Association for Humanistic Counseling
a division of the American Counseling Association
*Approved by the American Counseling Association Governing Council, July 20, 2015
The name of this organization shall be the Association for Humanistic Counseling (AHC), a Division of the American Counseling Association (ACA).
MISSIONWe value the dignity of the individual and the right for each to function as an agentic human being in the context of social and cultural milieus. We value authentic human relationships that contribute to the actualization of individuals and communities. As such, we are devoted to facilitating the client¹s development and becoming in the world, holding the experience and authority of the client in the highest regard.
To accomplish this Mission, the vision of the Association for Humanistic
SECTION I. Eligibility. Any person committed to humanistic ideals and whose primary professional goals or current responsibilities are professional counseling. AHC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), sex, sexual expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status.
SECTION 2. Types of Memberships. All memberships shall be individual. Each member must be a member of ACA.
SECTION 3. Voting Rights.
SECTION 4. Dues.
SECTION 5. Severance of Membership
OFFICERS OF THE DIVISION
SECTION 1. Officers and Terms of Office.
SECTION 2. Duties of Officers.
SECTION 3. Nomination and Election of Officers.
SECTION 1. Appointment of Committees. The President, subject to the confirmation by the Executive Board, shall name such standing and special committees, commissions and task forces as may be needed to conduct the activities of the Association. The Executive Board will approve the time limit, assigned task, or temporary purpose of the committee.
SECTION 2. Appointment of Committee Members and Chair. The President, subject to the confirmation by the Executive Board, shall name committee members and chair as well as approve their duties and timeline.
SECTION 3. Standing Committees. The standing committees of the Division may include, but are not limited to, committees for Budget, National Convention Program, Research, Publication, Long Range Planning, Membership, Instructional and Organizational Innovations, Professional Development, Grants, Charitable Efforts, Technology, Emerging Leaders, and Graduate Students.
SECTION 4. Reports. The Chair of each standing and special committee, commission, and task force shall make an annual written report of its activities and status to the Executive Board on/or before the date of the Association's Annual Business Meeting. Additional reports may be requested by the Executive Board as needed.
SECTION 6. Revenue. Any and all royalties from committee work, publications, or activities using the AHC division name will be retained by AHC, unless otherwise negotiated. Exceptions to this policy will be evaluated on a case by case basis and will need the approval of the full AHC Board.
SECTION I. Organization of Branch Divisions.
SECTION 2. Formation of Branch Division.
The Executive Board shall have the power to charter Branches, but only one Branch may be chartered in any State in the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the U. S. Virgin Islands. Two thirds of the votes cast by Executive Board members shall be necessary to grant a charter to a new Branch.
SECTION 3. Autonomy of the Branch
ACA GOVERNING COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE
SECTION I. The nominee for Governing Council Representative must have at least two years of experience as either an elected or appointed member of the Executive Board or chair of one of C-AHEAD's committees. The Association's Representative to the ACA Governing Council shall be elected. The term of office shall be three years starting July I following election. If the elected Council member is unable to attend an ACA Governing Council meeting, the Association President will represent the Association or will appoint a representative for the meeting.
THE EXECUTIVE BOARD
SECTION I. Membership. The Executive Board shall consist of the President, President-Elect, Immediate Past President; Secretary, Treasurer (non-voting), Representative to the ACA Governing Council, and chairs as deemed appropriate by the sitting members of the Board.
SECTION 2. Powers and Functions. The Executive Board shall (1) propose policies and recommend such policies to the membership at the annual Business Meeting for consideration and action, (2) formulate operational policies appropriate for executive
action and direct the execution thereof subject to review by the Membership at the annual Business Meeting, (3) be responsible for identifying issues and establishing priorities for professional thrust relating to human development and (4) perform other duties as identified in the Bylaws.
SECTION 3. Quorum. A quorum for the transaction of business shall be a majority of the members of the Executive Board.
SECTION 4. Meetings. One annual Business Meeting is to be conducted in connection with the ACA Conference. Other meetings may be held at a time and place decided by the President or by a majority of the Executive Board members.
SECTION 5. Conduct of Business. The Executive Board may conduct business during any scheduled meeting. Between scheduled meetings the business may be conducted by telephone, electronic media, or mail. The majority of the total Executive Board members, who are eligible to vote, must favor any motion for it to become effective.
SECTION I. Annual Program. A major program meeting shall be held in conjunction with each of the major program meetings of ACA.
SECTION 2. Business Meeting. An annual Business Meeting shall be called in connection with the American Counseling Association Conference. Other Business Meetings may be called by a majority vote of the Executive Board. Notice of a proposed Business Meeting shall be sent to all members at least four weeks prior to the proposed date of each meeting.
SECTION 3. Quorum. A quorum for the transaction of business at a Business Meeting shall be one percent or more of the Membership of the Division.
SECTION 4. Approval Procedure. A motion will be adopted when a majority of those voting vote in favor.
PROCESS FOR AMENDMENTS
SECTION 1. Prior Notice to Executive Board. Proposed amendments to the bylaws will be presented electronically or in writing to the President. The President will forward such proposals to the Executive Board at least two weeks before a Business Meeting convenes.
SECTION 2. Vote at Business Meeting. Amendments to the Bylaws may be approved at any Business Meeting of the Association. Amendments will be voted by on the voting eligible Executive Board members. If a board member is absent from a meeting, then the member may vote electronically. The majority vote of the voting eligible Executive Board members will be carried forward.
SECTION 3. Eligible Motions to Governing Council for Review. If the vote is in favor of the change, then the President will prepare the documents necessary to pass the change along for approval to the ACA President and Governing Council.
SECTION 4. The Bylaws and amendments to them become valid and effective immediately upon their adoption by the Division and approval by the ACA Governing Council.
Robert Rules of Order as revised shall govern the proceedings of the Association.