Table of Contents

Revision Approved: April 11, 2015

Article I Mission

Section 1.1 Statement of Mission
Section 1.2 Review of Mission

Article II Relationship to the American Board of Professional Psychology

Section 2.1 Recognition as a Specialty Board
Section 2.2 Withdrawal from ABPP

Article III Office

Section 3.1 Establishment of Offices
Section 3.2 Maintenance of Records
Section 3.3 Records Maintained by Officers

Article IV Corporate Seal and Logos

Section 4.1 Description of the Seal
Section 4.2 Use of Seal
Section 4.3 Logos

Article V Board Membership

Section 5.1 Composition of the Board
Section 5.2 Special Members of the Board
Section 5.3 Nomination and Election of Members
Section 5.4 Terms of Office
Section 5.5 Vacancies on the Board
Section 5.6 Removal of Members

Article VI Executive Director

Section 6.1 Appointment of Executive Director
Section 6.2 Qualifications of the Executive Director
Section 6.3 Salary/Remuneration
Section 6.4 Duties of the Executive Director
Section 6.5 Discontinuation of the Position of Executive Director

Article VII Governance

Section 7.1 Duties of the Board
Section 7.2 Meetings of the Board
Section 7.3 Teleconferencing
Section 7.4 Quorum
Section 7.5 Procedures
Section 7.6 Officers
Section 7.7 Duties of Officers
Section 7.8 Ad Hoc Committees

Article VIII Indemnification

Section 8.1 Third Party Actions
Section 8.2 Derivative Actions
Section 8.3 Procedure for Effecting Indemnification
Section 8.4 Advancing Expenses
Section 8.5 Indemnification of Employees, Agents, and Other Representatives
Section 8.6 Rights to Indemnification

Article IX Conflict of Interest

Article X Dissolution

Article XI Right of Inspection

Article XII Amendments

Article I Mission

Bylaws of the American Board of Forensic Psychology

Section 1.1 Statement of Mission

The mission of the American Board of Forensic Psychology, Inc. (ABFP), a non-profit corporation under the law of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is to protect the consumer of forensic psychology services. It shall do this by:

  1. establishing, promoting, and revising, as necessary, standards and qualifications for those who practice forensic psychology; and
  2. certifying as ABFP Specialists those voluntary applicants who qualify under the standards established by the Board.

Section 1.2 Review of Mission

The ABFP Board of Directors (hereinafter referred to as “the Board”) shall review its mission no less than every three years at a regularly scheduled Board Meeting. It may revise its mission as long as the revision advances forensic psychology as a profession and promotes activities for a non-profit entity under the United States Tax Code.

Article II Relationship to the American Board of Professional Psychology

Section 2.1 Recognition as a Specialty Board

ABFP is recognized as a Specialty Board among the other Specialty Boards that comprise the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). Therefore, ABFP shall abide by the rules and policies of ABPP as they exist now or as they are promulgated in the future. ABFP shall nominate three Specialists for the position of ABFP representative to the governing Board of ABPP. ABPP then selects one of those nominees to be the representative.

Section 2.2 Withdrawal from ABPP

ABFP may choose to exist independently of ABPP based upon a finding that its goals and objectives will be more readily advanced by emancipation from ABPP. To withdraw, consent from at least three-fourths of all ABFP Specialists is required.

Article III Offices

Section 3.1 Establishment of Offices

The registered office of ABFP shall be established by a vote of the Board. The Board may establish additional offices in any other state of the United States.

Section 3.2 Maintenance of Records
The registered office shall maintain or archive all records of the Board, including:

  1. minutes of all the Meetings;
  2. copies of all financial statements and other data pertaining to the Board’s financial status;
  3. originals of all documents pertaining to the Board’s incorporated status;
  4. a master copy of the directory of ABFP Specialists;
  5. resolutions of the Board;
  6. data pertaining to the outcome of the Board’s examination process for ABFP Specialists; and
  7. a copy of the corporate seal.

