PST&CE: Terms of Reference
Psycho Social Therapies and Care Environments Special Interest Group
Terms of Reference and Governance
Unless otherwise noted, throughout this document, and for the sake of brevity, the term “psycho-social therapies”, will stand for ‘the psycho-social therapies, psychoanalysis and other psychodynamic psychotherapies, psychiatry, group therapies, and therapeutic and care environments generally.’
1. The Psycho Social Therapies and Care Environments Special Interest Group is a Special Interest Group of the Oral History Society
For a definition of Special Interest Groups and details of their overall terms of reference and operation, see the accompanying “OHS Special Interest Groups – What they are, how they work, and how to create a new one”. This is also available online.
2. The purpose of the Psycho Social Therapies and Care Environments Special Interest Group is
2.1 to bring together members of the Oral History Society who have an interest in the psycho-social therapies, in order to encourage, promote and facilitate discussion, learning and understanding in relation to
2.1.1 the oral history of the psycho-social therapies;
2.1.2 the use of oral history as an adjunct to the psycho-social therapies;
2.1.3 oral history as a tool and technique within the psycho-social therapies;
2.1.4 distinctions between ‘oral history’ and the psycho-social therapies;
2.1.5 the role within the practice of oral history of psycho-social/psychodynamic therapeutic insights;
2.1.6 the application of psycho-social/psychodynamic therapeutic insights as tools for analysing and understanding the theory and practice of oral history and of oral histories;
2.2 to explore what oral history and the psycho-social therapies can learn in open dialogue with one another and the wider public;
2.3 and where relevant, to inform and influence policy and practice.
3. To realise its purpose, the activities of the Psycho Social Therapies and Care Environments Special Interest Group may include
- An online presence, using dedicated sections of the Society’s website, and other Internet-based forms of communication and involvement (such as email groups, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media tools;
- Organising, facilitating and hosting workshops, seminars, conferences, exhibitions and other events, either alone or in partnership with other groups and organisations;
- Publishing articles and monographs;
- Liaising with and taking part in meetings and events organised by others;
- Generating bibliographies, databases, and other aggregations and information aids;
- Developing other relevant activities as proposed and agreed by members and the committee.
- With the proviso that all activities of the Group must be branded as Oral History Society activities.
4. Governance of the Psycho Social Therapies and Care Environments Special Interest Group
According to “OHS Special Interest Groups – What they are, how they work, and how to create a new one”:
“Special Interest Groups determine their own approach to organisation, with the proviso that each Group shall have a Chair and a Secretary and any other required officers, at least one of whom must be a Liaison Trustee in order to report to the Committee, and with the proviso that the Chair and Secretary shall be elected annually by the membership of the Group at the Group’s General Meeting” .
4.1 The Group will have a committee, which will include a Chair, a Secretary, a Treasurer and other Officers felt necessary by the Group and the committee, and at least one and preferably two Liaison Members.
4.2 Officers and members of the committee will be elected annually by majority vote of Group members, at an Annual General Meeting. If Group members can not attend the meeting, they may vote online.
4.3 Liaison Members are Trustees of the Society who are appointed by the Society’s Committee. They sit as full members of the Group’s committee. They act as champions of the Group in the Society’s Committee, and represent the Society’s Committee within the Group.
4.4 The officers and committee can meet and conduct the business of the Group online, so long as all meetings are formally minuted and they are regularly reported to the Society’s Committee.
4.5 The committee may make other rules as necessary to conduct the business of the Group, with the caveat that they must fall within the rules of the Society’s Constitution, as set out in “OHS Special Interest Groups – What the are, how they work, and how to create a new one”.
4.6 The officers shall prepare an annual report on the Group and its activities for the Society’s Annual Report to members.
(These Terms of Reference were unanimously agreed at the Inaugural General Meeting held at the Planned Environment Therapy Trust’s Barns Conference Centre on April 26th, 2016)