American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists

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American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists


Proposed New Bylaws for 2006

ARTICLE I

The name of this organization shall be the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists, Inc., ("AASECT"). The name "The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists", the abbreviation "AASECT" and AASECT's logo(s) shall stand for the organization and their uses shall be strictly reserved to those formally approved by the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE II PURPOSES

Section A: Not for Profit.

AASECT is organized as a not-for-profit corporation in the Commonwealth of Virginia, where it is registered and shall abide by the laws of that State and those provided under 1RS rules for 501(c)3 corporations.

Section B: Purposes.

The purposes for which AASECT is established are to:

1) Engage in such activities as will encourage and provide for improvement in the quality of sexuality education, sexuality counseling, sex therapy, and practitioner supervision in the field of sexuality.

2) Develop and promote recommended guidelines for professional certification of sexuality educators, sexuality counselors, sex therapists, and practitioner supervisors in the field of sexuality.

3) Encourage the development of a method for independent evaluation and/or certification of sexuality educators, sexuality counselors, sex therapists, and practitioner supervisors in the field of sexuality.

4) Foster research in the methods and techniques of sexuality education, sexuality counseling, sex therapy, and practitioner supervision in the field of sexuality.

5) Support the publication and dissemination of professional material on sexuality education, sexuality counseling, and sex therapy.

6) Advocate for sexual health and take public policy positions on issues in the field of sexuality.

7) Provide forums and assemblies in which members of various disciplines studying sexuality may be heard and exchange ideas in a spirit of collegiality and provide educational opportunities in the field of sexuality for those engaged in other professional fields.

8) Provide a referral service for AASECT Certified Professional Members to the public.

9) Provide assistance, as necessary or requested, to states and other governmental and non-governmental entities, nationally or internationally, regarding issues of training and certification or licensing requirements of sexuality educators, sexuality counselors, sex therapists and practitioner supervisors in the field of sexuality.

10) Perform and do any and all such other acts as are necessary, convenient, and proper to the attainment of these objectives.

ARTICLE III MEMBERSHIP

Section A: Membership Eligibility.

All members must agree to support AASECT's purposes and mission, as well as the vision of sexual health for which it advocates.

All members must also agree not only that they will abide by AASECT's Bylaws, but also that their professional practice in the field of sexuality will be governed by AASECT's Code of Ethics.

Each member shall participate to the fullest extent feasible in activities that support AASECT's purposes, and shall abide by such other rules and regulations as the Board of Directors may require of members in each category of membership.

Section B: Categories of Membership.

The membership of AASECT shall be categorized into the following seven levels:

1) Certified Professional Members are those whose membership is in good standing and who are currently certified with AASECT. These Members are eligible to vote in elections, to hold positions as Officers, as Directors, or as Chairs of Committees, and to serve on all Committees and other functional bodies.

2) Professional Members are those whose academic or professional credentials make them eligible to pursue AASECT certification, but who, for whatever reason, are not yet certified by AASECT. …

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