Article I. Name and Purpose.
Section 1. Name.
The name of this organization shall be The Association for Psychoanalytic
Section 2. Purpose.
It shall be the purpose of The Association for Psychoanalytic Medicine to
foster high standards of training, practice and research in psychoanalysis and to integrate psychoanalysis with psychiatry, other medical disciplines, psychology and the social sciences.
Article II. Membership in the Association.
Section 1. Classes of Members.
There shall be nine classes of members: Active Members, Life Members,
Corresponding Members, Honorary Members, Candidate Members, Special
Members, Special Life Members, Special Candidate Members and Affiliate Members.
Only Active Members, Life Members and Corresponding Members shall be entitled to vote, hold office or nominate members for office. Honorary Members, Candidate Members, Special Members, Special Life Members, Special Candidate Members, and Affiliate Members shall be entitled to all the privileges of Active Membership except the power to vote, nominate members to office or hold office; such privileges to include the attending of all functions, appointments to committees and to the Bulletin staff, and to participation in discussion and debate of issues.
Section 2. Qualifications for Active Membership.
No person shall be eligible for election as an Active Member unless he or she (a) has received full psychoanalytic training and has graduated in good standing from an institute accredited by the American Psychoanalytic Association or by the International Psycho-Analytical Association, and
(b) meets requirements as to character, ethical and professional standards which now exist or may be set up by The Association for Psychoanalytic Medicine.
Section 3. Qualifications for Life Membership or Special Life Membership.
Any Active or Corresponding Member or any Special Member having attained the age of 70 years and with at least ten years as such a member of the Association, shall meet the qualifications necessary for Life Membership or Special Membership respectively.
Section 4. Qualifications for Corresponding Membership.
Any member or applicant who qualifies for Active Membership but who
lives outside a fifty mile radium of New York City may be classed as a
Section 5. Qualifications for Honorary Membership.
Honorary Members shall be those individuals who have made outstanding
contributions to psychoanalysis and toward the advancement of the objectives of the Association.
Section 6. Qualifications for Candidate Membership.
Those eligible for Candidate Membership shall be those individuals who are candidates in good standing at a psychoanalytic institute approved by the American Psychoanalytic Association or by the International Psycho Analytical Association. Written verification of good standing will be requested by the Council.
Section 7. Qualifications for Special Membership.
(a) The number of Special Members shall be limited to one-tenth of the
number of the members of the Association.
(b) Those individuals who are not graduates of a training institute
accredited by the American Psychoanalytic Association but are involved in
academic pursuits in the behavioral sciences, the humanities and/or allied
research related to psychoanalytic thinking, teaching and investigation are
eligible for consideration for election to Special Membership. Consideration for such membership will be only by invitation of the Council in recognition of the proposed member’s special contributions to psychoanalysis or to the Association for Psychoanalytic Medicine or to the Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.
(c) Continued involvement in the disciplines aforementioned shall be required for the individual to maintain his or her Special Membership status; the Council having the prerogative by majority vote to discontinue Special Membership of those who depart from these areas of interest.
(d) Those individuals who have successfully completed their candidacy as
special candidates at a psychoanalytic institute approved by the American
Psychoanalytic Association are eligible for consideration for election to Special Membership.
(e) Special Membership does not qualify these individuals for the practice
of clinical psychoanalysis.
Section 8. Qualifications for Special Candidate Membership.
(a) Those eligible for Special Candidate Membership shall be those individuals who are Special Candidates in good standing at a psychoanalytic institute approved by the American Psychoanalytic Association or the International Psycho-Analytical Association.
(b) Special Candidate Members will not automatically be considered for Special Membership upon termination of their candidacy.
Section 9. Qualifications for Affiliate Membership
Those individuals who have met the requirements for successful completion of the full course of study of any program developed and administered by the Columbia U Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research and deemed suitable by the APM Executive Council are eligible for consideration for election to Affiliate Membership.
Section 10. Election to Membership.
(a) Election to Active or Corresponding Membership.
