CONSTITUTION OF THE EUROPEAN FEDERATION FOR PSYCHOANALYTIC PSYCHOTHERAPY EFPP
Adopted on 10th March 1991. Amended on 26th March 1993, 24th March 1995, 5th March 1999, 30th March 2001, 13th March 2009, 1st March 2013, 3rd March 2017
The name of the organisation shall be “European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, EFPP,” hereafter referred to as “The Federation”.
The Federation will be an unincorporated association governed by the Law of England and Wales.
The official language of the Federation shall be English. The English text of the Constitution of the Federation shall be the official text.
Location of the Federation
The formal address for all communications shall be that of whoever be the Honorary Secretary of the Federation.
For the purposes of this constitution, psychoanalytic psychotherapy shall be taken to mean psychoanalytic psychotherapy with adults, with children and adolescents, with couples and families and with groups.
Objects and powers of the Federation
to advance education, training and the development of psychotherapy which is psychoanalytic in principle and practice.
to promote for the public benefit the relief of mental illness or disorder by developing psychoanalytic psychotherapy in Europe regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or socio-economic status.
to promote research in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
In pursuit of the above objects but not further or otherwise, the Federation shall have the following powers:
to protect the standards of training for psychoanalytical psychotherapists by defining the minimum standards required for qualified practitioners.
to ensure that each member of the Federation has an ethical code for the practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
to enhance awareness amongst other professionals, administrators and legislators in the public sector and the public in general about psychoanalytic psychotherapy. To make available to the general public knowledge about the theory and practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and also to bring to the public’s attention the scarcity of treatment resources.
to facilitate further communication amongst psychoanalytic psychotherapists by means of publications, newsletters, scientific conferences and other meetings.
to facilitate the collection, provision, maintenance and spread of information and knowledge relating to psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
to establish, carry on, promote, organise, finance and encourage the study, writing, production, publication and distribution of books, periodicals, monographs, pamphlets, articles and other literature and to arrange meetings and lectures and to arrange for the reading of papers and holding of seminars or discussions and to circulate any periodicals and literature that may be deemed advisable by the Board and to provide library facilities.
to undertake and execute any charitable trusts which may lawfully be undertaken by the Federation.
to borrow or raise money on such terms and on such security as may be thought fit provided that the Board shall not undertake permanent trading activities in raising funds for the said objects.
to establish and support or aid in the establishment and support of any associations or institutions in accordance with the objects in ARTICLE 6.1 and to subscribe or guarantee money for charitable purposes.
to join or affiliate or cooperate with and subscribe to any association, society or corporation and to purchase or otherwise acquire and undertake all or any part of the property, assets, liabilities and engagements of any such association, society or corporation.
to do all such other things as shall further the said objects or any of them, but not to do anything which will breach national laws.
Membership shall be open to all psychoanalytic psychotherapy organisations in Europe. Exceptionally an organisation situated outside the European borders may be accepted if its application for membership has been accepted by the Board.
All applications for membership will be approved by the Section Chair and Board member of that Section and will be ratified at a meeting of the full Board.
7.1. Types of Membership
There are different levels of membership:
7.1.1 Full Members
Full members of a Section are:
Those organisations that have training standards corresponding to the standards of the Federation.
Those organisations that intend to, but do not yet have the required training standards of the EFPP, but who have a core group of at least six persons who are both trained to the standards of the EFPP and providing training activities in their organisations.
7.1.2 Associate Members
Those organisations that do not yet have training standards that correspond to the EFPP bylaws for that Section defined under Article 10 and do not meet the further preconditions mentioned in 188.8.131.52.
Those who however have such training standards but do not yet have a core group of at least six persons trained to the standards and who are active in training within those organisations.
Observers are those organisations which are at a preliminary stage of application for EFPP membership.
Organisations may remain with observer status for a period of 2 years after which it will be reviewed by the Board.
7.2 Rights and obligations
All full members from one Section and one country jointly appoint up to 2 Delegates. The Delegates shall be qualified to the standards laid out in the The Delegates of full members have voting rights in their Section Meeting and in the Delegates’ Meeting. They can be elected on to the Board.
All associate members from one Section and one country may jointly send up to 2 Delegates to their Section Meeting and the Delegates’ Meeting. The Delegates of associate members do not have voting rights and may not be elected on to the Board.
Observers have no voting rights and may not be elected onto the EFPP Observers may attend the Section Meeting and the Delegates’ Meeting.
7.3 Affiliated Institutions
EFPP will seek affiliation with other European Psychoanalytic and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy institutions. Such affiliation will be to promote the objects of the Federation as laid down in Article 6.1 and to develop and foster the relationship between international psychoanalytically oriented societies, organisations or groups and exceptionally with organisations outside Europe. Institutions and organisations who wish to establish links to the EFPP would become “Institutions affiliated with the EFPP”. Their representatives will be invited to the Delegates´ Meeting (without voting rights) and to other relevant meetings to discuss matters of common interest.
National EFPP Networks
National EFPP Networks are umbrella organisations which gather more than one organisation under their roof. Their aim is to promote and persue the EFPP objects described in Article 6 of the constitution on the national level in the given country.
In countries with already existing National EFPP Networks applications for EFPP membership have to go to that National Network which will then contact the Board for a final decision. If the applying organisation meets the standards of the EFPP laid down in the bylaws of the given Section should be accepted by the National EFPP Network, followed by the ratification of the EFPP Board. This is also the case if the standards of the National EFPP Network exceed the EFPP standards. In case of conflict the EFPP Board ist the final arbiter.
The National EFPP Network provides membership for the four Sections corresponding to the existing EFPP structure.