on the basis of the current Agreement with the EABP into:

1) Full members

2) Organizational members

3) Candidate members

4) Associate members

5) Student members

6) Honorary members

3.2 As Full Members are enrolled, upon their request in writing addressed to the Board of Directors, any Body Psychotherapists who meet the acceptance criteria of the EABP. Full Members shall practice Body Psychotherapy based on a recognised quality background as determined in the existing rules for education and practice. They participate in the General Assemblies and shall be entitled to vote and stand as candidates for the Bodies of the PESOPS and the EABP and their names will be listed in the Register of Members of said Associations. They can participate in Committees and Working Groups on the EABP and the PESOPS. They shall be obliged to adhere to the Code of Ethics and to payment of the annual membership fee.

3.3 As Organizational Members are enrolled, upon their request in writing addressed to the Board of Directors, any private bodies or legal persons engaged in the field of Body Psychotherapy (training centers, professional associations, etc.) that accept and agree with the Goals and Objectives of the EABP. At least one (1) person of the Organizational Member shall be a Full Member of the EABP as a private individual, in order to be able to represent the Organizational Member and to vote in the General Assemblies, while three (3) more persons from the Organizational Member are allowed to attend the General Assemblies without being Full Members. The data of the Organizational Members are published in the Register of Members of both the EABP and the PESOPS. Organizational Members are obliged to pay the annual membership fee.

3.4 As Candidate Members are enrolled, upon their request in writing addressed to the Board of Directors, individuals who have completed their training in Body Psychotherapy but do not yet meet all the acceptance criteria of the EABP to enroll as Full Members. They shall practice Body Psychotherapy based on a recognized quality background, as determined by the existing rules for education and practice. The duration of the status of Candidate Member is three (3) years. Candidate Members can attend the General Assemblies of the PESOPS and are entitled to vote, but do not have the right to stand as candidates for the Bodies of the Association. They are not entitled to vote or stand for election in the General Assemblies of the EABP, which they can only attend as observers. They can participate in Working Groups and Committees. Their names are published in the Register of Members of both the EABP and the PESOPS. They shall be obliged to adhere to the Code of Ethics and to payment of the annual membership fee.

3.5 As Student Members are enrolled, upon their request in writing to the Board of Directors, all trainees of training centers that are recognized by the FORUM of the EABP, as well as students of the Faculties of Social and Humanitarian Science, Psychology, Medicine, and Social Workers up to 28 years. The status of Student Member can have a duration of up to five (5) years. Students can attend General Assemblies but are not entitled to vote or stand for election. They can participate in Working Groups. Their names are not published in the Register of Members of the EABP or the PESOPS. They are, however, obliged to pay the annual membership fee.

3.6 As Associate Members are enrolled, upon their request in writing addressed to the Board of Directors, any natural or legal persons who show an interest in the field of Body Psychotherapy. Associates may attend the General Assemblies but are not entitled to vote or stand for election, and their names are not published in the Register of Members of the EABP or the PESOPS. They can participate in Working Groups and, if deemed appropriate, in Committees of the PESOPS. They are obliged to pay the membership fee on an annual basis, as determined in accordance with the provisions hereof.

3.7 Members who offer or have offered important services to the Association can become Honorary Members of the Association by decision of the General Assembly. They are entitled to vote and stand for election for the Bodies of the Association and are exempted from payment of the annual membership fee.

3.8 Any prospective member is given a copy of the present Articles of Association, of the Articles of Association and the principles of the EAPB, and the Code of Ethics. Upon registration, Full and Candidate Members acknowledge acceptance of all of the above as an essential prerequisite for their admission to the EAPB and the PESOPS and the acquisition of their Member status (Full or Candidate).

In addition, Full Members shall acknowledge in their application their commitment to lifelong retraining and supervision, in order to maintain and develop their professional competence and adequacy.

3.9 In case of rejection, the applicant is entitled to lodge an appeal with the International Members Committee of the EABP, which may recommend acceptance of the member to the PESOPS’ Board of Directors, which shall then bring the matter to the next General Assembly.