(1) Applicants for Active or Corresponding Membership, other than Candidate
Members, must be proposed and seconded for membership in writing by members who personally know the candidate. Such written proposals and secondings, accompanied by an application prepared by the applicant, shall be sent to the Secretary who shall forward them to the Council. The Council, as a body, or a duly appointed committee, shall make such investigation of the person whose membership is being considered, his or her qualifications and his or her credentials, as may be deemed advisable. A list of these applicants for Active or Corresponding Membership will be mailed to all voting members of the Association prior to action by Council so that members may respond with information for or against any applicant. All such information will be considered confidential and all letters of response will be returned to the respective writers thereof after consideration by Council. An applicant shall become an Active Member upon approval of a majority of the Council. Those Active Members who qualify for Corresponding Membership and wish to be transferred to that category of membership may do so by written request to the Secretary. Upon written confirmation by the Secretary, such persons shall become Corresponding Members.
(2) Election of Candidate Members to Active or Corresponding Membership
Upon graduation in good standing from an approved institute, verification of which may be requested by the Council, Candidate Members shall become Active Members upon approval by a majority of the Council and so informed.
(b) Election to Honorary Membership.
Candidates for Honorary Membership shall be proposed to the Council by
an Active or Corresponding Member of the Association. A candidate shall
become an Honorary Member upon approval of a majority of the Council.
Should Council not favor the proposal, the proposer is to be notified and the
matter held confidential.
(c) Election to Life Membership or Special Life Membership
Any member meeting the qualifications for Life Membership or Special Life Membership may submit his or her name or may be proposed by Council for consideration. The member shall become a Life Member or a Special Life Member upon approval of a majority of the Council and his or her acceptance thereof.
(d) Election to Candidate Membership.
(1) Candidates at the Columbia U Psychoanalytic Center for Training and Research.
Upon matriculating at the Columbia U Psychoanalytic Center for Training and Research, the candidate will be approved for Candidate Membership by a majority of the Council and so informed.
(2) Candidates at other APsaA or IPA approved institutes.
Candidates matriculating at other approved institutes of the American Psychoanalytic Association or the International Psycho-Analytical Association are required to apply for Candidate Membership by submitting a written request accompanied by written verification of good standing by the Director of their institute. Upon receipt of these letters, they will be approved for Candidate Membership by a majority of the Council and so informed.
(3) Candidate Membership shall continue as long as the member remains a candidate in good standing at the approved APsaA or IPA psychoanalytic institute he or she attends, verification of which may be undertaken by Council at any time.
(e) Election to Special Membership.
Those individuals qualifying for Special Membership who have been
invited by the Council to apply for consideration will submit applications to the
Secretary for forwarding to Council. The procedures provided in Article II,
Section 9(a) relative to candidates for Active Membership in the Association
shall similarly obtain in the instance of each candidate for election as a Special
(f) Election to Special Candidate Membership.
Those individuals qualifying for Special Candidate Membership who have
been invite by the Council to apply for consideration will submit applications to
the Secretary for forwarding to Council. The procedures provided in Article II,
Section 8 (d) relative to Candidate Membership in the Association shall similarly obtain in the instance of each candidate for election as a Special Candidate Member.
(g) Election to Affiliate Membership
Those individuals qualifying for Affiliate Membership will submit to the Secretary an application for such membership accompanied by a letter from the Chairperson of their Program confirming their successful completion of that Program. Upon approval by a majority vote of the Council said individual shall become an Affiliate Member and be so informed.
Section 11. Members on Adoption to These Bylaws.
Any person who is an Active Member, Life Member, CorrespondingMember, Honorary Member, Candidate Member, Special Member, Special Life Member, Special Candidate Member or Affiliate Member of this Association on the date of the adoption of these Bylaws shall be respectively an Active Member, Life Member, Corresponding Member, Honorary Member, Candidate Member, Special Member, Special Life Member, Special Candidate Member or Affiliate Member of this Association.
Article III. Officers and Council
Section 1. Officers.
The Officers shall consist of a President, a President-Elect, a Secretary and
a Treasurer. Election shall be held at the Annual Meeting in odd-numbered years and each officer shall serve for two (2) years and until his or her duly elected successor has qualified.
Section 2. Duties of Officers.
