I. The Nature of Association The World Association of Cultural Psychiatry (to be referred to as the Association) will non-profit, free standing, academic and educational organization, with international members, and governed by the Officers and the Board of Directors. II. Purpose of the Association A. To promote the exchange of academic information and the progress of international scientific activity in the field of cultural psychiatry. B. To encourage the development of cultural psychiatric activities and organizations within national and regional psychiatric associations. C. To assist in the coordination of working relations between national and international organizations in the field of cultural psychiatry. D. To periodically organize international scientific meetings in the form of world congresses subject of cultural psychiatry. III. Board of Directors A. The governance of the Association shall rest with the Board of Directors. B. The Board of Directors shall consist of 12-15 members who are psychiatrists and members the Association. In principle, the members of the Board of Directors shall be drawn from regions of the world and over-representation of any region, country, or ethnic/cultural group C. The members of the Board of Directors shall be nominated by the Nomination Committee and elected by the members of the Association, and newly assembled at each successive World Congress of Cultural Psychiatry (to be referred to as the Congress). D. The term of the members of the Board of Directors shall be three years. If members are reelected, they can continue to serve on the Board of Directors for an additional term, namely two terms in total. IV. Officers A. The officers of the Association shall consist of the President, President-Elect, and Secretary, who shall also be members of the Board of Directors. B. The term for the President will be three years. After the termination of the Congress, the President-Elect will take over as the new President. C. The immediate Past-President will remain as an additional member of the Board of Directors for one term to contribute to the continuity of the function of the association. D. The President-Elect and the Secretary for the new term will be elected from the members of the Board of Directors by the newly assembled members of the Board of Directors at their business meeting that will take place just prior to the Congress. E. The President shall appoint a Treasurer to assist in the management and auditing of WACP finances, subject to approval by the Board of Directors. V. Advisors A. Advisors shall be nominated by the officers, subject to approval by the Board of Directors. B. Advisors shall serve as consultants to the officers for any major policy changes and shall advise regarding over-all activities of the Association. VI. Nomination Committee A. The candidates for membership in the Board of Directors will be nominated by the Nomination Committee and subsequently voted by the members of the Association. B. The members of the Nomination Committee, normally five in number, will be appointed by the outgoing officers with consultation with the Advisors. The officers as well as ex-officers may serve as the members of the Committee if they are appointed. VII. Affiliations A. National (or regional) organizations of cultural psychiatry shall be invited to become affiliated with the Association, so that close working relationships can be established and maintained. B. Normally, representatives from national (or regional) organizations of cultural psychiatry may be candidates for the Board of Directors of the Association. VIII. Members A. Any medical or health-related professional or behavioral scientist who is interested in the field of cultural psychiatry shall be eligible to become members of the Association. B. The officers shall be authorized to enroll the candidates who request membership. C. Members of the Association shall have the right to vote at the business meeting held during the Congress on major matters concerning the Association, such as general policy, bylaws, or the election of members to the Board of Directors. Such participation shall be restricted to fully paid members. IX. Membership Fees and Funds A. The members of the Association shall be required to pay an annual fee to the Association to finance its activities. The fee shall be determined by the Board of Directors. However, for political-economic reasons, the amount of fee may be adjusted and scaled according to the current level of economic development of the country in question as defined by the World Psychiatric Association or World Health Organization. B. The Association may seek donations from scientific institutions, industry, or individuals in order to raise funds for the Association. C. Treasurer’s report shall be presented to the Board of Directors annually for review and approval. A summary report shall be given at the business meeting of the Association held during each Congress. X. World Congress A. In order to promote the scientific activities of cultural psychiatry worldwide, the Association is expected to hold a World Congress of Cultural Psychiatry every three years, with a rotation of locations around the world, making it easier for members from various part of the globe to participate. B. The World Congress shall also be an occasion for holding business meetings for the Board of Directors, as well as the members of the Association. C. Subject to approval from the Board of Directors, the World Congress can be jointly organized by the local sponsoring organization. A properly constituted Scientific Program Committee, made up of representatives from various regional and cultural groups, shall be appointed by the Officers with the approval of the Board of Directors. XI. Newsletter and/or Journal In order to facilitate communication among the members of the Association, the Association may periodically publish newsletters and/or journals to circulate to the members of the Association. For further details, please see the 2 attachments to the bylaws.
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Culture impacts mental illness so that culturally relevant care is needed for patients of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. From a social point of view, there has been rapid social and cultural change, as well as migration within and between nations. Societies are becoming multi-ethnic and poly-cultural in nature worldwide. From a clinical perspective, there is a need to improve cultural competence to provide proper psychiatric care of each patient, considering the ethnic/race/cultural background, irregardless of minority or majority status.