Constitution of the
North American Society of Adlerian Psychology
ARTICLE I - NAME
The name of this Association is the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology.
ARTICLE II - PURPOSE
1. The purpose of the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (hereinafter
referred to as NASAP or the Society) shall be:
• to promote the knowledge, training, and teaching of Individual Psychology, defined as the
psychological theory and practice originating with and so named by Alfred Adler;
• to support the activities, efficiency, and development of individuals and groups in
• to encourage research in and to stimulate the further scientific development of
• to establish training centers and institutes of Individual Psychology;
• to extend the availability of psychotherapeutic services;
• to publish journals, books and pamphlets on Individual Psychology;
• to maintain contact with other groups, associations, and schools of thought in
the fields of psychology, education, etc.;
• to encourage and assist local or area groups and training institutes to organize
and affiliate with the Society.
2. This Society is organized and will be operating for exclusively educational and
scientific purposes, which will include the enlistment and involvement of all
persons and groups who support the principles of Individual Psychology.
ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP
1. There shall be three types of members -- General, Affiliate and Associate.
2. New members shall be accepted upon receipt of an application and upon receipt
of the first year's dues.
3. Dues shall be determined by the Council of Representatives and shall be
payable annually in advance of the first day of the fiscal year.
ARTICLE IV - OFFICERS
1. The Society shall have a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer,
Affiliate Liaison, Section Liaison, President-elect and Past-President. Officers
serve on the Board of Directors.
a. The President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Affiliate Liaison,
Section Liaison, and Past-President shall have a two-year term in office.
b. The President-elect shall have a one-year term in office before assuming
the office of President, after which service she/he will assume the office of
2. The election of Officers President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer shall
be conducted by the Nominating Committee of which the Past-President is the
Chair. The slate of nominees for each office shall be approved by the Council of
Representatives and presented to the full membership of the Society for
3. The Affiliate Liaison shall be elected from and by the Affiliate Representatives
within three months following the Annual Conference of the year in which the
president of NASAP takes office. The Section Liaison shall be elected from and
by the Section Representatives within three months following the Annual
Conference of the year in which the president of NASAP takes office.
a. The Affiliate Liaison shall have served at least one year previously on the Council
of Representatives as an Affiliate Representative.
b. The Section Liaison shall have served at least one year previously on the Council
of Representatives as a Section Representative.
4. Any General Member of the Society may be nominated to run for the Board of
Directors with the exception of the Affiliate Liaison and Section Liaison who shall
be selected from the eligible Affiliate and Section Representatives on the COR..
5. With the exception of the officers of NASAP, no one may serve on the Board of
Directors and the Council of Representatives simultaneously.
6. The President may not serve consecutive terms as President.
7. No member may serve more than two consecutive terms on the Board of
Directors, except when the second term is as President Elect.
8. All board members must be residents of, and physically reside in, North
ARTICLE V - BOARD OF DIRECTORS
1. The final authority in managing the affairs of the Society shall be vested in the
Board of Directors.
2. The Board of Directors shall administer the affairs of the Society, prepare an
annual budget, manage the finances of the Society and enter into or terminate
3. The officers and Affiliate and Section Liaisons shall constitute the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE VI - COUNCIL OF REPRESENTATIVES
1. The Constitution and By-laws shall be established by the Council of
Representatives to govern the deliberations and actions of the Council of
Representatives, the Board of Directors, its Officers and Agents, and any other
person(s) who shall in any way be responsible for any part of the work of the
2. The Council of Representatives includes: the Members of the Board of Directors and two
types of Representatives elected to the Council: Representatives from Affiliates and
Representatives from Sections.
3. Any Representative elected or appointed within the provisions of the Constitution
shall serve and hold office for a period of three years. No Representative shall
serve for more than two consecutive full terms. Upon completion of a second
consecutive full term, a Representative shall not be eligible to serve until two
years have passed.
4. Representatives shall be seated at the beginning of the meeting of the Council of
Representatives which follows an appropriated election or appointment.
ARTICLE VII – SECTIONS
1. Sections shall be established to promote contact among specialized interest
areas significantly represented within the Society and to insure representation in
the governance of the Society.
2. Any 50 General Members in good standing may petition the Council of Representatives to
form a Section. Upon approval from the Council of Representatives, the petitioning group may
organize itself into a Section.
3. Each Section shall establish its own by-laws, may collect its own dues and
present its own programs. The by-laws and operations of the Section shall be
subject to the approval of the Council of Representatives. The by-laws of the Section shall not
violate the laws of the Society.
4. Sections may be dissolved by a majority vote of the Council of Representatives.
5. “Sectional Representatives” shall be elected from and by each Section.
6. The number of representatives is specified in the By-laws of the Society.
ARTICLE VIII – AFFILIATES
1. To qualify as an Affiliate Member, an organization must submit a membership list
and a constitution, by-laws or statement of purpose consistent with the goals of
NASAP to the Council of Representatives. Upon approval from the Council of
Representatives, the petitioning group shall be designated as an Affiliate member.
2. To qualify for a Representative to the Council of Representatives, Affiliates must
have a specified number of NASAP members.
3. “Affiliate Representatives” may be elected or appointed by each qualified
4. The number of representatives accorded Affiliates is specified in the By-laws of
5. Affiliate Representatives shall be members of the Affiliate and General Members
ARTICLE IX - SUSPENSION, EXPULSION
1. A member whose dues are not paid within 30 days of the member’s dues
anniversary is automatically suspended from good standing, and may neither
exercise the rights nor enjoy the privileges of membership during the period of
this suspension. Such suspension is automatically lifted and a good standing is
immediately restored when the member's dues are paid. When any member shall
be in default in the payment of dues for a period of one year, the Board of
Directors shall make efforts to determine the member's intentions and secure
payment of dues.
2. The Board of Directors may suspend or expel a member for cause by two-thirds
vote, after an appropriate hearing. In such cases it shall be mandatory to invite
the member to such a hearing, to allow that member the opportunity to respond
in person to the accusers and the Board.
3. Any member may resign by submitting a written resignation with the President.
ARTICLE X - OBLIGATION AND LIABILITY
1. No Affiliate, or Section, including any Section created by the Board of Directors,
shall enter into, make, perform, or carry out contracts of any kind, or assume
obligations or incur liabilities with any person, firm, corporations, private or public,
other than and only to the extent that the same shall be done in its own name
and shall not constitute a joint or several liability or obligation of the Society and
its Board of Directors.
2. The Society in furtherance of its purposes shall not guarantee or assume liability
for the payment of any obligation or indebtedness of a Section or Affiliate.
ARTICLE XI - DISSOLUTION OF THE SOCIETY
The Society, should dissolution take place, will divide the assets on a pro-rated basis
among the several affiliated organizations which are exempt under Section 501 c (3) of
the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.
ARTICLE XII - AMENDMENTS TO CONSTITUTION
The Council of Representatives shall act upon amendments to this Constitution
proposed by the General Membership or by the Council of Representatives itself. An
Amendment proposed to the Council of Representatives by petition of 25 General
Members in good standing of the Society must be acted upon by the Council of
Representatives. Proposed amendments which are accepted by a two-thirds vote of the
Council of Representatives shall be recommended to the total General Membership for
ratification by mail ballots. A two-thirds vote of the General Members voting is required
Adopted April, 1978
Revised 1980, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2001,2006, 2010