By-Laws of the Danish Association for Contextual Behavioral Science

ACBS DENMARK

Article I – Name

§ 1.The name of this organization shall be ACBS Denmark.

Article II – Purpose

§ 1. The purpose of the organization shall be to foster the development of functional contextual cognitive and behavioral science and practice within Denmark so as to alleviate human suffering and advance human well being.

§ 2. Specifically, the organization shall:

  1. Serve as a scientific and professional reference group for those in Denmark who identify themselves as scientists, students, or practitioners in disciplines which embrace the principles and practices of contextual behavioral science, or for the interested public.
  2. Promote research and scholarship in Denmark focused on the development of a coherent and progressive science of human action that is more adequate to the challenges of the human condition.
  3. Identify and promote the development of useful basic principles, workable applied theories linked to these principles, effective applied technologies based on these theories, and successful means of training and disseminating these developments, guided by the best available scientific evidence; of effective prevention and intervention strategies.
  4. Promote the development of a view of science that values a dynamic, ongoing interaction between its basic and applied elements, and between practical application and empirical knowledge;
  5. Promote the development in Denmark of a community of scholars, researchers, educators, and practitioners who will work in a collegial, open, self-critical, non-discriminatory, and mutually supportive way that is effective in producing valued outcomes and in exploring the additional implications of this work, and that emphasizes open and low cost methods of connecting with this work so as to keep the focus on benefit to others;
  6. Advise political, legislative, and policy-making bodies with respect to matters pertaining to contextual behavioral science in Denmark.
  7. Organize and sponsor forums, conferences, newsletters, journals, websites, list serves and other such activities for the accomplishment of the purposes of the organization.

Article III – Membership

a) Categories of Membership

§ 1. Members of the Association shall be persons who are interested in the advancement of functional contextual science and practice.

§ 2. The types of membership shall be professional and student.

§ 3. Professional members shall be entitled to the rights and privileges of the Association without restriction. The minimum standard for election to professional membership shall be completion of a terminal degree relevant to the purposes of the Association. Student members shall be currently enrolled at the undergraduate or graduate level in an area of relevance to the purposes of the Association.

§ 6. All members of ACBS Denmark must be members in good standing of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.

§ 7. Membership dues are set by the Board of Directors of the Association and paid to the Association annually.

§ 8. Members shall be regarded without discrimination on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, political affiliation, or mental or physical disability.

b) Good Standing

§ 1. To remain a member in good standing, an individual must be no more than 9 months in arrears with respect to any dues and assessments, both of the Danish Chapter of the ACBS (ACBS Denmark), and of ACBS itself.

c) Voting

§ 1. Each Professional and Student member shall be entitled to one vote on all matters brought before the Association.Voting may be done by attending the annual meeting or by proxy voting, or by replying to an e-mail ballot. No member can represent by proxy more than two other members.

Article IV – Officers, Duties, and Terms of Office

§ 1. The offices of the Association forming the Board of Directors shall consist of a President, President-Elect, Past-President, Secretary-Treasurer, a student representative, and two members-at-large. Each shall perform the usual duties of the respective office and specific duties provided elsewhere in these Bylaws or as assigned by the Board of Directors. The President, President-Elect, Past-President, Secretary-Treasurer, Members-at-Large and student representative shall constitute the voting members of the Board of Directors. Should the case of a tied vote arise within the board of Directors and an agreement cannot be reached the matter must be brought to a vote among the members of the chapter.

§ 2. Elections for officers shall be held every year. The members of the Board shall each serve a one-year term and may not hold any other elected office within the Association.The Past-President shall fulfill the duties of the President in case of the President’s absence, incapacity, or resignation. In the event of the President’s resignation, or lengthy absence or incapacity, the Board of Directors may, by a two-thirds vote, provide for an election of a new President before the normal voting cycle. In such a case, the Past-President shall serve as President until the new President takes office.

§ 3. The members of the Board shall not hold any other elected office within the ACBS Denmark Chapter. Candidates for officers shall be Members of the Association. The Board will be elected at the annual meeting. Voting may be done by attending the annual meeting, by proxy voting, or by replying to an email ballot.

