Council on Psychosocial Adaptation Research (CPAR)

Bylaws

ARTICLE I – MISSION AND PURPOSE

Mission: The Council on Psychosocial Adaptation Research (CPAR) is a community of rehabilitation counseling professionals interested in collaborating on research activities, accessing funding opportunities, and conducting effective psychosocial research in the areas of psychosocial adaptation, adjustment, and coping among individuals with disabilities and chronic illness. Purpose: The purpose of this Council is to support NCRE’s efforts to foster educational and learning opportunities to enable rehabilitation educators and researchers to study, deliberate, and act upon matters affecting rehabilitation education and research and expand quality rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities by:

  1. Cooperatively and purposefully exploring and expanding research and theory in the areas of psychosocial adaptation, adjustment, coping, and related areas and their application in practice;
  2. Promoting and fostering access to opportunities for participating in psychosocial adaptation research; and
  3. Enhancing professional understanding of the role of psychosocial adaptation and related research in professional rehabilitation counseling practice and policy.

ARTICLE II – MEMBERSHIP

All CPAR members must be NCRE members. CPAR will represent institutional and individual rehabilitation educators, researchers, students, and others primarily concerned with exploring and expanding research and theory in the areas of psychosocial adaptation, adjustment, coping, and related areas and their application in practice.

Organizational Structure

The organizational structure of the CRDS will include the following:

  1. Leadership of the CPAR will consist of two co-chairs, whose function is to facilitate the interaction with the NCRE Governing Board. The co-chairs will also maintain a record of the standing committees, projects, and activities of the Council, and a list of chairs and project directors. Co-chairs will be individual or student members of NCRE. Co-chairs will serve two-year terms, beginning June 1 and ending May 31. The terms of the co-chairs will be staggered, so that one co-chair is replaced each year in order to maintain continuity in the leadership. The first year co-chair will be responsible for keeping the minutes of the membership meeting. The second year co-chair will chair the bi-annual meetings of the membership of CPAR. The co-chairs will share responsibility for the development of the bi-annual, pre-conference reports to NCRE. Co-chairs will be responsible for soliciting co-chair nominations from the Council membership. Co-chairs will be elected by the membership by ballot during the NCRE Spring Conference CPAR general membership meeting. Any individual may serve more than one cycle as a co-chair. Members may self-nominate.
  2. Standing Committee Chairs and Project Directors will be appointed as necessary by the co-chairs, subject to confirmation by the membership, for a one-year term beginning immediately following the NCRE Spring Conference CPAR general membership meeting. Members may self-nominate. Chairs and Project Directors are eligible for reappointment.

ARTICLE III – MEETINGS

General Membership Meetings

  1. Unless otherwise decided by a two-thirds vote of the membership present, the CPAR membership will meet bi-annually at the NCRE Spring, and the NCRE/RSA/CSAVR Fall conferences.
  2. A tentative agenda and summary of each meeting will be provided to all members.
  3. Those members at the meeting shall constitute a quorum.

ARTICLE IV – PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

The activities of CPAR members will focus on the following areas:

  1. Cooperatively and purposefully exploring and expanding research and theory in the areas of psychosocial adaptation, adjustment, coping, and related areas and their application in practice;
  2. The development and maintenance of mechanisms for group communication and professional collaboration in research;
  3. Promoting and fostering access to opportunities for participating in psychosocial adaptation research for CPAR members; and
  4. Enhancing professional understanding of the role of psychosocial adaptation and related research in professional rehabilitation counseling practice and policy, and the sharing of this understanding with the NCRE membership.

ARTICLE V. STANDING COMMITTEES

Standing committees will be established as necessary to lead and organize CPAR efforts related to the Council’s mission.

ARTICLE VI – AMENDMENTS

Amendments to these bylaws may be proposed by any CPAR member. Amendments will be adopted if approved by a simple majority of members attending an NCRE bi-annual meeting.