The Officers shall have the powers and perform the duties customarily
belonging to their respective offices, but, except as forbidden by law, the
certificate of incorporation, or these Bylaws, such powers and duties may be
increased, decreased, delegated or changed as the Council may from time to
time direct, and the Council may appoint such additional or assistant officers
with such duties as the Council may from time to time direct.
The President-Elect shall perform the duties of the President in the case of his or her absence or disability; and he or she shall have such other powers and duties as may be assigned to him or her and directed to him or her by the Council and is to assume the office of President at the end of two (2) years to succeed the outgoing President.
Section 3. The Council: Association Officers.
The aforesaid Officers, ex-officio, shall be voting members of the Council.
The President shall serve as President of the Council ex-officio. The outgoing
President shall sit with, and act as adviser to the Council, but shall have no vote as a member of the Council.
Section 4. The Council: Other Members.
The Council, in addition to the aforesaid Officers, shall have three
additional members, one to be elected at each Annual Meeting of the
Association to serve for a term of three (3) years and until his or her duly elected successor has qualified.
Section 5. Duties of Council.
The general management and control of the affairs, funds and property of
the Association shall be vested in the Council.
Section 6. Council Quorum.
A majority of the members of the Council from time to time in office shall
constitute a quorum. It no more than a quorum is present, the unanimous
decision of the quorum shall be necessary to become the decision of the Council.
Section 7. Council Voting.
Except as herein otherwise specifically provided, the decision of a majority
of the Council shall be the decision of the Council.
Section 8. Representatives to the American Psychoanalytic Association.
There shall be a Representative and an Alternate Representative to the
Executive Council of the American Psychoanalytic Association who shall be elected in odd numbered years. Each shall serve for two (2) years, for a maximum of five (5) consecutive terms. The Representative shall be an ex-officio member of the Council of the Association for Psychoanalytic Medicine but shall have no vote unless already a member of said Council.
Section 9. Nomination of Officers, Council Members, and Representatives to the American Psychoanalytic Association
At least sixty (60) days before the appropriate Annual Meeting, a
Nominating Committee, appointed by the Council, shall circulate among the
Members its nominations for Officers, Members of Council, and Representatives to the American Psychoanalytic Association. Any voting member of the Association may nominate candidates for Officers and Members of Council by sending such nominations in writing to the Chairman of the Nominating Committee after the names of the candidates for office have been circulated, but forty (40) days before the Annual Meeting. The complete list of nominations shall be circulated to each voting member of the Association with a notice of the Annual Meeting, together with a notice stating that votes may be cast by proxy, in accordance with Section 8 of Article VI.
Section 10. Election of Officers, Council Members, and Representatives to the American Psychoanalytic Association
Officers, Members of the Council, and Representatives to the American Psychoanalytic Association shall be elected by a majority vote at the Annual Meeting of Members of the Association present in person or by proxy, a quorum being present at such meeting.
Section 11. Vacancies.
In the event a vacancy should occur before the expiration of the term of any of the aforesaid Officers, Representatives or Members of the Council, the President, with the approval of a majority of the Council, shall fill the vacancy by appointment of an Active Member. The Active Member thus appointed will serve until the term of the vacated office is completed at which time the vacancy shall be filled as provided for in these Bylaws.
Article IV. Committees of the Association.
Except as forbidden by law, the Certificate of Incorporation or these
Bylaws, the Council may from time to time delegate any of its powers to such
committees or officers as it may designate for the purpose, with such
qualifications, if any, as it may deem wise. Committee members shall be
appointed according to policy set forth by the Council and in accordance with
these Bylaws. All committees shall keep records of their proceedings and render a report from time to time and at each Annual Meeting.
Article V. Publications.
The Association may, at the discretion of the Council, publish its
proceedings, papers written or delivered by its members. a magazine, quarterly or book or undertake any other publications as the Council from time to time may deem advisable.
Article VI. Meetings of Members.
