• Effective July 1, 1976

  • Revised December 1, 1989

  • Revised January, 1991 and 1993

  • Revised September, 2001

  • Revised, July, 2010

The name of this organization shall be: Division of Humanistic Psychology.
The purpose of this Division shall be to foster, develop, and create concepts, theories, and philosophies of humanistic, transpersonal, and related psychologies and human science research for education, practice, and other areas of human endeavor. In order to facilitate this purpose, the Division may, by vote of the Executive Board, create Sections within the Division.

Section 1:

The Division shall consist of Members, Fellows, and Associate Members including individuals who are Members, Fellows, and Associates of APA, and Student and Affiliate members.

Section 2:

a. Any current Member or Fellow of the Division, who signed the petition for recognition by the Council of Representatives, is considered a charter member of the Division.

b. Application for membership in the Division shall be made to the Membership Committee on Division application forms or through indicating the desire for membership on the American Psychological Association Dues Form.

c. Applicants who are Fellows, Members, or Associate Members of the American Psychological Association will join the Division upon paying the Divisional dues.

d. A student who has applied and has been accepted to the American Psychological Association as a “student in psychology” is eligible for the “Student Affiliate” category and will be accepted upon receipt of a request for such affiliation and upon paying the Divisional student dues. Students who are not members of APA may apply to be “Student Affiliates” of the Division. Student Affiliates will receive the Divisional publications and communications and are encouraged to participate in all Divisional activities.

e. Professionals who are not members of the American Psychological Association may join the Division as a “Professional Affiliate” upon payment of Divisional dues and submission of a non-APA member application form.

f. Members who have made an unusual, outstanding, humanistic, and enduring contribution to psychology or society may be put forward by the Fellows Committee to the Executive Board for confirmation as Fellows in the Division. 

Section 3:

All members of the Division are eligible to vote in Division elections and hold offices, including committee assignments, within the Division. However, those voting for Council Representative and President-elect must be qualified to vote by the American Psychological Association. The Council Representative(s) and the President of the Division must be members of the American Psychological Association.

Section 1:

The Executive Board shall consist of the officers of the Division (President, President-elect, immediate Past President, Secretary, Treasurer), Representative(s) to the APA Council of Representatives, and seven Members-at-Large. One of the seven Members-at-Large will be the runner-up Presidential candidate from the preceding election. The runner up will serve as a Member-at-Large Board member with voting rights for one year. In addition, there also will be two non-voting student representatives selected by the Executive Board.

Section 2:

The President of the Division shall preside at all official meetings. This person shall serve as the Division’s executive officer in the Division’s governance. In the event of the President’s death, resignation, or absence, this person’s duties shall devolve successively unto the President-elect, the Secretary, and the Treasurer.

Section 3:

The election of officers and other members of the Executive Board shall be carried out by means of the ballot distributed by APA to all members in good standing. The times of election shall be established by the Executive Board in accordance with these Bylaws and will be carried out through the American Psychological Association election procedures or otherwise as the Executive Board decides.

Section 1 (President):

a. The President shall have all duties usually ascribed to the presiding officer by a standard manual of parliamentary procedure.

b. The President shall be empowered to appoint appropriate representatives and liaisons to task forces, committees, and commissions of the American Psychological Association as well as other scientific and professional organizations.

c. The President shall be empowered to establish and appoint such committees of a temporary nature as are important to the President’s adequate function as executive officer.

Section 2 (President-elect):

a. The President-elect shall act in place of the President whenever the latter is unable to carry out his or her assigned duties. The President-elect also will appoint a Chair-Elect to the Program Committee and may be assigned other duties as required. The Chair-Elect will become the Program Chair when the President-elect advances to the Presidency.

b. The President-elect may appoint a task force to help plan for the transition to a new administration. In addition, the President-elect will appoint two members and one alternate member to the Fellows Committee.

Section 3 (Immediate Past President):

The immediate Past President shall serve as Chair of the Elections Committee, coordinate the selection of candidate’s for the upcoming election, and serve on the Finance Committee.

Section 4 (Secretary):

a. The Secretary shall keep appropriate records of the Division’s business, including taking the minutes of all official meetings and maintaining a permanent file of business transacted. The Secretary shall distribute preliminary drafts of such minutes to members of the Executive Board.

b. The Secretary shall maintain and update the Executive Board Directory, prepare Divisional stationary, and sign Fellows certificates. 