3.10 Membership is not transferable. It expires with the death, withdrawal or expulsion of the Member. A Member can withdraw from the Association at the end of each year by notice in writing to the Board of Directors. During its deliberations and in order to defend the equality of Members and the interests of the Association, the Board of Directors may decide to expel a Member for non-payment of the annual membership fee over a period longer than 12 months, after appropriate reminders. The decision of expulsion shall be announced in the next General Assembly (Ordinary or Extraordinary). Withdrawal or expulsion does not release the Member from any obligation or liability to the Association which exists before the official date thereof. Any pending case related to ethical conduct shall inhibit withdrawal or expulsion. In each case of expulsion of a Member, the Ethics Committee of the EABP shall have the final say.

3.11 Expulsion from the EABP for violation of its Articles of Association or as a result of an ethical issue shall also mean automatic expulsion from the PESOPS without right of appeal to its General Assembly. Expulsion from the PESOPS for any other reason, such as disparagement of the PESOPS, must be endorsed though secret ballot by the General Assembly by a majority of two thirds (2/3). This constitutes a serious obstacle in the candidacy of such Member in subsequent application for renewed enrolment with the EABP.

3.12 The amount of the annual membership fee for each category of Membership shall be decided by the EABP and collected by the Treasurer of the Association. A proportion of this amount is given to the EABP, according to the current Agreement. The Board of Directors of the PESOPS may propose an additional contribution to the General Assembly with the sole purpose to support the objectives of the Association in Greece.

3.13 Members of the Association who have not fulfilled their financial obligations are denied the right to vote and stand for election in the General Assemblies. Settlement of financial obligations of the Members can be done on the day of the General Assembly (Ordinary or Extraordinary), before it starts.

3.14 Members of the Association shall have the right, upon their request in writing to the Board of Directors, to inspect the contents of files kept by the Association, the minutes of meetings of the Board of Directors, the General Assemblies, etc., and to receive copies thereof.

ARTICLE 4 – BODIES OF THE ASSOCIATION

The Bodies of the Association are:

1) The General Assembly (GA)

2) The Board of Directors (BoD)

3) The Audit Committee (AC)

ARTICLE 5 – GENERAL ASSEMBLY

5.1The General Assembly is the supreme organ of the Association, composed of Full, Candidate and Honorary Members, while other members can participate in its proceedings only as observers. In case a Full Member represents also an Organizational Member, is entitled to an extra vote, one for itself and one for the Member he/she represents. Every Organizational Member is entitled only to one (1) vote. The General Assembly (GA) may be: 1) Ordinary or 2) Extraordinary.

5.2 The Ordinary General Assembly convenes once (1) a year, in the month of December. If the General Assembly needs to be postponed for good reason, this can be done by decision of the Board of Directors, but not for more than one (1) month. The Board of Directors shall convene the General Assembly and announce its Agenda to the Members of the Association by post mail, by email, or by any other appropriate means. The invitation shall be sent to each Member at his address by post mail, e-mail or any other appropriate means four (4) weeks (28 days) prior to the scheduled date of the Assembly.

5.3 An Extraordinary General Assembly can be convened if the Board of Directors deems such to be in the interest of the Association or if requested by at least one fifth (1/5) of the Full, Candidate and Honorary Members by written application, which must explain the purpose of such convocation. The invitation and agenda for the Extraordinary General Assembly must also be notified four (4) weeks (28 days) in advance and sent to the Members of the Association at their addresses by post mail, by email, or by any other appropriate means. In this case, the Agenda will consist solely of the reason mentioned in the aforementioned application. The date of the Extraordinary General Assembly is determined by the Board of Directors.

5.4 The (Ordinary or Extraordinary) General Assembly has a quorum if it is attended by 50% +1 (absolute majority) of the Full, Candidate and Honorary Members of the Association. If it is attended by less than this amount of Members, a new General Assembly is convened within twenty-four hours, at the same time and location in which quorum is achieved by the presence of any amount of Members provided they are more than five (5). Only Members who have fulfilled their financial obligations shall be entitled to vote and stand for election; any pending obligations can be settled before the beginning of each Assembly. Before the meeting is opened, the General Assembly shall elect a Chairman who will conduct the discussions –unless the General Assembly decides to be conducted by the President of the Board of Directors– and a Secretary who will keep the minutes, which are recorded in the Book of Minutes of General Assemblies. The decisions of the General Assembly are taken by absolute majority (50% +1) of the Members present, except in those cases where the Articles of Association and law require an increased majority and quorum.

