Couples and Family Psychotherapy Association of Australasia

The Constitution

1. Introduction

The name of the association is ”The Couple and Family Psychotherapy Association of Australasia”.

2. Income and Property

a) Non Profit The assets and income of the Association shall be applied solely for the furtherance of the objects of the Association as defined in clause 3 below. No portion shall be distributed directly or indirectly to the members of the Association except as a bona fide compensation for services rendered or expenses incurred on behalf of the Association.

b) Dissolution In the event of the Association being dissolved, the amount that remains after such dissolution and the satisfaction of all debts and liabilities shall be transferred to another organization with similar purposes which is not carried on for the profit or gain of its individual members.

3. Objectives of the Association

To promote and advance the clinical practice of Couple and Family Therapy through:

(a) Professional Practice standards

(b) Ethical guidelines for clinical practice

(c) Professional education and training

(d) Public education

(e) Communication with public and private bodies on matters of concern to Couple and Family Psychotherapists.

4. Membership

All members of the Association shall be bound by this Constitution. Membership categories are as follows.

(a) Member

(b) Associate Member - enrolled in the Association's training programme

(c) Affiliate Member - interest in activities of the Association

The qualifications and terms of admission to the grades of membership are in the Bye Laws of the Association.

The Executive of the Association alone shall have the power to decide conclusively whether any person proposed for admission to any grade of membership of the Association has fulfilled such conditions as are applicable to the case.

5. Application for Membership

Individuals wishing to join the Association shall apply for membership in writing on the prescribed form, and shall supply such supporting documentation as the Association may request and shall pay the prescribed application fee to the Association.

6. Powers of the Association

The Association shall have the following powers:

(a) To carry out the objectives of the Association and give effect to the Constitution

(b) To encourage the study of working psychodynamically with Couples and Families and children and to improve and elevate the general professional and technical knowledge of persons engaged or intending to engage in the profession of Couple and Family Psychotherapy

(c) To provide for the delivery and holding of lectures exhibitions public meetings classes and conferences calculated to advance education in psychotherapy whether general professional or technical.

(d) To prescribe ethical standards for the practice of the profession of Couple and Family Psychotherapy.

(e) To collect and circulate statistics and other information related to Couple and Family Psychotherapy.

(f) To establish and maintain libraries museums and databases.

(g) To communicate, print, publish to members information on all matters affecting the profession of Couple and Family Psychotherapy as may seem conducive to any of the objects of the Association.

(h) To ensure that assets and income of the Association are applied only to further the objectives.

7. The Executive

The affairs of the Association shall be managed by a body to be called the “Executive” which shall be the governing body of the Association and which may, subject to the constitution and bye laws, exercise all the powers of the Association. The Executive shall consist of the following office bearers, elected at the AGM for a period of twelve months.


Vice President



Chairman of Training Committee

Chairman of Ethics Committee

Chairman of Promotions Committee

Chairman of Membership Committee

The Executive shall meet regularly throughout the year and shall have the power to accept or reject recommendations made by the Committees.

8. Annual General Meeting

The Association will hold a General Meeting at least once a year.

8.1 The ordinary business of the Annual General meeting shall be:

(a) to confirm the minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting and any Special General Meeting held since the AGM;

(b) to receive the report from the Chairperson detailing the affairs of the Association since the previous AGM;

(c) to consider any resolution of which at least 21 days written notice has been given by a Member to the Secretary;

(d) At each AGM the Treasurer will submit a statement of the Association’s accounts for that year

(e) Proxy voting by financially current associate and full members, including electronically signed and scanned emails is permitted at these meetings.

8.2 Election of Office Bearers for the Executive will be held at the AGM by secret ballot.

8.3 A notice of a General Meeting must:

(i) be circulated to all members at least one month prior to the date of the meeting;

(ii) include a draft agenda;

(iii) if a special resolution is to be proposed at the meeting, set out

(i) an intention to propose a resolution;

(ii) the resolution;

(f) include nomination forms to the Executive positions. Nomination forms must be received by the Executive prior to the AGM.

The proceedings from a meeting are not invalid if accidentally a person entitled to receive a notice of a meeting does not receive one.

9. Special General Meetings

9.1 The Executive may, whenever it thinks fit, convene a Special General meeting of the Association.

(a) The requisition for a Special General meeting shall state the objects of the meeting and shall be signed by the persons making the requisition. The requisition must be sent to the Secretary of the Association.

(a) The Secretary must, at least 28 days before the date fixed for the General Meeting, cause to be sent to each member at his or her address a notice stating the place, date and time of meeting and the nature of the business to be transacted.

(a) Proxy voting by financially current associate and full members, including electronically signed and scanned emails is permitted at these meetings.

10. Quorum for General Meetings

No item of business shall be transacted at any General meeting unless a quorum of members entitled under the Constitution to vote is present. A quorum is defined as [one third of existing membership]. Voting on items of general business shall be determined by a show of hands.

11. Rights of Members

Members of the Association are eligible to vote at the Annual General Meeting

12. Payment of fees

Each member of the Association is required to pay an annual fee as set by the Executive, whether Senior, Associate or Affiliate. Fees shall be payable in each year within two months after the AGM.

13. Cessation of Membership

A member may resign from the Association at any time by posting to the President a written notice of resignation. If any member after receiving notice from the Executive requiring that member to pay any overdue membership fee within a certain time fails to pay, that member will cease to be a member.

14. Expulsion of Members

A member may be expelled if the Executive has reasonable grounds to believe that a member has:

(a) engaged in conduct prejudicial to the Association’s code of ethics;

(b) refused or neglected to comply with this Constitution;

(c) engaged in conduct which goes against the objectives of the Association.

15. Code of Ethics

The Association must maintain a written Code of Ethics and all members are required to abide by that code.