How to become a National Association
To become an EABP National Committee
An EABP National Committee (NC) in a country can be formed by a minimum of two EABP members in that country. The main aim will be to gather colleagues together and investigate any needs for shared professional contact and activities.
This group of members must announce itself to the EABP Board, there has to be a contact person and a contact address and a set of intentions for future activities.
The EABP Board can then confirm the status of that National Committee.
The NC will report yearly on its activities, and send a representative to the COUNCIL of EABP National Organizations, if possible. There will be financial support available from EABP, i.e. up to 20% of the fees of the EABP members collected in this country. Additional support from the EABP Board is sometimes possible.
Ultimately the Committee should prepare the ground for founding an EABP National Association.
To become an EABP National Association
A National Association (NA) will most likely be formed as the result of a National Committee’s preparation work, although other ways of coming into existence are possible, such as when an already existing organization for body psychotherapists in a country connects with EABP and there is an agreement for it to function as an EABP National Association.
A National Association must:
– be a legally established association in that country.
– be open to all persons and organizations in that country who fulfil EABP
membership and accreditation requirements.
The NA statutes must:
– state clearly that the NA is a national section of EABP and that the relationship
between the NA and EABP is described in more detail in a signed ‘Agreement’.
– have goals and aims in harmony with those of EABP.
– formulate different types of membership in accordance with the EABP
– be accepted by an EABP General Assembly.
The ‘Agreement’ between EABP and the NA has to be signed by both parties and should cover all aspects of the relationship, interdependencies, rights and duties and financial agreements between both parties.
In the case of an already existing organization, with statutes that have already been formulated, when agreeing to act as an EABP NA, the ‘Agreement’ needs to include the above statutory points and needs to be passed by the Annual General Meeting of the COUNCIL and the EABP General Assembly.
National EABP representatives
In those countries where neither a National Committee nor a National Association has (yet) been formed, an EABP member can be asked and appointed by the EABP Board to represent EABP in any relevant areas and to be an informant to EABP about body psychotherapy in his/her country, as well as to inform his/her compatriot colleagues about EABP.