Article V – Annual general meeting

§ 1. The highest authority of the Association is the general assembly.

§ 2. General assembly is held once a year. The time and place of the annual general meeting is decided by the Board of Directors.

§ 3. An extraordinary general assembly can be requested by the Board of Directors, or by least 10 members who direct a written request about this to the Board of Directors.

§ 4. Summoning to the ordinary or extraordinary general assembly happens at the initiative of the Board of Directors, and shall be sent in writing to the members not later than three weeks before the general assembly. At the request of an extraordinary general assembly the summoning shall be sent not later than 14 days after the request has been brought up

§ 5. The general assembly’s agenda shall contain following issues:

  1. Election of chairman and minute taker.
  2. A report on the Association’s activity in the year in progress.
  3. Presentation of the revised tally for approval.
  4. Discussion of eventual proposals from the Board of Directors.
  5. Discussion of eventual incoming proposals that have been received by the President at least 14 days before the general assembly.
  6. Establish the Association’s tasks for the coming year.
  7. Establish the budget for the coming year and decide the membership fee.
  8. Election of the members of the Board of Directors for the available seats i) Any other business.

§ 6. Actions of the Board of Directors affecting Association policy are subject to approval by a majority vote of the Members voting at the annual meeting, or by a special email ballot as decided upon by the Board of Directors.

§ 7. Amendment proposals shall be submitted in writing no later than 14 days before the general assembly. Approval of the amendment requires approval by a majority vote of the Members voting at the annual meeting, or by a special email ballot as decided upon by the Board of Directors.

§ 8. All decisions from the general assembly shall be registered by the minute taker, who shall sign the minutes immediately after the ending of the meeting. Transcript of the minutes shall be sent to the members not later than 3 months after the general assembly has been held.

§ 9. Voting may be done by attending the meeting and by proxy voting, or by replying to an e-mail ballot. No member can represent by proxy more than two other members.

Article VI – Committees

§ 1. The Committees of the Association shall consist of such standing Committees as may be provided by these Bylaws and such special Committees as may be established by the Board of Directors.

§ 2. The Board of Directors shall have general supervision of the affairs of the Association, performing the duties and abiding by the limitations specified in these Bylaws.

§ 3. The Membership Committee shall be selected by the Board of Directors with a chair appointed by the President and approved by the Board of Directors. It shall be the responsibility of this Committee to secure and review evidence concerning the membership qualifications of all candidates for membership or changes of membership status and to select Fellow of the Association.

§ 5. The Election Committee shall be selected by the Board of Directors, with a chair appointed by the President and approved by the Board of Directors. The Election Committee shall secure nominations by email ballot from the Members and shall ascertain whether the nominees are qualified and willing to serve if elected. The Election committee shall propose candidates for all of the seats on the Board one month before the Annual meeting.

Article VII – Activities

§ 1. The association may hold periodic meetings for the transaction of business and presentations regarding developments in contextual behavioral science, application, and the advancement of human welfare.

§ 2. The Association may engage in activities designed to accomplish its purposes, including

  • establishing or acquire newsletters, journals, and other publications
  • establishing and maintaining websites, list serves, and other media
  • specifying or promoting education and training criteria promoting public education

§ 3. The Board of Directors may provide for the formation and dissolution of student affiliate groups, special interest groups, and other units within the Association.

Article VIII – Rules of Procedure

§ 1. The rules contained in the edition of Robert’s Rules of Order (Newly Revised) shall govern the Association in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these Bylaws and any special rules of order the Association may adopt.

Article IX – Amendments

§ 1. These Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of Members who reply to an email ballot sent to the total membership. Bylaws amendments may be initiated by the Board of Directors or by petition of five percent (5%) of the total membership.

§ 2. Within five years after the adoption of these Bylaws, the Board of Directors shall appoint a special committee to review these initial Bylaws and to recommend changes in them.

Article X – Dissolution

§ 1. In the event of the dissolution or termination of the Association, all of the assets and title to and possession of the property of the Danish Association shall pass to the International ACBS.