The ICP membership voted overwhelmingly to adopt new bylaws.
In addition to clarifying language, moving procedural instructions to a Handbook, and bringing the Bylaws to date to reflect current practice, the Bylaws include some changes to memership categories and ICP structure. Here is a short summary:
1. Changes to Membership Categories/Names
- ICP has three types of membership:
- ICP Member (psychologist, recognized in own national system)
- ICP Associate Member (professional in profession allied to psychology, or human rights advocate)
- ICP Student Member (student in psychology program of study leading to a degree as psychologist, or in applied profession with psychological focus)
2. Changes to ICP Structure
- The ICP Office of Secretary (elected) has been combined with the Office of Secretary-General (appointed). The Secretary-General, along with the President, Past President, President Elect and Treasurer constitute the Officers.
- The elected Board has been defined as the Officers plus 9 elected Directors at Large, 1 appointed Student Representative, and 1 appointed parliamentarian.
- The Extended Board has been defined as including all additional Standing Committee chairs, sub-committee chairs, and Historian/Archivist.
- Standing Committees are: Awards, Finance, Membership, Nominations & Elections, Publications & Communications. Other committees are defined in the ICP Handbook.
- The UN Representation is listed as a separate category (it is no longer a “committee:”)
In addition, the new bylaws clarify the expectations and duties of each of the elected positions. Other expectations and clarifications will be in the ICP Handbook (under revision).