5.5 The powers of the General Assembly are:

1) Election of the Board of Directors

2) Election of Honorary Members

3) Establishment and abolishment of Committees and election of members thereof

4) Approval of recommendations of the Board of Directors for the conduct of Conferences

5) Expulsion of Members from the Association due to defamation of the Association

6) Modification of the Articles of Association

7) Approval or rejection of financial reports and financial management of the Board of Directors

8) Dissolution of the Association

5.6 Decisions are taken by a simple majority of the Members present who are entitled to vote, unless described otherwise in the Articles of Association.

Members are allowed to be represented by proxy, the signature of which shall be authenticated by a competent authority. In case of a tie, the motion shall be deemed rejected. For the following, a majority of two thirds (2/3) is required:

1) Modification of the Articles of Association

2) Expulsion of Members from the Association in accordance with Article 5.5

3) Expulsion of Honorary Members

4) Dissolution of the Association

Decisions taken by the General Assembly are recorded in an official Book of Minutes of General Assemblies, official copies of which are extracted and signed by the President and the General Secretary.

ARTICLE 6– BOARD OF DIRECTORS

6.1 The Board of Directors of the Association shall consist of seven (7) regular members and two (2) alternates. The regular members are: the President, the Vice-President, the General Secretary, the Treasurer and three (3) ordinary Members.
Board members are elected for a term of two (2) years and fulfil their duties honourably and unpaid.
Members of the Board of Directors can not participate in the Audit Committee. They have the obligation and right to handle cases on behalf of the Association.
If one or more Members of the Board of Directors should retire prematurely, the vacancy shall be filled by the alternate who has the highest number of votes. If more than two (2) members retire, an Extraordinary General Assembly will have to be called.
Only natural persons who are Full or Honorary Members of the Association can be elected to the Board of Directors.

6.2 The Board of Directors handles cases on behalf of the Association, in accordance with the decisions of the General Assembly. The Board meets regularly once (1) a month and extraordinarily whenever this is deemed necessary by the President or at the request of four (4) of its members (50% +1). The Agenda is drawn up by the President and announced to the members of the Board of Directors seven (7) days before the meeting by e-mail or by any other appropriate means.
The powers of the Board of Directors are:
1) Convening of General Assemblies (Ordinary or Extraordinary)
2) Drafting of budgets for the financial year
3) Reporting on the activities of the Association and preparation of annual balance sheets
4) Establishment and abolishment of Working Groups and definition of members thereof
5) Information of and co-operation with the Committees in order to achieve the objectives of the Association
6) Organisation of public debates, lectures, speeches, seminars, scientific research and publication of material related to Body Psychotherapy.
7) Monitoring of the financial obligations of the Members and imposition of appropriate sanctions
8) Representation of the Association before any public Authority or Court
9) Management of the assets of the Association
All Members of the Association have the right to attend the meetings of the Board of Directors and to take the floor, unless, exceptionally, the Board of Directors decides otherwise.

6.3 Resolutions and decisions taken by the Board of Directors are recorded in an official Book of Minutes of the Board of Directors, authorized copies of which are extracted and signed by the President and the General Secretary.

6.4 Within eight (8) days after its election, the Board of Directors is constituted as a body. The President, the Vice President, the General Secretary and the Treasurer are defined in priority order according to the number of votes during their election from the GA. In case that, for any reason, someone of the above-mentioned resigns of their right, their place will be occupied by the next member in order. In case of equality in votes a ballot is taking place during the first meeting of the Board of Directors. Until the new Board of Directors is constituted as a body, the administration tasks of the Association are exercised by the previous Board of Directors. At the first meeting of the new Board of Directors, the Executive Committee of the outgoing Board of Directors is called in order to deliver the Association to the new Board of Directors; a record is prepared, of which the members of the outgoing Executive Committee are entitled to receive a copy.

6.5 The Executive Committee consists of the President, the General Secretary and the Treasurer of the Board of Directors. The Committee has the obligation and right to act on behalf of the Association. It informs the other members of the Board of Directors at its next meeting.
The President presides over the meetings of the Board of Directors.
The General Secretary prepares the minutes of the meetings.
Every outgoing document shall be signed by the General Secretary or the President.
The Treasurer is responsible for the treasury and the management of revenue and expenses.
Any withdrawal of funds from the Bank requires the signature of two (2) out of the three members of the Executive Committee.

