ISST July Board Minutes

07 Sep 2017 9:17 PM | Chris Hayes (Administrator)

Minutes of a meeting of the Executive Board of the ISST held online on Monday 3rd July 2017 at 13h00 (1:00pm) UTC

Updated 2nd August, 2017

In attendance: Dave Edwards, Remco Van der Wijngaart, Joan Farrell, Paul Kasyanik, Travis Atkinson.

Apologies: Eckhard Roediger, Chris Hayes.

1.     Confirmation of minutes of June meeting: These minutes were confirmed.

2.     2018 conference in Amsterdam:

  • 2.1.  Timeline: Remco proposed that a timeline be developed for advertising purposes.  Travis suggested that basic information and keynote speakers should be ready by September 1st.  He also suggested that there be more than one Early Bird registration date, as this encourages people to register early and is helpful for the conference organizers.  He will work with Remco to propose a series of Early Bird dates.
  • 2.2.  Advertising and promotion: Remco will work with Travis on this.  He is also compiling a list of organizations to send information to.
  • 2.3.  Keynote speakers:  6 Keynotes are needed. These will include Emily Holmes, Joan Farrell and David Edwards (President’s address).  This leaves three more.  Remco and Paul will meet to finalize suggestions for the other three.  It was suggested that at least one other person outside the society be approached.  It was also agreed that details of the formal offer to keynote speakers be worked out and that a contract be considered.  Dave will send the contract used by the Australian Psychological Society for consideration as a model.
  • 2.4.  Registration fees:  These need to be finalized.  It was noted that the principle of raising fees was agreed on at the Barcelona meeting. Remco can propose a final amount as soon as he is ready, in light of information about the anticipated costs etc.
  • 3.     Summer school:  Joan proposed that the committee for this going forward consist of EB members Joan, Eckhard, Travis, and Paul.  Additional members can be co-opted in due course.
  • 4.     Election committee. The membership of this committee was confirmed:  Erin Bullus (Australia: chair), Kerry Beckley (UK), Alexandra Yaltonskaya  (Russia).
  • 5.     Review of ISST committees and SIGs 

Dave presented a discussion document with the following principles, which were agreed on.

  • 5.1.  Each committee should have a clear statement with respect to each of the following which should be stated on the website:
  • 5.1.1.     Terms of reference, role, responsibilities etc
  • 5.1.2.     Membership  -  appointed or elected, term.
  • 5.1.3.     Lines of reporting (eg direct to EB or to a specific EB member).
  • 5.1.4.     Meetings  -  how often it should meet in order to function effectively.
  • The chairperson of a committee is responsible for ensuring that the committee meets as regularly as is appropriate and that the entry for that committee on the website is up to date.
  • 5.2.  Special Interest Groups (SIGS) should:
  • 5.2.1.  Have a focus that is relevant to the application of schema therapy in a specific context
  • 5.2.2.  Be approved by the EB
  • 5.2.3.  Have a Chairperson who takes responsibility for running the SIG, who is accountable to the EB for its activities, and who ensures that the website entry for the SIG is up to date.
  • 5.2.4.  Meet regularly at least four times a year.
  • 5.3.  Areas of interest to members that fail to meet the criteria for a SIG as set out above can be allocated an entry on the Forum pages.  However, it is suggested that any such interest area be removed from the Forum pages if there is no activity for 12 months.
  • 5.4.  Dave will work with Travis to see that the website it updated to reflect the above arrangements.
  • 5.5.  Dave suggested a committee structure for the Biennial conference and for the Summer School.  This would include a specialist committee with subcommittees reporting to it. For example, for the Amsterdam conference, the specialist committee would consist of the Vice-President and those Board members actively involved in planning various aspects (Treasurer, Public Affairs, T&C co-ordinator, S&R co-ordinator.)  This would allow the V-P to hold meetings between EB meetings to work out details, the results of which could be presented to the EB where needed.  There are already two subcommittees reporting to this – the local organizing committee and the Science and Research Committee.  The third suggested committee, the Workshop Program Committee, could be notional and just have one member, the T&S co-ordinator, but having more members might be appropriate if it were to reduce the workload of the T&S co-ordinator.  The intention behind this is to facilitate the processes involved in organizing the conference but also to demarcate the responsibilities of the various parties involved.
  • 6.     National Schema Therapy Societies Committee: This committee will report direct to the EB. Dave suggested that the terms of reference for this be reviewed.  He expressed concern that forming it as a committee with members from several countries with national societies would make it difficult to reach any decisions.  Instead he suggested that a small committee of experienced ISST members focus on structural options with respect to accommodating National Branches within the Society or allowing some sort of affiliation of National Societies with ISST.  There was consensus that the ISST could not offer ISST certification to members of National Societies who do meet criteria for ISST certification.  It was suggested that Travis and Eckhard form the nucleus of this committee.  Joan does not wish to continue on it.  Those who have already been identified in various countries and have been contacted should be seen as a consultative group to whom committee members could refer.

7.     Schema therapy development programs and “Ambassadors” program:  This will be constituted as a new committee that will report to the T&C co-ordinator,  with Wendy Behary as Chair.  It is noted that, at Wendy’s request, this will replace the Brainstorming Committee/SIG which Wendy has been leading.

8.     Membership of EABCT:  Dave noted that Joan had been working on this based on a decision of the previous EB.  He raised the question of whether the society should rather seek affiliation with an International rather than a European organization, for example the IACP.  However, Joan pointed out that the EABCT is in effect an international organization with many members outside Europe.  Joan supported continuing with the application but does not want to drive it herself. We need to consider whether to proceed with this and if so who will take responsibility for it.

  • Carried forward to future meetings

9.     Membership categories: Following a discussion of this at an earlier meeting, David has prepared a new discussion document for consideration by the EB (attached).

  • 10.  Post-nominal letters: A member has suggested that we provide post-nominal letters that members can use on professional correspondence to indicate their certification with ISST, as many professional organizations do.  E.g. Dr A. N. Other CST(ISST)  (i.e. Certified schema therapist – ISST).

11.  ISST Website access to self-report scales:  Paul will report back on progress with respect to member access to the various specialized self-report scales used in schema therapy.

12.  Lists of research articles on ISST website.  Paul will report back on the status of this.

The next meeting will take place online on Monday August 7th at 14h00 UTC.  It was noted that Remco would not be available on that date, but the week before at least three other members would not be able to attend.

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