European Association for Counselling (EAC)
1 TITLE AND LOCATION
1.1 An international not-for-profit Association, to unite each counsellor and counselling organisations of different orientations in Europe and elsewhere, is formed under the name of European Association for Counselling (EAC).
1.2 The address for correspondence will be that of the EAC’s Administration Office.
2 OBJECTIVES AND PURPOSE
2.1 The EAC is a professional body that promotes the recognition, development and professional ethical practice of counselling and training in counselling in Europe and elsewhere for the benefit of its members, and the safety and protection of clients and the public.
2.2 EAC will pursue these objectives by:
The principles and core beliefs to which all individual and organisational members subscribe are:
2.3.1 Counselling is an interactive developmental process, that approaches, in a holistic way, emotional, social, cultural, and economic issues.
2.3.2 Counselling is an explicitly contracted activity between counsellor(s) and client(s), be they individuals, families, groups or institutions.
2.3.3 Counselling is an independent scientific discipline with a sound knowledge and evidence base encompassing a range of activities that promote the development of social, emotional and mental well-being, the practice of which represents an independent and free profession.
2.3.4 The nature and quality of the professional relationship between counsellor and client is central to all forms of counselling and this therapeutic alliance facilitates the opportunity for clients to experience acceptance, change, and growth.
2.3.5 The multiplicity of counselling methods is assured, guaranteed and respected.
2.3.6 A full counselling training covers theory, knowledge of various counselling processes, self-experience and supervised practice with clients.
2.3.7 Training in counselling takes place at a defined level of knowledge, skills, experience, and reflective practice designed to produce counsellors who are qualified at a standard set by EAC.
The above core beliefs are outlined in detail in the EAC Definition of Counselling, the EAC Charter for Ethical Practice and the EAC Training Standards.
2.4 Philosophical Principles
Counselling takes place within particular sociocultural contexts and counsellors are required, at all times, to act in ways that are mindful of this wider social context.
The core values of counselling are based on respect for universal human rights and for individual and cultural differences. Counselling values underpin a set of attitudes and skills in which counsellors are responsible for respecting the integrity, authority and autonomy of the client and for acting in ways that protect the confidentiality of the client and the process.
These principles are outlined in detail in the EAC Charter for Ethical Practice.
3.1 Membership of the EAC shall be open to individuals and organisations that support and endorse the objectives of the EAC and who meet the membership conditions determined from time to time by the Governing Board and approved by members entitled to vote in General Assembly.
3.2 Membership criteria and criteria for accrediting individuals and organisations will be laid down in the EAC Operating Regulations.
3.3 Honorary Members:
The Governing Board may recommend to the General Assembly that honorary membership and positions be conferred on certain individuals who have contributed significantly to the development of EAC.
4. ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE
The structural model for EAC is one in which the General Assembly holds ultimate authority for the general direction of EAC and for accepting and approving proposals from the Governing Board and the Executive Committee. The Governing Board is responsible for carrying out those decisions and for policy development. The Executive Committee is responsible for implementing and managing those policies and procedures.
4.1 THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY provides an opportunity for all EAC members to determine the general direction of EAC and to guide and approve its policies. It is the Association ultimate authority in terms of policies and procedures.
4.1.2 The General Assembly will normally take place at least every 18 months and an emergency meeting of the General Assembly will be recognised whenever it has been convened in accordance with the Statutes and Operating Regulations.
4.2 THE GOVERNING BOARD
4.2.1 The Governing Board provides an opportunity for Member representatives and elected Officers to determine the development of EAC.
4.2.2 The Governing Board shall be responsible for the proper functioning of EAC in accordance with these Statutes, the Operating Regulations and the applicable law.
4.3 THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
4.3.1The Executive Committee is responsible for the efficient discharge of the duties laid down in the Operating Regulations and is accountable to the Governing Board and through it to the General Assembly.
5. THE OFFICERS
5.1 THE PRESIDENCY
5.1.1 The President and the Vice-President are individual members of EAC who are elected to office by individual and organisational members of EAC who are entitled to vote.
5.1.2The result of the elections for President and Vice-President will be formally reported at the next General Assembly meeting following their election.
5.1.3 The President shall represent EAC and its policies both internally and to outside bodies.
5.1.4 The President shall normally chair all General Assembly, Governing Board, and Executive Committee meetings.
5.1.5 The President is an ex-officio member of all committees of the EAC.
5.1.6 The President and the General Secretary, or officers appointed by them in the event of their unavailability, will sign legal documents of the EAC.
5.1.7 The Vice-President, at the request of the President, will deputise for the President in all of the above duties and may, from time to time, take on specific projects as defined by the President.
5.2 THE GENERAL SECRETARY
5.2.1The General Secretary is appointed by the Governing Board and that appointment ratified by the General Assembly.
5.2.2 The General Secretary is accountable to the Governing Board and through it to the General Assembly, and should work in close collaboration with the President and other officers, the Board Committees, and the Governing Board.
5.2.3 The General Secretary is responsible for ensuring that EAC works at all times in compliance with its own Statutes, Operating Regulations and internal regulations, and with any applicable law.
5.2.4 The General Secretary has particular responsibility for ensuring that an accurate record of proceedings is taken at all General Assembly, Governing Board and Executive Committee meetings and for that record to be securely stored.
5.2.5 The General Secretary is responsible for ensuring that all EAC administrative procedures and processes are sound and that they are discharged efficiently.
5.3 THE TREASURER
5.3.1The Treasurer is appointed by the Governing Board and that appointment ratified by the General Assembly.
5.3.2 The Treasurer is accountable to the Governing Board and through it to the General Assembly and should work in close collaboration with the President and other officers, the Board Committees and the Governing Board.
5.3.3 The Treasurer is responsible for ensuring proper financial accountability in the conduct of EAC affairs. This will include delivering regular financial reports to the Executive Committee, preparing and presenting annual budgets and annual accounts.
6. FINANCES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS
6.1 The EAC finances derive from enrolment fees, annual subscriptions, gifts, conference fees and other income. The EAC may invest, purchase, let or otherwise acquire property and other goods and services in pursuit of the objectives of the Association.
6.2 All Members shall pay an annual subscription as determined by the General Assembly.
6.3 Members in financial arrears at the time the General Assembly of EAC is called forfeit their right to vote or to stand for elective office as a member of Committees.
6.4 The fiscal year will run from January to December.
6.5 In financial matters the Treasurer, or the General Secretary, together with the President, or his or her nominee, are authorised to sign up to the amount authorised by the Governing Board.
6.6 When so required,auditors may be appointed to examine all the financial affairs of EAC including the annual financial statements. They will then present their written report through the Honorary Treasurer to the General Assembly.
7. MODIFICATION OF THE STATUTES, DISSOLUTION OR LIQUIDATION
7.1 These Statutes may be amended or supplemented or modified only by the General Assembly under the procedures laid out in the Operating Regulations.
7.2 The dissolution of the EAC may be decided only by an Extraordinary General
Meeting convened especially for that purpose.
7.3 The Extraordinary General Meeting deciding to dissolve the EAC shall designate the liquidator(s) and decide as to the allocation of the assets after the liabilities of the EAC have been paid off.
8.1 The official working language of the EAC is the English language.