The Hellenic Community for Behavior Analysis is dedicated to the development and dissemination of behavioral philosophy and its basic and applied sciences wherever the contingencies of the Hellenic language prevail. The Community was organized in the esprit de corps generated by the 5th Conference of the European Association for Behaviour Analysis held in Rethymno, Crete in 2010. Initially a “virtual” organization, the Hellenic Community for Behavior Analysis organized its first bi-annual national conference in 2013 at Panteion University in Athens; the 2015 conference, also sponsored by Panteion University, was attended by over 400 persons with an interest in learning about behaviorism (videos from 45 conference presentations are available at the YouTube Channel of the Community). The Community also collaborated with the European Association for Behaviour Analysis in the organization of the EABA’s 1st Summer School for Behaviour Analysis, in a 2015 return to Rethymno. In short, the Hellenic Community for Behavior Analysis emerged in the context of the EABA’s efforts to disseminate behavior analysis across Europe.
CHARTER OF THE HELLENIC COMMUNITY FOR BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS
NAME The name of this Community shall be “HELLENIC COMMUNITY FOR BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS”, hereafter referred to as “the Community”.
STATUS The Community will be a non-profit, non-governmental scientific organization (NGO).
OBJECTIVES The purpose of the Community shall be: 1) To foster the development of behavior analysis within Greece and to serve as an international forum for the study and discussion of matters relevant to the theoretical, experimental and applied analysis of behavior in the Hellenic language. 2) To establish and maintain relations with behavior analysis organizations internationally. 3) To serve as a scientific and professional forum for those in Greece who identify themselves as scientists, students or practitioners in disciplines which embrace the principles and practices of behavior analysis as well as a mechanism for informing and providing behavior analytic services for the public. 4) To encourage high quality education and professional certification in the philosophy of behaviorism and its experimental and applied sciences in the Hellenic Republic and among all Greek-speaking people. 5) To promote research, to organize congresses, conferences and educational seminars and to publish or translate books and journals in Greek and other such activities focused on the development of a coherent and progressive behavior analytic science. 6) To maintain web pages to promote communication. 7) To advice political, legislative and policy-making bodies with respect to matters pertaining to behavior analysis in the Hellenic Republic.
MEMBERSHIP All members declare their commitment to the objectives of the Community as set out above. There are four categories of members: Full members are graduates of training programs with substantial content in behavior analysis as determined by the Board of Directors. Only full members can vote in elections for the Board of Directors or for changes in the organization charter. Affiliated members are individuals who are interested in learning about behavior analysis and supporting the organization who have not yet received the level of systematic training required for full membership. Student members are currently undertaking studies in educational programs related to behavior analysis. Honorary members are individuals of retirement age with substantial career contributions to our philosophy and science. It is the policy of the Community that all members with demonstrable substandard family income in a giving year will be absolved from paying dues for the following year with no change in the membership status.
GOVERNING BODY The governing body of the Community consists of the Board of Directors (Committee) composed of the following positions: President. The president has overall responsibility for the development of the Community. He or she calls meetings, organizes working parties to deal with specific issues, organizes a committee to hold bi-annual conferences, organizes the Board of Directors elections and manages the Community account. Secretary. The secretary keeps the minutes of Board and committee meetings, is responsible for communication with the members and with related organizations. Treasurer. The treasurer is responsible for managing revenues and expenditures of the Community, for liaison with accountants, financial facilities and local and national revenue agencies. Director of Education. The education director is responsible for the development and organization of the educational initiatives of the Community including training for professional certification as well as for outreach programs for teachers, parents and other interested members of the broader community. Director of Communication. The communication director is responsible for the development and administration of web-based materials for the dissemination of behavior analysis as well as for liaison with other electronic and print media. The term of office for board members will be five years for the initial board and three years for each subsequent board
VOTING All full members of the Community have a voting right. Voting is organized by the president, coordinated by the secretary under the aegis of an ad hoc committee composed of three full members who are neither members of the current board nor candidates for election to the subsequent board. Elections are conducted by secret ballot, either by physical presence, electronically or by any combination thereof which ensures the highest level of democratic participation.
FINANCES Annually a budget is presented by the president to be approved by the Committee.