Section 5 (Treasurer):

a. The Treasurer shall be in charge of all financial matters. This person shall receive funds and invest them through APA financial services.  The Treasurer shall disperse funds only when allocated according to the budget adopted at the annual meeting and after invoices have been rendered indicating services provided. The Treasurer is also responsible for maintaining the records of a small petty cash account, not to exceed $2000.

b. The Treasurer is responsible for reviewing and reconciling monthly financial statements from APA financial services as well as reviewing, reconciling, and approving the annual tax return prepared by APA financial services.

c. The Treasurer shall prepare two semiannual financial reports, one for the midwinter board meeting and one for the annual incoming meeting of the Executive Committee meeting.

d. The Treasurer is responsible for generating an annual budget proposal for the annual division meeting.

e. The Treasurer shall serve as Chair of the Finance Committee.

f. The Treasurer shall be responsible for mailing any special assessment notices other than those which are collected for the division by the APA. 

Section 6:

a. The Executive Board shall act as a deliberative body on all issues involving the government of the Division and shall conduct the business of the organization between annual meetings. When major issues of policy arise, the Executive Board shall make necessary decisions in the interim between annual meetings. Such decisions, however, are subject to the approval of the membership either through mail ballot or at the annual business meetings.

b. Exceptions to the responsibilities of the Executive Board shall be where power is delegated otherwise in these Bylaws either to an officer, a committee, or to the membership.

Section 1:

The terms of office shall be as follows:

  • President: one year

  • President-elect: one year

  • Immediate Past President: one year

  • Secretary: three years, not to be elected the same year as Treasurer

  • Treasurer: three years, not to be elected the same year as Secretary

  • Representative(s) to the American Psychological Association Council of Representatives: three years, unless otherwise set by the Council

Section 2:

Six Executive Board Members-at-Large shall each serve three years, two being elected each year. The runner-up of the most recent presidential election shall serve as the seventh Executive Board Member-at-Large for a one-year term. Two Student Representatives shall be selected yearly by the President and confirmed by the Executive Board. They will serve one-year terms.

Section 3:

a. The immediate Past President shall solicit a slate of candidates for each office.

b. The immediate Past President shall send out a request for nominations for all offices in which vacancies will occur by way of a direct letter to all Division members in the Fall issue of the Newsletter.

c. At a midwinter Board meeting the immediate Past President will review the nominations received with those in attendance at the meeting.

d. When the Board has selected a list of nominees for each position (not necessarily limited to those brought by the immediate Past President), the immediate Past President will communicate with those on the list, describing the duties of each position and ascertaining each nominee’s willingness to serve, if elected. The Board shall endeavor to provide at least two nominees for each opening on the final ballot.

e. Any member nominated by five percent (5%) of the Division membership will be listed on the ballot.

Section 4:

Voting shall be in accordance with the rights and privileges set forth in these Bylaws for Members, Student Members, and Affiliate Members of the Division. Thus all members of the Division may vote for officers with the exception of Council Representative(s) who may only be elected by members of the Division who also are members or associate voting members of the American Psychological Association.

Section 5:

Election to office shall be by plurality of the votes cast.

Section 6:

The meeting of the outgoing Executive Board shall be held as early as possible at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association. The new Executive Board shall meet as close to the end of the convention as possible.

Section 7:

a. The Executive Board is empowered to fill a vacancy caused by resignation, failure to assume office, or death. The officer or Executive Board member so elected by the Executive Board shall complete the term of office of the individual whose place this person was elected to fill. Missing two consecutive meetings of the Executive Board may constitute a failure to assume the duties of office.

b. The special procedures for filling a vacancy in the office of President is outlined in Article IV, Section 2 of these Bylaws. Power may be vested in the highest-ranking officer to fill an existing vacancy by appointment if filling the vacancy is deemed urgent, pending approval of the Executive Board, by mail, telephone, or electronic ballot.

Section 1:

The Division shall hold an annual meeting in conjunction with the annual convention of the American Psychological Association.

Section 2:

a. The meeting shall include a program of scientific, philosophic, and professional papers, symposia, invited addresses, continuing education workshops, and other features to be arranged by the Program Committee.

b. In addition to the official program, the Division may maintain a Hospitality Suite in which small thematic meetings, colloquy, conversation hours, discussion hours, and social events shall be scheduled.

Section 3:

A yearly membership business meeting shall take place during the annual convention of the American Psychological Association. On this occasion, official reports of the President, Secretary, Treasurer, and all Committee Chairs will be entertained.

Section 4:

The President or a member of the Executive Board appointed by the President and acting in place of the President may call a meeting of the Executive Board at any time deemed necessary. Members of the Board must be notified at least seven days prior to the scheduled meeting.

Section 5:

Committee meetings may be called at the discretion of the Chairs of their respective committees. Committee meetings may take place via electronic or telephone conference calls.

Section 6:

Continuing education workshops, scientific seminars, Section, and/or local meetings may be arranged at the direction of the Executive Board or by any official representative of the Executive Board acting with its approval.

