Statutes for PREPSEC International
1. The name of the organization
PREPSEC International (PRepare for Evidence based Practice in Social Emotional Competence)
PREPSEC International is a special interest organization comprising a network of researchers and practitioners working with a base in Dr. Arnold Goldstein’s combinations of programs for training in social competencies based on the PREPARE Curriculum® and other additional programs of a similar nature. The origin of the organization was a worldwide network of researchers and practitioners appointed by Dr Goldstein with the aim of promoting quality control, further development and the continued dissemination of his programs including Aggression Replacement Training® and its expansions. PREPSEC International aspires to move forward to base itself on the broader expansion of the PREPARE Curriculum® and other programs aimed at the development of social, emotional and academic competencies. The organization proposes to help facilitate the availability of these programs for worldwide use.
These programs are scientifically based, directed towards cognitive, emotional, and behavioral skills, and to a large extent are based on the employment of modeling, role-plays and transfer from training settings to natural situations. These approaches aim at making improvements in the social competencies of children, adolescents and their families as a primary preventive approach for all children. Secondarily these programs can be effectively directed towards children and adolescent with behavior problems.
The purpose of the organization is, through empirically based theory, to develop and improve professional practice in order to help improve interaction patterns between children and adolescents and their environment. This vision will be fulfilled through the following means:
a. Dissemination of information about the different programs by arranging conferences and seminars, and by making relevant literature known and available to members.
b. Contributing to the dissemination of the programs outside the organization.
c. Encouraging the validation of specific programs, program combinations, and implementation strategies.
d. Through exchange of experience and openness, contribute to the testing and improvement of existing programs.
e. Encouraging evidence-based practice through inclusion of research supported developments, quality in delivery and prescriptive matching.
f. Contribute to the knowledge of program implementation, quality assurance, and description of what constitutes quality based trainer education.
3. Long term goals
– PREPSEC International has a library of relevant research available which is accessible on the PREPSEC International web site.
– Initiation of research cooperation pertaining to the different programs and program combinations represented by PREPSEC International, including implementation.
– Development of assessment instruments to be employed by practitioners and researchers.
– Initiation of publications and presentation of research results.
It will be the responsibility of the research committee to respond to global issues and problems related to research.
3.2 Quality systems
– Establishment of quality systems which give recommendations about criteria for necessary competence for trainers and master trainers as well as criteria for effective implementation of the different programs and program combinations
– Development of program adaptations to specific age- and target groups and strategies to integrate the programs into ordinary milieu therapy, residential and school wide programs
3.4 Academic foundation
– Several universities and university colleges have established post-graduate training in PREPSEC International programs
– Several countries have implemented and established quality systems for PREPSEC International programs
– A country`s introduction of evidence based methods for training of social competence is based on several coherent levels of decision-making; governmental, regional, county/borough, and the actual organization.
4.1 Executive board
The executive board is the governing body of the PREPSEC International organization and comprises 7 members.
Decisions can be made by simple majority but decisions should be achieved by attempting to reach full consensus in the process.
The three additional 3 members will be asked to handle other special functions of the Board to be determined in future or as required as described in the statutes.
The executive board will consist of voluntary not paid members.
Each executive board member shall perform the usual duties of the respective office and specific duties provided elsewhere in these by-laws or as assigned by the executive board.
- President: with overall responsibility for the development of PREPSEC International, calling meetings, organizing working parties to deal with specific issues, organizing a committee to hold bi- annual conferences, and organizing PREPSEC International executive board elections.
– Vice President with responsibility to act in support and back-up for the president, web-site. Potentially responsible for the organization’s website.
- Treasurer: with responsibility for managing the PREPSEC International account, collection of membership fees and conference registration fees, and to liaise with other organizations and providers with regard to any financial matters. The treasurer will be responsible for maintaining the membership list and fundraising.
- Secretary: with responsibility for lisaon with, assisting with the organization of the PREPSEC International web site, liaising with other relevant organizations, and taking minutes of PREPSEC International executive board meetings as well as bi-annual conference/membership meetings and election protocols.