Section 3.3 Records Maintained by Officers

Each Officers of the Board shall make reasonable efforts to maintain records relevant to fulfill the duties of his or her office.

Article IV Corporate Seal and Logos

Section 4.1 Description of the Seal

The corporate seal shall be circular in form and shall state: “American Board of Forensic Psychology, Inc., 1978.”

Section 4.2 Use of Seal

The seal may be used by any person authorized by the Board to conduct the Board’s business.

Section 4.3 Logos

The Board, at its pleasure, may design a logo to represent ABFP on its promotional literature, stationery, etc.

Article V Board Member

Section 5.1 Composition of the Board

The Board shall consist of no fewer than 9 but no more than 11 ABFP Specialists in good standing, one of whom shall be the President of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP). The composition of the Board shall broadly represent forensic psychology. Each elected Member shall have one vote on any single matter brought before the Board.

Section 5.2 Special Members of the Board

The Board may invite any member of the professional, scientific, legal, or government community to serve in an advisory capacity; to function as a liaison to other Specialty boards or other organizations; or to perform other duties at the pleasure of the Board. Special Members shall not have a Board vote. Special Members shall be eligible for indemnification under Article VIII of these Bylaws when conducting any business or function authorized by the Board.

Section 5.3 Nomination and Election of Members

a. Nominations for Membership shall occur each year under the direction of the President-Elect.

b. Nominees shall be ABFP Specialists in good standing.

c. Nominations shall be solicited from each ABFP Specialist. The solicitation shall contain a description of the nomination and election procedures.

d. The President-Elect shall determine each nominee’s willingness to serve before finalizing the nomination.

e. There shall be at least two nominees for every vacant Board position, if possible.

f. Once the slate is composed, a ballot shall be sent to each Board Member. Following a discussion of the nominees, each Board Member shall independently rank order his or her preference for the ABFP Specialists on the ballot.

g. The first preference shall receive a score of one, the second a score of two, the third a score of three, and so forth. If one nominee is unranked, he or she shall be given a score equal to the total number of nominees. If two nominees are unranked, both shall be assigned a rank that is the average of the unassigned ranks.

h. The ranks shall be summed by the President-Elect. The nominee(s) receiving the lowest sum of scores shall be the new Member(s). In the event that two or more nominees tie for a single vacancy, the Board shall repeat the processes described in Sections 5.3(f) through 5.3(h). If, following a second vote, two or more nominees remain tied for a single vacancy, the President shall appoint one of them to serve as the new Member.

Section 5.4 Terms of Office

a. Each Member shall be elected to serve on the Board for a term of six years. No Member shall serve more than a single six-year term consecutively. At the end of his or her term, the Member must rotate off the Board for a period of at least one year before he or she can be re-elected to the Board.

b. Ordinarily, Board terms shall be staggered so that one or two Members are elected each year, thus assuring that Board membership shall include Members with varying years of experience on the Board.

c. Ordinarily, terms of office correspond to calendar years. Each Member’s term of office ordinarily begins the first day of January following his or her election. At the Board’s expense, newly elected Members shall be invited to attend the Semi-Annual Meeting that precedes their terms of office. They shall participate as non-voting Members.

d. Exceptions may be afforded to: (1) the AAFP President, not elected by the Board, whose nomination, election, and term length are consistent with those as set forth in AAFP Bylaws; (2) when applicable, the Chair, Practice Sample Reviews, who may serve the Board as a voting Member or non-voting Special Member; and (3) when applicable, the Board of Trustees Representative, who may serve the Board as a voting Member or non-voting Special Member, and whose nomination, election, and term length are consistent with those set forth in the ABPP Corporate Bylaws.

Section 5.5 Vacancies on the Board

Whenever any Member vacancy occurs by other than the expiration of term, the vacancy shall be filled for the balance of the term by appointment by the President with the advice and consent of the Board.

Section 5.6 Removal of Members

A Member may be removed, due to nonfeasance or malfeasance in his or her role as Member or Officer, by a majority vote of Members present at any Annual, Semi-Annual, or Special Meeting at which a quorum is present. A Member shall be removed automatically upon revocation of his or her ABFP Specialist status.

