In January 2021, the WAPCEPC membership was informed by the Board that WAPCEPC had been registered as a non-profit association in Austria, as of that month, and that the statues and bylaws had been amended accordingly to reflect this.
The change in the organisation’s status was the result of lots of research and work by the 2018- 2020 Board, particularly Chair Susanna Markowitsch.
The Board proposed the change at the 2020 General Assembly (held online) and received agreement from the membership at the GA which voted to approve:
… the dissolution of WAPCEPC as an “unincorporated association” and approves its registration as “gemeinnütziger Verein” (non-profit association) under Austrian Law.
The GA authorises the Board to make any minor changes to the statutes on its own responsibility, should the Austrian association authorities demand them upon application of WAPCEPC’s registration.
Below is the content of an agenda attachment from the 2020 General Assembly sent to membership on 07/07/2020, which explains the thinking and research behind the change.
In 2018, the board realized that WAPCEPC has never been officially registered as a legal entity. Further investigation showed that WAPCEPC is currently a non-registered “unincorporated association” under English jurisdiction.
The board’s main task during the past year was researching the best possible options for registering WAPCEPC as a legal entity, i.e. as a non-profit organization. The shortlisted countries were France, Switzerland (Geneva) and Austria.
Legal and fiscal professional advice finally showed that a registration in Austria seems the easiest and most appropriate option:
The headquarters of the association must be in Austria - APG.IPS has agreed to provide (free of charge) its headquarters as an address for WAPCEPC.
Most of the changes/amendments of the attached statutes are necessary due to Austrian legal regulations for registered non-profit organizations. The board has already received an unofficial approval of the proposed statutes by the Austrian legal
and fiscal authority.
Please note: Registration of WAPCEPC in Austria means that the Statutes have to be filed to the authorities in German. An English translation is available for all members.
Proposal: GA approves the dissolution of WAPCEPC as an “unincorporated association” and approves its registration as “gemeinnütziger Verein” (non-profit
association) under Austrian Law. The GA authorises the Board to make any minor changes to the statutes on its own responsibility, should the Austrian association authorities demand them upon application of WAPCEPC’s registration.
Here you can read the backstory to the founding of WAPCEPC, as it is known today. Our principles, goals and structure remain the same. The first version of these lines was originally written by Elisabeth Zinschitz in an e-mail sent to the CCT/PCA list server. This version is by Peter F. Schmid.
On the First World Conference on Psychotherapy (WCP) in July 1996 the PCA was not as well represented as it could have been. This lead to discussions on an informal meeting of 30 personcentered theoreticians and practioners at the meeting in Bad Hall* in Austria, organized by the Austrian PCA, about the lack of international communication, connection and representation.
During this meeting a letter was drawn up, signed and afterwards sent to several client-/person-centered and experiential associations and persons all over the world and to internet networks. People were asked to spread the information and to send reactions before April 1997. The letter was published in many national journals and different languages. It stated the intention to found an international organization on the occasion of the International Conference in Lisbon in July 1997. The topic was announced again as part of the program of the conference to all people who had registered for the IVth ICCCEP in Lisbon. A modified version of the letter was presented as provisional statutes to the participants of the Lisbon Conference. In Lisbon there were three plenary sessions where the topic was discussed intensely and a decision was made to form a core group (Provisional Executive Board) of a few people who would work out a proposal of detailed constitutions and regulations which could then be presented at the Vth Conference in Chicago in the year 2000. There was a Working Group of 17 members who would look at possibilities for a journal and other things that would come up. (Representatives of as many continents as possible would be more than welcome. People were also asked to propose persons who were not present.) As nobody has the money to go traveling around the world it was decided to work through e-mail, faxes and telephone. Finally there was a voting on the foundation, the Statutes, the financial contributions and the Working Group. Among the approximately one hundred people there were only two votes against the foundation and no votes against in the other decisions. So the World Association was officially founded on July 8th, 1997.
During its working period the Provisional Executive Board was working on a newsletter for the members, the preparations for the ICCCEP Chicago 2000, a proposal for an international journal and the application for membership in the World Council for Psychotherapy (WCP).
* Has nothing to do with "bad" and "hall", but is the name of a small town and health resort in Upper Austria, close to Gmunden, whose name means "Salty Baths".
Has nothing to do with "bad" and "hall", but is the name of a small town and health resort in Upper Austria, close to Gmunden, whose name means "Salty Baths".
From: Participants at a Person-Centered Meeting at Bad Hall, Austria, July 1996.
We are writing to you following discussions held at a meeting of person-centered therapists which took place in Bad Hall, Austria, immediately after the First Congress of the World Council of Psychotherapy in Vienna.
The meeting in Bad Hall took the form of intensive exploration over a three day period of those issues facing the client-centered and experiential traditions in the immediate years ahead. Participants were drawn from many countries and three continents. There was some disappointment at the lack of significant key-note contributions from the person-centered perspective at the World Congress and a recognition that much needs to be done if we are not only to take our rightful position on the international stage but also to make readily accessible to our colleagues from other orientations those aspects of our theory and practice which are only now beginning to be recognized and valued, without acknowledgement of their origin, as a result of developments and advances in other approaches to psychotherapy.