Section 1:

Half of the members of the Executive Board, convened, shall constitute a quorum. No proxy votes shall be acceptable.

Section 2:

Five percent of the voting members of the division shall constitute a quorum at any meeting in which business is transacted. No proxy shall be acceptable at such meetings.

Section 1:

Dues of Fellows, Members, and Associate Members shall be levied in accordance with the Bylaws of the American Psychological Association. Student and Affiliate Members shall pay dues levied by the Executive Board. Members who transfer to Dues-exempt status in the APA may continue in the Division without payment of dues.

Section 2:

The Executive Board, in consultation with the Treasurer, may make special assessments when approved by a mail ballot with majority approval or when approved at a Division business meeting.

Section 3:

The Treasurer shall present a financial report at the annual member’s business meeting of the Division and at the incoming meeting of the Executive Board. The President may appoint an Auditing Committee to audit the financial records of the Division, including funded task forces, committees, publications, and dues collecting sections. This committee’s report shall be included with the annual report of the Treasurer.

Section 1:

There shall be 8 Standing Committees and any other committees and task-forces deemed necessary by the President to govern the Division. The President shall appoint Chairs of standing committees. Except as detailed below, the President shall appoint members of the standing committees upon the recommendation of the Chairs. Members of temporary committees can be appointed directly by the President.

The Standing Committees are:

a) Membership Committee: The Membership Committee is charged with launching membership drives, recruiting new members, maintaining accurate records of the membership, and providing oversight of the student membership committee. The committee will consist of a chair and two members.  The Membership Chair shall serve a six-year term. Committee members shall serve non-overlapping three-year terms.
b) Program Committee: The Program Committee shall consist of the Program Chair, Past Chair, Chair-Elect, and Hospitality Suite Chair. The President-elect, upon assuming office, shall appoint the Chair-Elect. The Chair shall take office at the beginning of the President’s term while the Past Chair’s tenure shall parallel the immediate Past-President’s term. The Program Chair shall issue the Call for Participation for programs, which appears in the American Psychological Association’s official announcement. The Chair shall be responsible for developing any theme(s) and may, in conjunction with the President and the Executive Board, invite speakers and other participants. The Chair, Chair-Elect, and Past-Chair shall each have a vote in the selection of programs and speakers, with the exception of those speakers or special programs specifically desired by the Executive Committee.

The Hospitality Suite Chair, in conjunction with the Program Chair, is charged with seeking appropriate space in the convention hotel in which the majority of the Division 32 Program is scheduled, organize a program suitable for the informal ambiance of a “living room,” and schedule time for social events and Divisional, Section, and/or Sponsor hours.

c) Election: The Election Committee shall solicit a slate of nominations for Divisional officers, members-at-large of the Executive Committee and APA Council Representative(s). The immediate Past-President shall serve as Chair with the current President and President-elect as committee members. The Executive Committee must approve all nominations.

d) Awards: The Awards Committee Chair shall direct the committee to gather groups of nominees for the established divisional awards as well as channel suggestions for additional awards. The Chair shall have a six-year term. Two additional members shall serve at the pleasure of the Chair and the President of the Division for one year, renewable for three additional years. The Student Award Chair shall be a Member or Fellow of the Division and shall serve as a consultant member of the Awards Committee and will be responsible for submitting to the Awards Committee recommendations on student award winners. Recommendations for all awards shall be submitted to the Executive Board who shall make final decisions for the granting of awards.

e) Fellows: The Fellows Committee shall evaluate all applications for initial nomination for Fellow of the Division of Humanistic Psychology and shall recommend those it approves to the Membership Committee of the American Psychological Association. It shall also be responsible for awarding Divisional Fellowship in the case of applicants who are already Fellows in the American Psychological Association.

The Fellows Committee consists of a Chair who holds Division 32 Fellow status and six Fellows of the Division. In addition, the Committee will have three alternates. An alternate will serve on the Committee in the event that a member of the committee cannot serve to review a particular application.  The Fellows Committee shall accept nominations (including self-nominations) for Fellow status in the Division and the American Psychological Association. A heavy majority of yea votes (a simple majority plus one) is needed for the application to be forwarded to the membership committee of the American Psychological Association.  The latter committee is charged to submit applications it approves for confirmation by the Council of Representatives.

Individuals who are already Fellows of the American Psychological Association, after being a member of the Division for at least one year, may apply for divisional fellowship.  A heavy majority (a simple majority plus one) allows the Fellows Committee to recommend the applicant for final confirmation.

The most recent publication of standards by the American Psychological Association and the Fellows Committee of the Division can provide criteria for fellowship. Because members of the Fellows Committee are required to act as judges of nominees, it would be inappropriate for them to act as endorsers of applicants. This stipulation in no way bars members from endorsing nominees for Fellow in other divisions of the American Psychological Association.