Article VI Executive Director

Section 6.1 Appointment of Executive Director

The President may, with the consent of the Board, appoint a person who is not a Member, to serve as Executive Director.

Section 6.2 Qualifications of the Executive Director

The Executive Director may or may not be an ABFP Specialist. In the latter case, the appointee shall possess recognizable and documented administrative and business skills.

Section 6.3 Salary/Remuneration

The salary and remuneration of the Executive Director shall be determined by and may be revised at the discretion of the Board.

Section 6.4 Duties of the Executive Director The Executive Director shall:

a. oversee the registered office of the Board and the records contained therein;

b. execute contracts on behalf of the Board at its discretion;

c. attend Board Meetings whenever feasible;

d. submit a report on the activities of his or her office for every Board Meeting;

e. be responsible to the Board through the President; and

f. assume such additional responsibilities as may be determined by the Board.

Section 6.5 Discontinuation of the Position of Executive Director
The position of Executive Director may be terminated by a majority vote of the Board. Section 6.6 Removal of the Executive Director

The Executive Director may be removed by a majority vote of Members present at any Annual, Semi-Annual, or Special Meeting at which a quorum is present. An Executive Director who possesses ABFP Specialist status shall be removed automatically upon revocation of his or her ABFP Specialist status.

Article VII Governance

Section 7.1 Duties of the Board The Board:

a. shall be responsible for establishing and implementing corporate policies and objectives;

b. shall exercise full legal control over corporate investments and properties;

c. shall oversee the conduct of all corporate business affairs;

d. may enter into contracts on behalf of the corporation;

e. may appoint ABFP Specialists to conduct pre-specified aspects of its business, at the direction of and under the supervision of the appropriate office of the Board; and

f. shall promulgate policies and procedures that establish qualifications for the ABFP Certificate; detail the Board’s credentialing activities; specify requirements for the certification, revocation and reinstatement of ABFP Specialist status; and describe other activities undertaken by the Board.

Section 7.2 Meetings of the Board

a. Regular Meetings: The Board shall hold two Meetings per year, each approximately six months apart. The time and place of each Meeting is designated by the Board. Board Meetings may be conducted via telephone conference calls or other means of communication that permit simultaneous aural communication.

b. Special Meetings: A Special Meeting of the Board may be called by the President upon his or her own initiative. Ordinarily, each Member shall be provided with 20 days’ notice of such Meeting via telephone, electronic mail, or first class mail.

Section 7.3 Teleconferencing

One or more Members may participate in a Meeting of the Board via telephone conference call or another method of communication that permits simultaneous aural communication. Such participation constitutes in-person presence.

Section 7.4 Quorum

A quorum for all Meetings of the Board shall consist of a majority of Members currently in office present physically, telephonically, or through another medium that permits simultaneous aural communication. The actions of the majority of the Board present at a Meeting at which a quorum is present shall constitute actions of the full Board. When a quorum is not present, the Members in attendance shall act as a committee of the whole, but their actions shall be subject to a majority vote of the Board. There shall be no voting by proxy or in absentia.

Section 7.5 Procedures

The rules contained in the most recent revision of Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern the Board in all cases to which they are applicable, except when inconsistent with these Bylaws.

Section 7.6 Officers

a. Ordinarily, the Board shall be composed of no more than the following offices:
1. President;
2. President-Elect;
3. Immediate Past-President;
4. Recording Secretary;
5. Corresponding Secretary;
6. Treasurer;
7. National Chair of Examinations;
8. Chair, Practice Sample Reviews;
9. Credential Reviewer;
10. Board of Trustees Representative; and 11. President of AAFP.

b. Board Officers shall be elected for one-year terms.

c. With the exception of the President, President-Elect and Immediate Past-President, who during their current tenure as Members shall serve no more than one year in office, Officers may be re-elected to office for multiple terms.

d. Ordinarily, with the exception of the President-Elect, no Member shall hold more than one office at any one time.