Section 1. Annual Meeting
An Annual Meeting of the Association for the purpose of transacting necessary business shall be held in every year at such time and place as shall be determined by the Council. However, such Annual Meeting shall be held not more than sixteen months after the previous Annual Meeting. The Council shall formulate and present each year the agenda for the Annual Meeting. Such agenda shall include all such matters as in the opinion of the Council should be submitted to the Association for consideration and/or action. After such consideration and/or action has been taken on the agenda, further business may be introduced to the meeting from the floor by any voting member present.
Section 2. Stated Meetings.
The Council may from time to time provide for the holding of stated meetings at such times, intervals and places and for such purposes as the Council
Section 3. Special Meetings.
The President may from time to time call special meetings for purposes
which he deems appropriate. Upon written request of one-quarter of the voting members of the Association, the President shall call a special meeting to consider such subjects as may be set forth in such request.
Section 4. Closed Meetings.
The President may, from time to time, designate any Annual, Stated or Special Meeting as a Closed Meeting.
Section 5. Notice of Meetings.
Notice of each meeting shall be circulated to the membership at least ten
days before the same is scheduled to be held, but no notice of any adjournment thereof need be given except orally at such meeting. Notices of special meetings must include a full statement of the business to be transacted at such a meeting.
Section 6. Quorum.
At any meeting of Members, a quorum shall consist of 25% of the
members entitled to vote, present either in person or by proxy; provided,
however, that if at any time the number of voting members of the Association
shall be fewer than thirty, then the presence in person or by proxy of one-third
of the members entitled to vote, or of nine members, whichever is less, shall
constitute a quorum.
Section 7. Adjournment.
A majority of those attending a meeting, though less than a quorum, may
adjourn the meeting to a future time. If a quorum is then present, all business
may be transacted which might have been transacted at the meeting originally
Section 8. Proxies.
A member may vote by proxy. No proxy shall be valid unless (a) it has
been signed not more than sixty (60) days nor less than three (3) days before the date of the meeting at which it is to be used; and (b) it has been filed with the Secretary at least seventy-two (72) hours before the commencement of such meeting.
Section 9. Notices.
Notices herein provided for shall be deemed sufficiently given if circulated and addressed to a Member of the Council, Active Member, Life Member, Honorary Member, Corresponding Member, Candidate Member, Special Member, Special Life Member, or Special Candidate Member, at such address as appears on the books and records of the Association, and such notice shall be deemed to be given at the time when it is circulated.
Any notice required to be given under these Bylaws may be waived in writing, such waiver to be signed by the person or persons entitled to such notices, whether before or after the time stated therein.
Article VII. Dues.
Section 1. Initiation Fee.
There shall be no initiation fee imposed.
Section 2. Dues and Administrative Fees.
The Council of the Association is empowered to set the dues or administrative fees paid by Active Members, Corresponding Members, Candidate Members, Special Members, Special Candidate Members, and Affiliate Members. There shall be no dues payable by Life Members, Special Life Members and Honorary Members; they shall also be exempt from the payment of administrative fees.
Section 3. Modification or Postponement of Dues and Administrative Fees.
In the event a Member notifies the Council that the current payment of
dues or administrative fees would create a hardship, the Council, in its sole
discretion, after due consideration of the circumstances, by a vote of the majority of the Council, may either decrease the dues or administrative fees then payable or thereafter to become payable by that Member during a specific period of time, or suspend any such dues or administrative fees completely for any period of time the Council determines as appropriate. Such modifications of annual dues or administrative fees in individual cases shall not be subject to review or approval by the membership.
Section 4. Action Upon Failure to Pay Dues or Administrative Fees.
Active Members, Corresponding Members, Candidate Members, Special
Members and Special Candidate Members more than six months in arrears in the payment of dues or administrative fees, shall be considered by Council for
suspension, to be effective on majority vote of Council. Failure to pay all dues or administrative fees, after suspension, for a further period of six months shall result in automatic cancellation of membership unless special action is taken by the Council by majority vote to continue the membership. Such notice of failure to pay dues or administrative fees shall be given as Council may from time to time determine. Cancellation of membership shall not affect the obligation to pay all arrears of dues or administrative fees and other indebtedness to the Association. The Council, by majority vote, upon such conditions as it may prescribe, may remit or suspend the payment of any Active Member, Corresponding Member, Candidate Member, Special Member or Special Candidate Member.
