Founding By-laws

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Adopted October 31, 2012

Article I — Name

The name of this organization shall be The Oregon Chapter of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.

Article II — Purpose

The purpose of the organization shall be to foster the development of functional contextual cognitive and behavioral science and practice within Oregon so as to alleviate human suffering and advance human well being

Specifically, the organization shall:

  1. Create a welcoming and inclusive community in Oregon for professionals, students, and members of the public where the principles and practices of Contextual Behavioral Science (CBS) can be explored and further developed in a supportive, dynamic, and fun environment.
  2. Promote research and scholarship in Oregon that is focused on the development of a coherent and progressive science of human action that is more adequate to the challenges of the human condition.
  3. Function as a networking organization in Oregon for professionals across disciplines who embrace the principles and practices of CBS for the purposes of referrals as well as professional and scholarly collaboration.
  4. Organize and sponsor training events in Oregon to disseminate CBS principles and to provide opportunity for ongoing learning and skill development.
  5. Advise and influence political, legislative, and policy-making bodies with respect to matters pertaining to CBS in the state of Oregon
  6. Organize and sponsor forums, conferences, newsletters, journals, websites, list serves and other such activities for the accomplishment of the purposes of the organization
  7. Bring together a multidisciplinary community of scholars, researchers, educators, and practitioners in Oregon who will work in a collegial, open, self-critical, non-discriminatory, and mutually supportive ways to promote and further CBS and its applications.

Article III — Membership

Categories of Membership

Members of the Association shall include any and all who are interested in the practice and advancement of CBS, with an emphasis on developing a diverse and multidisciplinary body of members. The proposed chapter is committed to supporting inclusivity and diversity among its members and its leadership, including, but not limited to, those of various cultural and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status. Members may include therapists, researchers, other healthcare professionals, teachers, students, and members of the public residing in Oregon.

The types of membership shall be professional, student, and affiliate.

Professional members and Fellows shall be entitled to the rights and privileges of the Association without restriction. The minimum standard for election to professional membership shall be completion of a terminal degree relevant to the purposes of the Association. Student members shall be currently enrolled at the undergraduate or graduate level in an area of relevance to the purposes of the Association. Affiliate members are any member of the public with interests in the purpose of the Association.

Standards for Fellow Status in the Association shall be set by the Board of Directors.

All members of the Oregon Association for Contextual Behavioral Science must be members in good standing of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science

Membership dues are set by the Board of Directors of the Association and paid to the Association annually.

Members shall be regarded without discrimination on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, political affiliation, or mental or physical disability.

Good Standing

To remain a member in good standing, an individual must be no more than 9 months in arrears with respect to any dues and assessments, both of the Oregon Chapter of the ACBS, and of ACBS itself.


Each Professional, Affiliate, and Student member shall be entitled to one vote on all matters brought before the Association. There shall be no proxy voting. The voting status of other members as it applies to particular issues may be decided by the Board of Directors.

Article IV — Officers, Duties, and Terms of Office

The officers of the Association shall consist of a President, President-Elect, Past President, Secretary-Treasurer, a student representative, and one Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors. Each shall perform the usual duties of the respective office and specific duties provided elsewhere in these Bylaws or as assigned by the Board of Directors. Elections for officers shall be held every year. The President, President-Elect, and student representative shall each serve a one-year term and may not hold any other elected office within the Association. The Member-at-Large shall be elected every two years. The Secretary-Treasurer shall serve a three year term.

Candidates for offices shall be Members of the Association. Officers shall be elected by email ballot to Members.

The Past-President shall fulfill the duties of the President in case of the President’s absence, incapacity, or resignation. In the event of the President’s resignation, or lengthy absence or incapacity, the Board of Directors may, by a two-thirds vote, provide for an election of a new President before the normal voting cycle. In such a case, the Past-President shall serve as President until the new President takes office.

Article V — Committees

The President, President-Elect, Past-President, Secretary-Treasurer, Student representative, and Member-at-Large shall constitute the voting members of the Board of Directors.

In the event of a tied vote on any issue presented to the Board, the President will cast the deciding vote.

The Committees of the Association shall consist of such standing Committees as may be provided by these Bylaws and such special Committees as may be established by the Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors shall have general supervision of the affairs of the Association, performing the duties and abiding by the limitations specified in these Bylaws. Actions of the Board of Directors affecting Association policy are subject to approval by a majority vote of the Members voting at the annual meeting, or by a special email ballot as decided upon by the Board of Directors. A request for an email ballot of the membership of the Association may be initiated either by the Board of Directors or by five percent (5%) of the Members, at which point, an email ballot shall be circulated to the membership. Results of an email ballot of the membership constitute the final authority of the Association.

The Membership Committee shall be selected by the Board of Directors with a chair appointed by the President and approved by the Board of Directors. It shall be the responsibility of this Committee to secure and review evidence concerning the membership qualifications of all candidates for membership or changes of membership status and to select Fellow of the Association.

The Election Committee shall be selected by the Board of Directors, with a chair appointed by the President and approved by the Board of Directors. The Election Committee shall secure nominations by email ballot from the Members and shall ascertain whether the nominees are qualified and willing to serve if elected. The Election Committee shall be responsible for making a preferential count of the election ballots and reporting the results to the Board of Directors.

Article VI — Activities

The Association may hold periodic meetings for the transaction of business and presentations regarding developments in contextual behavioral science, application, and the advancement of human welfare. Activities of the Association may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Peer supervision groups
  • Study groups/Book clubs
  • Workshops, conferences, and other professional trainings
  • Social networking events
  • Website development and newsletter distribution
  • Coordination with international ACBS organization
  • Collaborations with other regional state chapters

The Board of Directors may provide for the formation and dissolution of student affiliate groups, special interest groups, and other units within the Association.

Article VII — Rules of Procedure

The rules contained in the edition of Robert’s Rules of Order (Newly Revised) shall govern the Association in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these Bylaws and any special rules of order the Association may adopt.

Article VIII — Amendments

These Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of Members who reply to an email ballot sent to the total membership. Bylaws amendments may be initiated by the Board of Directors or by petition of five percent (5%) of the total membership.

Within five years after the adoption of these Bylaws, the Board of Directors shall appoint a special committee to review these initial Bylaws and to recommend changes in them.

Article IX — Dissolution

In the event of the dissolution or termination of the Association, all of the assets and title to and possession of the property of the Association shall pass to one or more non-profit scientific and professional organization.