Section 7.7 Duties of Officers The President shall:

a. preside over all Meetings of the Board;

b. appoint all committees and committee chairs; and

c. perform such other duties as may be appropriate to the office.

The President-Elect shall:

a. act under the direction of the President, subject to the authority of the Board as a whole;

b. conduct all Board Meetings and perform all duties of the President in his or her absence;

c. supervise the nomination of ABFP Specialists to the Board and the election of Members to offices by the Board.

d. serve on the AAFP Elections Committee, as dictated by the AAFP Bylaws; and

e. become President at the end of his or her term as President-Elect.

The Immediate Past-President shall:

a. serve as Immediate Past-President following his or her term as President;

b. act under the direction of the President, subject to the authority of the Board as a whole;

c. provide advice on policies and activities of the Board; and

d. represent the Board in the continuation of activities as assigned by the President.

The Recording Secretary shall:

a. act under the direction of the President, subject to the authority of the Board as a whole;

b. attend all Meetings of the Board and record the proceedings thereat;

c. provide the Members with a draft of the proceedings within 30 days of any Meeting; and

d. maintain and archive records of the Board and its proceedings.

The Corresponding Secretary shall:

a. act under the direction of the President, subject to the authority of the Board as a whole;

b. serve as the official contact for candidates pursuing Specialty Certification in Forensic Psychology;

c. ensure candidates have paid an initial fee to cover the costs of the written examination;

d. assist in scheduling the written examination;

e. notify candidates of the results of the written examination, and notify ABPP of same;

f. notify candidates who have passed the written examination of the requirements for submission of the practice samples; and

g. respond to candidates’ questions concerning any aspects of the Specialty Certification process.

The Treasurer shall:

a. act under the direction of the President, subject to the authority of the Board as a whole;

b. keep, or cause to be kept, accurate books of account, recording therein the amounts of funds of the corporation and indicating disbursements made;

c. notify the Board of all obligations against its assets, and submit all Board expenses to ABPP;

d. provide semi-annual and annual reports regarding the financial position of the corporation no later than 30 days before Board Meetings;

e. in anticipation of Board Meeting expenses and whenever notified of a budget deficit, request funds from the Treasurer of AAFP; and

f. when directed to do so by the Board, render, or cause to be rendered, an account of all transactions of the Board.

The National Chair of Examinations shall:

a. act under the direction of the President, subject to the authority of the Board as a whole;

b. have charge of the oral examination process and all correspondence related thereto;

c. continually monitor and administer the overall examination scheme, including the written and oral examination processes; and

d. make recommendations to the Board for changes to such processes as warranted.

Whether serving as a non-voting Special Member or voting Member, the Chair, Practice Sample Reviews shall:

a. act under the direction of the President, subject to the authority of the Board as a whole;

b. receive practice samples from candidates and review them for proper format;

c. assign practice samples to examination faculty for review;

d. summarize results for review; and

e. communicate to the candidate the faculty’s approval or non-approval of practice samples for use in the oral examination.

The Credential Reviewer shall:

a. act under the direction of the President, subject to the authority of the Board as a whole;

b. review applicants’ materials to verify specific criteria for Specialty Certification are met; and

c. respond to applicants’ questions regarding the credential review process.

Whether serving as a non-voting Special Member or voting Member, the Board of Trustees Representative shall:

a. act under the direction of the President, subject to the authority of the Board as a whole;

b. attend all meetings of the ABPP Board of Trustees; and

c. oversee all efforts related to Maintenance of Certification. Section 7.8 Ad Hoc Committees

The President may appoint committees, composed of and chaired by ABFP Specialists, to study, recommend, or implement policies of the Board. An ad hoc committee shall serve until the President determines that its purpose is satisfied or eliminated.

Article VIII Indemnification

Section 8.1 Third Party Actions

The Board shall indemnify any person who was or is a party or is threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending, or completed action, suit, or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative, or investigative (other than an action by or in the right of the Board) by reason of the fact that the person is or was a Member or Officer of the Board, or is or was serving at the request of the Board as a Member, Officer, or representative of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust, or other enterprise, against expenses (including attorneys’ fees), judgments, fines and amounts paid in settlement, actually and reasonably incurred by the person in connection with such threatened, pending, or completed action, suit, or proceeding.