6.6 The Vice-President replaces the President. In case any both are absent, they are replaced by the General Secretary.

 

ARTICLE 7 – AUDIT COMMITTEE

At the election of the Board of Directors, the General Assembly also elects a three member Audit Committee which has a term of two (2) years. The purpose of this committee is to review the financial management exercised by the Board of Directors before the expiration of its term and whenever it is required by its members. Pursuant to article 6.1 of the present, members of the Board of Directors can not be elected as members of the Audit Committee.

ARTICLE 8 – COMMITTEES

Committees are elected by the General Assembly (Ordinary or Extraordinary) to undertake specific tasks; they cooperate with the Board of Directors pursuant to Article 6.2 and keep minutes of their meetings which are available to the Board of Directors and the Members of the Association, unless the disclosure of personal data is prohibited by law.

In each one of the aforementioned Committees participate a regular member of the Board of Directors as a liaison between the two bodies, who will provide the necessary information and update from and for the Board of Directors for the facilitation of the task assigned to each Committee. The aforementioned participation serves solely as an informative agent and by no means the member of the Board of Directors will participate in any part of the decision making procedure, nor will be assigned tasks or duties. In case when a member of the Committee is at the same time a regular member of the Board of Directors, then the same member will act as the liaison aforementioned.

In case a full member of PESOPS participates in a EABP’s Committee, then automatically is enrolled as a regular member of the corresponding Committee of PESOPS and becomes the liaison between PESOPS and EABP.

The Committees provided by these Articles of Association, and the number of which may be increased or decreased in accordance with Article 5.5 of the present, are the following:

The Ethics Committee (EC), which is composed of three (3) regular members and one (1) alternate member and has a term of four (4) years. To ensure its continuity, half (2) of its members are renewed every two (2) years. Its purpose is to handle all issues relating to the Code of Ethics in collaboration with the corresponding Committee of the EABP and based on the current Agreement of the National Associations with the EABP.

The Scientific Committee, which shall consist of five (5) members and has a term of four (4) years. Its purpose is to publicize and promote the scientific field of Body Psychotherapy in collaboration with the corresponding Committee of the EABP and the Editorial Committee of the Association.

The Editorial Committee, which shall consist of three (3) members and has a term of four (4) years. The Editorial Committee collaborates directly with the Scientific Committee and its objective is to organise and to edit e-publications or printed publications of the PESOPS that promote the scientific material of Body Psychotherapy and the activities of the Association.

ARTICLE 9 – WORKING GROUPS

The Board of Directors may establish Working Groups in order to carry out specific tasks for a predefined period of time, such as seminars, workshops, conferences and other events.

ARTICLE 10 – RECORDING OF MINUTES

Decisions taken by the Bodies of the Association are recorded in the respective Books of Minutes and signed in accordance with the provisions of the law and the Articles of Association. In particular, the minutes of the General Assembly (Ordinary or Extraordinary) are signed by the Chairman and the Secretary thereof.

ARTICLE 11 – ELECTIONS COMMITTEE

The election of the Board of Directors is conducted by a three member Election Committee which is pre-elected by the General Assembly by tellers.

ARTICLE 12 – DISPOSAL OF ASSETS AFTER DISSOLUTION

After dissolution of the Association, the liquidation process is followed as provided by the current Agreement of the National Associations with the EABP.

ARTICLE 13 – STAMP

The Association has a round stamp which shows its name in the perimeter and the year of association in the center. As a symbol, it will have the international WILHELM REICH symbol.

ARTICLE 14

The present Articles of Association, which consist of 13 articles after the amendments made, was approved today by the General Assembly convened for this purpose on 5/10/2013 and will be in force as amended from the moment of registration of the amendments in the public Book of Associations held at the Court of First Instance of Athens. Until such time, the provisions of the previous Articles of Association will stay in force.

Athens, 5th October 2013

GENERAL ASSEMPLY PRESIDENT

Therapia Mazaraki-Stamou

The SECRETARY of the GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Ioanna Charalambous

This came into effect on 22-10-2014 with the 487 decision of the Athens Magistrates’ Court.