The chair of the Fellows Committee shall be appointed from among those who have served (or are presently serving) on the Fellows Committee.  The President shall appoint the chair for a four-year term, with the possibility of re-appointment to a second four-year term. The President-elect, in conjunction with the Executive Board, shall appoint two members and one alternate member of the Fellows Committee. Members of the Fellows Committee may not be appointed to succeed themselves.

Officers of the division are expected to resign from the Fellows Committee upon their election.  Likewise, any member will be expected to recuse him/herself if that person feels a conflict of interest exists.  Alternates will serve in the place of regular members when such conflict of interest is established.  In those rare cases when a conflict exists with more than three members, then the Chair, shall, in consultation with the President, appoint additional Fellows to serve as Fellows Committee members during the deliberations of the case in question.  If the chair feels that that there is a conflict of interest involving him or her, the chair will ask the President to ask another member of the board to serve as interim chair.

The decisions of the Fellows Committee are final.  The Fellows Committee does not have an appeals procedure.  Unsuccessful candidates may be encouraged to reapply the following year.

f) Publication Oversight Committee: The Publication Oversight Committee shall consist of the President of the Division as Chair, the President-elect, the editors of Divisional publications, and the Treasurer. The Publication Oversight Committee is charged with overseeing the finances, publication schedule, and relations with publishers of the Division’s publications. It will serve as a bridge between the editors and the governance of the Division. The Newsletter Editor will inform the Publication Oversight Committee when submissions required by these Bylaws are late in arriving to the Newsletter Editor.

g) Continuing Education Committee: The Continuing Education Committee shall promote, foster, and maintain a series of Divisional workshops, courses, and other approved events offering Continuing Education credits. It serves as the review committee for all workshops, courses, and events submitted for Continuing Education credit. In addition, it will have oversight of any C. E. quizzes in the Division’s journal. The committee may collect fees for credits offered for Division sponsored activities as well as for those independent, non-Division 32, organizational conferences, workshops, and/or conventions it decides meet the standards for continuing education credit. The committee shall have a Chair appointed by the President in accord with the Executive Committee’s approval for a six-year term. Two additional members may be appointed for three-year terms, not to coincide with the terms of any other member of the committee.

h) Finance Committee: The Finance Committee shall be responsible for overseeing the financial health of the Division. The Treasurer shall serve as Chair, together with the immediate Past President, as well as two members of the Executive Committee appointed by the President. The Committee will be charged with supervising internal audits and recommending external audits when deemed appropriate. It will also make an annual review of the Division’s long-term investments, including shifting investments as it deems appropriate and make an annual report on such at the incoming Executive Committee meeting. 

Section 2:

All members of the Division shall be eligible to serve on committees.

Section 3:

Except for the Fellows Committee, the President of the Division shall serve as an ex-officio member of all committees.

Section 4:

The President may request a report from any committee at any time, with a reasonable allowance of time for the preparation of the report.

Section 1:

The Division may issue publications as voted by the members or as directed by the Executive Board. Major publication programs shall be pursued in accordance with the principles and procedures set forth by APA.

Section 2:

Editors of Divisional publications (currently the journal and the newsletter) will serve a six-year term. This term is renewable subsequently for three-year terms. Editors are ex-officio members of the Executive Committee without vote.

The Parliamentary Authority for the Division shall be Roberts’ Rules of Order (Latest Revision), unless specifically superseded in some areas by provisions of these Bylaws.

Section 1:

Five members in good standing of the Division may propose amendments to these Bylaws. The Secretary must receive such proposals at least ninety days before the meeting at which they are to be considered. If the Executive Board so decides, by a two-thirds vote in favor, notice of the proposal shall be sent to the entire membership together with pro and con statements. If approved by a majority of the members’ returned ballots within 60 days of the date of the mailing of the ballot, the amendments shall be adopted as part of the Bylaws.

Section 2:

The Executive Board may propose amendments to and/or revisions of these Bylaws to the membership at any time such revisions or amendments become necessary. Such amendment proposals and revisions shall be distributed by mail ballot and shall carry notice that the polls will be closed in the Secretary’s office 60 days from their having been posted. Approval shall be by majority of ballots cast.

Nothing in these Bylaws is intended to be in conflict with the Bylaws of the APA. If such conflict should arise, the Bylaws of the APA shall take precedence.
  1. Name of the Division from Division of Humanistic Psychology to Society for Humanistic Psychology (may need to explore legal implications). Currently:
  2. Members of the Fellows Committee shall serve a 3 year term.
  3. Change from Roberts’ Rules of Order to Keesey's Modern Parliamentary Procedure.