Article VIII. Ethics and Discipline.
Section 1. Ethical Principles, Standards and Responsibilities.
All Members, which term shall designate Active, Candidate, Life, Honorary,
Corresponding, Special, or Special Candidate Members, of the Association shall be familiar with and shall fulfill the ethical principles, standards and
responsibilities placed upon them as psychoanalysts and as professionals in their chosen fields. (Members are referred to the “Principles of Ethics and Standards” of the American Psychoanalytic Association and/or their own specific professional ethics codes).
Section 2. Committee on Ethics.
(a) There shall be a standing Committee on Ethics (“Committee”) of the
(b) The President of the Association, in consultation with the Council, shall
appoint the members of the Committee.
(c) The Committee shall consist of a Chairperson and at least two additional
members for terms coinciding with the full term of the President.
(d) In the event a member of the Committee recuses her/himself from a particular case, the President, in consultation with the Council and the Chairperson of the Committee, shall appoint a replacement member for that case, whose membership on the Committee shall expire with the resolution of the case. The recused member will reassume all Committee duties on resolution of the case.
(e) If a Committee member vacates her/his seat on the Committee prior to the
expiration of her/his term, the President, in consultation with the Council and
the Chairperson, shall appoint a replacement to complete the term.
Section 3. The Functions of the Committee.
(a) All inquiries and communications concerned with ethical standards and
behavior shall be referred and responded to by the Committee. If deemed
necessary, the Committee shall inform the Council of any particular inquiry
or communication that has been brought to its attention.
(b) On receiving any information or complaint alleging that a Member has
behaved unethically, or has breached the Bylaws or Rules of the Association,
or has behaved in a way that is contrary or hurtful to the purposes of the
Association, the Committee shall inquire into and investigate, and/or hold
hearings on such alleged behavior.
Section 4. Procedure for Disciplinary Action Recommended by the
(a) At the conclusion of the inquiry, the Committee shall decide, by majority
vote, whether disciplinary action is warranted and if so to recommend
specific disciplinary action. Disciplinary action may include reprimand,
suspension of membership in the Association for a specified period and/or
with specified conditions for reinstatement, expulsion from the Association,
or such other measures as may be deemed appropriate.
(b) The findings and recommendations for disciplinary action shall be reported
in writing to the President and the Council not later than two weeks after
the conclusion of the inquiry.
(c) The President and the voting members of the Council shall review and
approve, by majority vote, the findings and recommendations of the
Committee. If such approval is not forthcoming, the President and the
Council shall confer with the Committee and resolve any differences.
(d) If warranted, the findings and recommendations of the Committee shall be
communicated to other relevant professional organizations and/or State
Article IX. Corporate Limitations.
Section 1. Limitations.
This Association shall be operated exclusively for the purposes set forth in
its Certificate of Incorporation and not otherwise. No part of the assets or net
earnings, if any, of this Association shall enure to the benefit of any member.
Article X. Amendments.
Section 1. Amendments.
Any five (5) voting Members may submit amendments to these Bylaws, to
the Council in writing. The Council shall submit such proposed amendment,
with its recommendations thereon, to the Association, in no case later than six
months after submission of such amendments.
Section 2. Action on Amendments
Such amendments to these Bylaws, when submitted by the Council, may
be adopted at any Annual, Stated or Special Meeting of the Association by a
two-thirds vote of the Members present, in person or by proxy, a quorum being present, provided that copies of such proposed amendments shall have been sent to all voting members at least two weeks before the meeting at which they are to be acted upon, and provided that the notice of such meeting states that the proposed amendments will be acted on at the announced meeting.
Article XI. Sundry Provisions.
Section 1. Fiscal Year.
The fiscal year of the Association shall be the twelve-month period ending
the 3lst day of August.
Section 2. Seal.
The seal of the Association shall be in such form as may from time to time
be adopted by the Council of the Association.
Section 3. Rules of Order.
Parliamentary usage as set forth in Roberts Rules of Order, as periodically
revised, shall govern at all meetings of the Association.