It is clear to us that the time is now ripe for the creation of an identifiable, international organization which can serve as a world-wide forum for those professionals who have
We believe that the creation of an international organisation is vital for the future survival and enhancement of our approach and we therefore strongly propose the establishing of the
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR PERSON-CENTERED THERAPY (IAPCT)
An Association for the Science and Practice of Client-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies and Counselling
The Association, as we envisage it, would be open to both organisational and individual members and would invite to its membership existing national organisations, major agencies, and training institutes within the university system and outside of it. Among its functions would be the general oversight of future international conferences and the production of a high-quality journal which would be fully cognisant of the major contributions currently made by those from non-English speaking countries.
We encourage all recipients of this letter to disseminate information about the proposed International Association to those within their own sphere. We would also ask that reactions to the proposal and further suggestions about the formation and functioning of an international association be submitted to one of the six persons whose addresses appear below by April 1, 1997 at the latest.
It is our hope that final decision could be taken and concrete plans for the foundations of the Association made during the Fourth International Conference on Client-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy to be held in Portugal in 1997. This will be the tenth year since Carl Rogers' death and an appropriate time to take a major step to ensure the continuing vitality and influence of the distinctive approach to psychotherapy to which we are committed in our various ways.
Germain Lietaer, Belgium,
Maureen O'Hara, USA,
Bernie Neville, Australia,
Peter F. Schmid, Austria,
Brian Thorne, United Kingdom
Anna Auckenthaler, D Eva-Maria Biermann-Ratjen, D Ute Binder, D Rainer Bürki, CH Christian Fehringer, A Peter Frenzel, A Ned Gaylin, USA Christiane Geiser, CH Martin van Kalmthout, NL Sylvia & Wolfgang Keil, A Lore Korbei, A Colin Lago, GB Mia Leijssen, B Germain Lietaer, B Robert Lucas, USA Mhairi MacMillan, GB Wolfgang Neumann, D Bernie Neville, AUS Maureen O'Hara, USA Wolfgang Pfeiffer, D Marlis Pörtner, CH Uli Schlunder, D Peter F. Schmid, A Hermann Spielhofer, A Brian Thorne, GB Margaret Warner, USA Marietta Winkler, A Andreas Wittrahm, D Elisabeth Zinschitz, A
The aim of this Association is to provide a world-wide forum for those professionals who have
The association has the following goals:
The structure of the organization corresponds to person-centered principles.
The Association is open to both organizational and individual members. It invites into its membership existing national organizations, major agencies, and training institutes within the university system and outside of it which adhere to its principles and its goals (see I. and II.).
At all levels of membership the principle of local autonomy is maintained. The authority of the Association can only be applied to its composition, to cooperation in the Association and to its external relationships. The Association must not interfere with the rights of national and international organizations. The General Assembly takes all important decisions with regard to the nature of its work.
For the first period till the next General Assembly on the occasion of the Vth ICCCEP a Working Group is elected. Its tasks are to (a) develop a detailed constitution and regulations which on the occasion of the Vth Conference in the year 2000 will be submitted for resolution to the General Assembly, (b) invite members, (c) manage the organizational necessities and budgets for the initial provisional period, (d) elect an Executive Board to represent the Association and further its communication with the external world on ongoing matters which must be resolved rapidly.
The members pay a membership fee to meet the expenses. A fee for the first year is to be decided at the time of foundation by those founding the Association. [organizations: up to 50 members: 100 US$, 51 to 100 members: 200 US$, more than 100 members: 300 US$; individuals: 20 US$]
The Founding Members of the WAPCCP
The following list includes all people who have signed the list "Founding members" in Portugal at the IVth ICCCEP and the members of the Working Group 1997-2000 (including the Provisional Executive Board).
ALMEIDA Isabel Resina,
ANDRADE RIBEIRO Joao,
DA COSTA Michael,
DALE DE ANDRADE Paula,
DE CASTELBAJAC Hubert,
DE FADIMA ANDENES Maria,
FERNANDES Ana Elisa G.,
JOSUE Ana Sofia,
MARQUES TEIXEIRA Joao,
MATIAS Celeste Maria,
MENDES COELHO Fernando,
NEVES Maria Emília,
SCHMID Peter F.,
SEGRERA Alberto S.,
VAN ASBROEK Stan,
VAN DER MOOLEY Caila,
VAN KALMTHOUT Martin,
WYATT Gill, 100
ZINSCHITZ Elisabeth M.
The data were taken from the Lisbon participant's lists. Most likely the list contains mistakes and the data ought to be checked by the members.
The Working Group of the WAPCCP 1997-2000
Groupe de Travail | Arbeitsgruppe 1997-2000
MARQUES TEIXEIRA Joao,
SCHMID Peter F.,
SEGRERA Alberto S.,
WACKER Paulus G.,
ZINSCHITZ Elisabeth M.,
Consultant: DE HAAS, Olaf Peter
The First (Provisional) Board of the WAPCCP 1997-2000
Joao HIPÓLITO (P), Elke LAMBERS (UK), Germain LIETAER (B), Peter F. SCHMID (A), Alberto S. SEGRERA (MX), Suzanne SPECTOR (US), Margaret WARNER (US), Paul WILKINS (UK)
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