- Three (3) Additional executive board members: with responsibility for special assignments, liaising with other European and International organizations and promoting dissemination of, and research on, PREPSEC International programs.
Meetings of the executive board should be held periodically and no less than three meetings should be held per year. The minimum number of board members present at the meeting to endorse a decision should be five (5) out of the seven (7) voting members. Voting by proxy will not be allowed.
The executive board membership shall consist of members from at least three countries and also from both sides of theAtlantic Ocean.
The executive board will have the responsibility of establishing committees to meet the needs of the organization and also to appoint appropriate candidates to each committee.
Committees will be formed as needed and may include the following possibilities:
– Research and Publications
– Communications Committee (website, newsletter)
– Quality Assurance (training standards, implementation etc.)
– Program Development
– Event Planning (conferences, webinars, etc.)
– Election Support Committee
– Fund Raising
4.4 Period of service
Each executive board member is elected for a period of three years, and can sit for maximally two consecutive periods. A maximum of two executive board members can be replaced at each election.
4.5 Election procedure
Elections are arranged via the web every second year. The executive board clarifies which board function is subject to election and from which country/countries new members may be elected. Members are asked to nominate candidates before a deadline set by the executive board. Nominated candidates must agree to run for election and if they agree, post a short biography and mission statement for the board service. Common majority elects candidates.
4.6 Extraordinary elections
If one third of the members demand so, or if the executive board is supported by at least one third of the members, an election process can be arranged outside of the regular election process.
These by-laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of members who reply to an email ballot sent to the total membership. By-law amendments may be initiated by the executive board or by petition of five percent (5%) of the total membership.
The executive board may, at any time, appoint a special committee to review the by-laws and to make recommendations with regard to any changes to them.
In the event of the dissolution or termination of PREPSEC International, all of the assets, titles to and possession of the property of PREPSEC International shall pass to one or more non-profit scientific and professional or membership organization as decided by the Board of Directors.
4.9 Rules of procedure
The rules and laws of the country in which PREPSEC International is established, and all relevant EU/US or other regulations, shall govern PREPSEC International, its activities and policies, including fiscal dispositons.
5. International representation
PREPSEC International works toward the goal of good quality implementation of all relevant programs to new countries. The board wants to provide service in order to help expansion and development in new countries and, consequently, offers a network connection to one representative from a relevant milieu in each country.
Appointment to the network can be based on suggestions from a relevant milieu or a chapter organization in the actual country. The executive board shall, based upon the PREPSEC International vision and goals, make the final assessment of which candidate will be in the best position to disseminate PREPSEC International competency in the actual country.
5.3 Period of service
A reassessment of the national representative appointment shall usually be conducted after four years. The executive board may at their convenience appoint a new national representative provided that the current national representative experience changes in employment affiliation or provided other unforeseen circumstances that call for a change.
5.4 Biannual meeting
The executive board shall take initiative to arrange a biannual meeting for the national representatives. The purpose is to exchange experiences and contribute to the maintenance and development of PREPSEC International visions and goals in each country.
The national representative will have no academic authority for mentoring the programs, but have obligations in conducting the national internet site, bringing specific information and issues to the board and also meeting with the board and people representing other countries to discuss issues of common interest. The country should normally have 15 members before having an international representative.
6.1 Terms of membership
Membership is personal and every interested person can apply for membership in PREPSEC International. The executive board determines membership fee, and the fee may be paid annually or for a period of three years.
6.2 Membership advantages
Membership gives access to material on the PREPSEC International web site, including newsletters and other resources. A member may also run for appointments to committees or to serve in the executive board, as well as nominate candidates for the executive board, committees and national representative. Members may also vote on all PREPSEC International issues (e.g., electing board members, amending bylaws, etc.); no proxy voting is allowed though.
6.3 Good standing
To remain a member in good standing an individual must adhere to the PREPSEC Internationals vision and long-term goals as well as to legal and human rights requirements. The executive board reserves the right to exclude members on the basis of non-adherence to these requirements.