ACCEPTED: April 29, 2000
ARTICLE I. NAME
The name of this non-profit professional organization shall be the “Mid-Atlantic Group Psychotherapy Society”.
ARTICLE II. PURPOSES
1. To stimulate practice and research in the field of group psychotherapy.
2. To provide a medium for the exchange of knowledge.
3. To formulate and support the establishment of suitable methods of education and training for group
ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP
1. Members shall be persons who are members in good standing of the AGPA, according to Article III,
Sections 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 of the by-laws of AGPA, except that honorary fellows and honorary members of
AGPA who are members of the Mid-Atlantic Group Psychotherapy Society shall have no vote and shall
have no office with MAGPS.
2. Members shall reside or work in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia or West Virginia.
3. Membership shall become effective upon receipt of dues for that calendar year.
4. Associate members shall be persons who are not members of AGPA, but wish affiliation with MAGPS, or
are honorary fellows and honorary members of AGPA. They shall pay the same dues, and be eligible to
vote in MAGPS business, but shall not hold elected office.
5. Membership shall be terminated for non-payment of dues after a one-year period but may be reinstated
after receipt of dues.
6. Termination of membership in AGPA shall automatically convert full membership in MAGPS to associate
7. Termination of membership in AGPA, or any other professional organization, for ethical violations shall
result in termination of membership in MAGPS.
ARTICLE IV: MEETINGS
1. The Society shall hold a minimum of two meetings a year for the transaction of business and the discussion
of professional matters. One of these meetings shall be designated the Annual Meeting. MAGPS shall
hold at least one annual business meeting for the transaction of business.
2. A quorum shall consist of twenty-five members, or 2/5th of the members in good standing, whichever is
3. Meetings shall be located according to the convenience of the members.
4. Special meetings of the Society may be called at a time and place to be determined by the Board of
ARTICLE V: OFFICERS
1. Officers of this Society shall be President, President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer and Membership Chair.
2. The term of office for all officers and board members shall be two years.
3. The President-Elect will assume the office of the President at the expiration of the latter’s term or if the
4. Officers may be presented for re-election.
5. The President shall preside at all board meetings and act as Chair of the Board of Directors.
6. The President-Elect shall serve as a member of the Board of Directors and perform the duties of the
President in the latter’s absence.
7. The Secretary shall issue calls and notices of meetings and of nominations of officers and members-at-large
of the Board of Directors, keep the records of the Society and serve s a member of the Board of Directors.
8. The Treasurer shall have custody of all funds of the Society, collect dues, make disbursements as
authorized by the Board of Directors, serve as a member of the Board of Directors and shall be responsible
for the annual audit.
9. The Membership Chair shall maintain the listing of current members and associate members. A “mailing
list” may also be maintained that includes other interested persons.
ARTICLE VI: BOARD OF DIRECTORS
1. The Board of Directors shall consist of officers, the immediate past president, four members-at- large, and
ex-officio members which the Board may add or remove as needed and appropriate.
2. The members-at-large shall be elected for one term of two years.
3. The newsletter editor shall be a non-voting, ex-officio member of the Board of Directors.
4. All members of the Board of Directors shall serve on one or more MAGPS committees.
5. All members of the Board of Directors shall have general supervision of the affairs of the Society,
performing the duties specified by the by-laws.
6. Actions of the Board of Directors affecting Society policy are subject to the approval by a majority vote of
the members voting at regular or special business meetings to which all members have been invited by
mail. Regular meetings must have one month’s notice and special meetings at least two weeks notice.
7. In accordance with Article VIII, Section 12 of the by-laws of AGPA, the President of MAGPS, or a
member appointed by the president, shall serve as a member of the AGPA Committee on Affiliate Local
and Regional Societies.
ARTICLE VII: NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS
1. The officers of the Society and the members-at-large of the Board of Directors shall be elected on a mail
ballot in which a majority of the members in good standing must have voted.
2. The Nominating Committee shall issue a call for nominations not later than August 1 of the election year.
3. The Nominating Committee shall prepare the slate of candidates by November 1 and ballots mailed by the
Secretary not later than November 20. Ballots must be postmarked by December 10 to be counted.
4. The Nominating Committee must notify AGPA and candidates standing for election of the election results
no later than 30 days after the election is complete.
5. If the newly elected officers are unable to assume their offices then special elections may be held within 90
days of the annual election procedures. The previous office holders will continue in office until relieved by
the newly elected officers.
ARTICLE VIII: COMMITTEES
1. Committees of the Society shall consist of such Standing Committees as may be provided by the by-laws
and any special committees appointed by the President or by vote of the Board of Directors.
2. The standing committees shall be appointed by the President with the exception of the Executive
Committee. The chair of all standing committees shall be a member of the Board of Directors.
3. All standing committees shall serve for the term of the president.
4. The standing committees shall consist of the: Executive Committee, Nominations Committee, Conference
Committee, Program Committee, Membership Committee, Publicity and Communications Committee,
Outreach Committee and Editorial Board.
5. The Executive Committee shall consist of all officers. The President shall chair the Committee.
6. The Nominations Committee shall be chaired by the immediate Past President. The duties for the
committee include nominations of officers, members-at-large, instructor-designates and award recipients.
7. The Membership Committee shall notify members of dues renewal, collect membership registrations,
publish the membership directory and report on the status of membership at all meetings.
8. The Conference Committee shall plan, conduct and evaluate the organization’s conferences and submit
reports to the Board.
9. The Program Committee shall plan and conduct all educational programming for members and the
community other than conferences and community service programs.
10. The Outreach Committee shall plan and coordinate training and education at low or no cost, to mental
health professionals in non-profit community or social service programs.
11. The Publicity and Communications Committee shall have responsibility for promoting the organization.
Additional responsibilities are the membership brochure and web site.
12. The Editorial Board shall set and review newsletter policies and mission.
13. The President shall serve as ex-officio member of all Committees.
ARTICLE IX: DUES
1. Changes in dues and any special assessment shall be recommended by the Board of Directors and shall be
decided by a majority vote of those present at the earliest Annual Meeting.
ARTICLE X: AMENDMENTS
1. The Society at any Annual Meeting by a vote of 2/3rd of the voting members present, or by a majority vote
of the members of the Society on a mail ballot, may adopt such amendments to these by-laws as have been
made known to the members sixty days before the final vote.
2. Robert’s Rules of Order (Revised) shall constitute the parliamentary authority for this society when
procedures are not otherwise defined in the by-laws. The Rules of Order may be amended at any regular
meeting of the Society, for the meeting alone, by a majority of the voting members in attendance.
ARTICLE XI: DISSOLUTION OF MAGPS
Upon dissolution of the Society and after paying or making provisions for the payment of all of the liabilities of the
Society, the directors shall transfer all of the Society’s assets to the Group Psychotherapy Foundation, an Internal
Revenue Code (“Code”) Section 501C (3) exempt organization. If, at the time of transfer, the Group Psychotherapy
Foundation does not qualify as a Code Section 501C (3) exempt organization, the Society may transfer its assets to
American Group Psychotherapy Association, Inc., a Code Section 501C (3) exempt organization.
ARTICLE XII: ENABLING VOTE
These by-laws shall be considered in effect when they are accepted by a majority vote of those members present
voting at the meeting. The date of acceptance shall be added to the by-laws.
ACCEPTED: April 29, 2000