Section 8.2 Derivative Actions

The Board shall indemnify any person who was or is a party or is threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending, or completed action or suit by or in the right of the Board to procure a judgment in its favor by reason of the fact that the person is or was a Member or Officer of the Board, or is or was serving at the request of the Board as a Member, Officer, or representative of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust, or other enterprise, against expenses (including attorneys’ fees) judgments, fines, and amounts paid in settlement, actually and reasonably incurred by the person in connection with such threatened, pending, or completed action or suit.

Section 8.3 Procedure for Effecting Indemnification

Indemnification under Sections 8.1 or 8.2 shall be automatic and shall not require any determination that indemnification is proper, except that no indemnification shall be made in any case where the act or failure to act giving rise to the claim for indemnification is determined by a court to have constituted willful misconduct or recklessness.

Section 8.4 Advancing Expenses

Expenses incurred by a person who may be indemnified under Section 8.1 or 8.2 shall be paid by the Board in advance of the final disposition of any action, suit, or proceeding upon receipt of an under-taking by or on behalf of such person to repay such amount if it shall ultimately be determined by a court of competent jurisdiction that he is not entitled to be indemnified by the Board.

Section 8.5 Indemnification of Employees, Agents and Other Representatives

The Board may, at the discretion and to the extent determined by the Board, (i) indemnify any person who neither is or was a Member or Officer of the Board but who is or was a party or is threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending, or completed action, suit, or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative, or investigative (and whether brought by or in the right of the Board) by reason of the fact that the person is or was an employee, agent, or other representative of the corporation, against expenses (including attorneys’ fees), judgments, fines and amounts paid in settlement, actually and reasonably incurred by the person in connection with such threatened, pending, or completed action, suit, or proceeding and (ii) pay such expenses in advance of the final disposition of such action, suit, or proceeding, upon receipt of an undertaking of the kind described in Section 8.4.

Section 8.6 Rights to Indemnification

Any amendment or modification of these Bylaws that has the effect of limiting a person’s rights to indemnification with respect to any act or failure to act occurring prior to the date of adoption of such amendment or modification shall not be effective as to that person unless he/she consents in writing to be bound by the amendment or modification. The indemnification and advancement of expenses provided by or granted pursuant to these Bylaws to a person shall inure to the benefit of the heirs, executors, and administrators of such person.

Article IX Conflict of Interest

It is the policy of the Corporation and the Board that no contract or transaction between the corporation and one or more of its Members or Officers, or between the corporation and any other corporation, partnership, association or other organization in which one or more of its Members are directors or officers, or have financial interest, or in which any Member or Officer has any other conflict of interest, shall be authorized or entered into unless the material facts as to his or her interest in the contract or transaction are disclosed or are known to the Board, and the Board in good faith authorizes the contract or transaction by an affirmative vote of a majority of the Members other than the interested Member or Members. Interested Members may be counted in determining the presence of a quorum at a Meeting of the Board which authorizes the contract or transaction.

Article X Dissolution

In the event of dissolution or winding-up of the corporation, the corporation’s assets, after all debts and expenses have been paid or provided for, shall be distributed in the manner provided by statute or in its Articles of Incorporation.

Article XI Right of Inspection

Each Member shall, upon written demand under oath stating the purpose thereof, has a right to examine, in person or by agent or attorney during the usual hours for business for any proper purpose, the books and records of account, and records of the proceedings of the Board and to make copies and extracts thereof.

Article XII Amendments

These Bylaws may be amended in whole or in part at any regular or Special Meeting of the Board upon the approval of at least a majority of the entire Board at a Board Meeting or by electronic or regular mail ballot, provided that all Members of the Board have been notified in writing of proposed changes not less than 20 days prior to the date of action.

These Bylaws were amended: April 11, 2015