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February 2017 Board Minutes

21 Jun 2017 9:11 PM | Chris Hayes (Administrator)

ISST Board Meeting, Monday 6th February 2016 at 14:00 (2pm) UTC

In attendance- Travis Atkinson, Dave Edwards, Joan Farrell, Chris Hayes, Remco van der Wijngaart, Paul Kasyanik

Final 6th March 2017

1.     The January meeting minutes were approved

2.    Barcelona summer school 2017: Status update   

  • -       The summer school program is on schedule and is now up on the ISST website.
  • -       Concern was expressed that there still appears to be no contract formalized between the conference venue and the ISST.
  • -       60 people have already registered for the summer school, but it was noted that there was low attendance for Spanish attendees. Currently there has been minimal promotion for Spanish speakers. Travis stressed the need for a translation of the website into Spanish to maximize promotion. Several ISST members have stated that they will assist with this.
  • -       Board members are requested to make their own bookings to the hotel Ayre Rosellon. Board members should keep receipts for reimbursements at a later time.
  • -       Action:  Joan to contact Eckhard to confirm contractual arrangements between the venue and the ISST for the Barcelona summer school.  Remco- to contact the Schema Dutch register to promote the summer school.
  • 3.    Time of Board meeting in Barcelona on Wednesday 7th June
  • -       It was agreed that the Executive Board meeting scheduled for Wednesday 7th June in Barcelona would take place at 6pm (18h00) and that the venue would be the Hotel Ayre Rosellon if there was a suitable space.

Action- Joan will contact the Hotel Ayre Rosellon to find out if there is a suitable room for the meeting.

4.    Washington conference 2018: progress update

  • -       Wendy Behary updated the Board with regards to venues in Washington DC. She has looked at several potential venues with some being more suitable than others. She noted also that she has received no response from Psychotherapy Networker or PESI from her outreach attempts. She questioned whether these agencies may be open to such partnership with the ISST.
  • -       It was suggested that around 500 participants would an ideal attendance figure based on the last conferences in Europe and the US.
  • -       Dave expressed a concern that it was being suggested that the venue would cater for a limited number of participants (as had happened in New York) which would impact on the number of attendees. He recalled that in Vienna Eckhard had noted the expanding size of the ISST conference from one year to the next and would not like to see a decision which may hinder further expansion.
  • -       Remco (in liaison with Eckhard) noted that a budget of around €50,000 would be realistic.
  • -       However, Travis noted that that he has been following online forums of event planners for upcoming conferences in the USA. Many of them are concerned about a potential drop in attendance from international travelers, especially since the introduction of the travel ban. He noted that a large survey of Europeans taken after the US election shows that 1/3 of Germans, and 1/5 of British and French are significantly less inclined to travel to the US, with women twice as resistant. The main factors are the perception of how welcoming and how safe the host city is. Travis expressed concerns that attracting a large audience may be very challenging, especially since nearly 80% of ISST stems from Europe, and the majority of the society are female. Paul mentioned that he was having difficulty getting a visa to visit the USA for a conference because he had made a recent visit to Iran.  There is therefore a growing concern that having the conference in the USA would make it difficult for some ISST members to attend.  The Board members agreed that these were serious concerns.
  • -       Consequently, it was agreed that a possible “Plan B” should be considered even at this stage.  Travis mentioned that the most popular conference venues in Europe were London, Barcelona and Amsterdam.  Amsterdam was considered a promising alternative because of its easy accessibility, the fact that it is close to home for Remco, and that is might further the rapprochement with the Dutch Schema Therapy Society.  It was pointed out that political developments in Europe were also unpredictable with right wing parties having more popular appeal than a few years ago.  The election of right wing parties to power could also impact negatively on the suitability of a venue in particular European countries.  It was decided to continue to follow and evaluate the situation for further discussion at the next Executive Board meeting.

5.    Use of ISST recordings for personal advertising

  • -       Wendy Behary asked if she could distribute her INSPIRE 2016 keynote recording on her website.
  • -       However, Travis recommended that access to such ISST keynote recordings be retained as resources available only to active ISST members, enrolled on the website.  This provides an incentive for people to join and retain their membership.  Instead, he suggested that Wendy could use short segments of the video on her website for promotional purposes with links to the ISST site which could promote ISST member ship.
  • -       Travis’ suggestions were agreed to and it was noted that presenters did have access to the recordings of their presentations for private use (e.g. at their training workshops).   Travis also mentioned that these points were stated clearly in the contract that presenters signed when they agreed to recordings being made.

6.     ISST symbols and logo

ISST logo:  Dave presented a new proposal and contract for the use of the ISST logos. It was noted that in the past the logo has been used in inappropriate ways (suggesting the endorsement of the ISST).  

Action- After a discussion of some of the issues it was agreed that Dave and Travis would review Dave’s proposal and submit a revised version to the next meeting.

ISST symbols: Travis noted that symbols to denote levels of membership are now ready, it was agreed that such symbols would be released through the ISST Office to new and renewing members that have paid membership dues.

7.     ISST website access to self-report scales: 

Paul reported back on plans to have schema therapy self–report scales available on the ISST website.  He suggested that he initiate discussion on the research blog of the ISST website and via the ISST listserve to determine what measures are available and who are the owners of each measure or translation of a measure. It would also be important to ascertain whether translations of scales had been authorized by the owners of the original versions.

  • -       Once this information is available, Paul will make suggestions for the Board to consider about how information about the measures can be made available on the ISST website. 

8.    Lists of research articles on ISST website

There was further discussion about whether it was a viable project to keep an updated list of all the research articles available on schema therapy. Dave expressed concern that there was already a large number of articles and that more articles were appearing each year at an exponential rate.  It was noted that the previous Science and Research Co-ordinator, Eshkol Rafaeli, had decided to abandon this project because he considered it too demanding a task. Dave suggested as another option that we should offer links to existing websites that feature research on schema therapy (e.g. the Researchgate pages of researchers who publish on schema therapy).

Action:  Paul will continue to look at the situation and report back to the next meeting.

9.    Member satisfaction survey

It was agreed that Chris and Travis will meet to discuss this and feedback to the next meeting.

10. ISST office Issues:  Carried forward to next meeting.

11.  Online general membership meeting: Carried forward to next meeting.

12.  Procedures for selecting election committee Carried forward to next meeting.

The next meeting will take place on Monday March 6th at 14.00 UTC.


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