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CSHSE Mission

The Council is committed to assuring the quality, consistency, and relevance of human service education through research-based standards and a peer-review, accreditation process. Our vision is to promote excellence in human service education, provide quality assurance, and support standards of performance and practice through the accreditation process.

Benefits of CSHSE Membership include:
Program Accreditation - CSHSE is the only national organization accrediting human service education programs.

Advantage for Students - Students graduating from accredited programs are eligible to apply for the CCE HS-BCP credential.

Consultation and Assistance - with curriculum development and program accreditation.

Marketing - Use of the CSHSE logo on your program material to identify accreditation. All Council members are listed on the Council website.

Publications - Members receive The Bulletin and complimentary copies of the latest CSHSE monographs.

Website - www.cshse.org offers links to Council information and member programs.

Professional Development - Opportunities to attend and conduct workshops at regional and national conferences and to influence national human service standards and educational trends.

Networking - Access to a professional network of human service educators.

BY-LAWS OF THE COUNCIL FOR STANDARDS IN HUMAN SERVICE EDUCATION

Article I - Name

Section 1.1 Name of Organization
The name of this organization, incorporated under the laws of Illinois, shall be "Council for Standards in Human Service Education," hereinafter referred to as "The Council.

Section 1.2 Registered Office & Agent.
The Registered Office and Registered Agent of the Association shall continue as fixed in the Articles of Incorporation until changed by the Executive Board.

Section 1. 3 Fiscal Year.
The fiscal year of the Council shall end on the 30th day of June.

Article II - Purpose

Section 2.1 Purpose of Organization.
The Council is a non-profit corporation and is organized for the purpose of assuring the quality, consistency, and relevance of human service education programs through the maintenance of national standards, the accreditation of human service education degree programs, consultation, research, and publications.

Article III - Membership

Section 3.1 Membership Type
There shall be one class of membership in the Council: Voting Membership.

Section 3.2 Definition of Voting Member
A voting member is a human service education program that maintains current membership in the Council through the payment of annual dues. The Board of Directors shall at least every five years review the requirements for the membership and propose amendments if needed.

Section 3.3 Voting
Each voting member may cast only one vote on matters brought for consideration to the membership by the Board of Directors. Each member will designate one person to vote on behalf of the program and will notify the Secretary of the Council at the onset of the meeting who that voting representative is.

Section 3.4 Nominations and Election of Regional Directors
Voting members of each region shall participate in the nomination and election of a Regional Director from their region for the Board of Directors of the Council.

Section 3.5 Membership Dues & Fees
t
he Board of Directors shall no less that every 3 years review and set annual dues for the membership in the Council and fees for the accreditation of human service education programs. Non-payment of annual membership dues will result in suspension of membership and, if accredited, suspension of accreditation.

Article IV - Council Meetings


Section 4.1 Annual Meeting

An annual meeting of members shall be convened at a location and on dates selected by the Board of Directors, provided notice is given at least 30 days prior to the meeting.

Section 4.2 Special Meetings
A special meeting shall be convened upon; (a) receipt of a petition signed by not less than 25 percent of the voting members, (b) at the request of any two members of the Board of Directors or (c) by the President, with the approval of the Board of Directors. Members shall be notified of any special meeting and the items for consideration at least 15 days prior to the meeting.

Section 4.3 Notices
Whenever these bylaws require notice to be given, such notice shall be in writing unless oral notice is reasonable under the circumstances. Notice may be communicated in person, by telephone, U.S. or electronic mail. Written notice is effective on the date sent properly addressed to the addressee's last known address as maintained by the Secretary.

Section 4.4 Quorum
Twenty-five percent (25%) of current voting members shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of members. No less than three members of the Board of Directors must be present to conduct any business.

Section 4.5 Regional Meetings
Annual or special meetings of the members from any of the Council regions may be held at a time and place designated by the Council Regional Director, provided regional members are notified at least 15 days prior to the meeting.


Article V - Board of Directors

Section 5.1 Charge of Board
The Board of Directors shall manage the affairs and business of the Council and shall be vested with all the powers necessary to perform the business of the Council subject to applicable law, the Articles of Incorporation, and these Bylaws.

Section 5.2 Eligibility for Board Membership
Board members with voting membership in the Council other than the public Members must be current or former faculty members of human service education programs. Executive Officers must be elected from among currently serving Regional Directors or other Executive Officers.

Section 5.3 Board Composition
The Board of Directors shall consist of the current Officers of the Council, the Regional Directors, the Past President (who serves on the Board for one year immediately subsequent to leaving the office of President), and from one to three Public Members. The board shall consist of not less than eight or more than twenty persons.

Section 5.4 Officers of Board and Council
The Officers shall be the same for the Board of Directors as for the Council.

Section 5.5 Executive Officers
The Council Officers (President, Vice-President of Accreditation, Vice-President of Publications, Treasurer, and Secretary) are elected by the Board concurrent with the annual meeting. The term of office is four years. The election of officers occurs only in odd-numbered years, with the President, Vice President of Publications and Secretary being elected in one odd-numbered year, the Vice President of Accreditation and Treasurer in the next odd-numbered year.

Section 5.6 Regional Directors
Regional Directors are elected from their respective regional membership and take their positions on the Board of Directors concurrent with the annual meeting. Their term of office is four years. If a region fails to nominate and elect a Regional Director, the Board of Directors has the option of filling that position with a qualified person from that region or of combining regions so that a Regional Director serves more than one region. Regional Directors shall communicate with the Board of Directors concerning the needs of the region they represent.

Section 5.7 Public Member(s)
Public Members represent the public in decision-making and policy setting and are elected by the Board of Directors to serve a four year term. The board shall have a minimum of one public member. The public member shall attend all board meetings and shall vote on accreditation/reaccreditation issues and other board actions. The public member shall have no relationship or affiliation with a CSHSE member program. The public member shall be nominated by a current board member and shall be elected by a two-thirds vote of the board

Section 5.8 Term Limits
An individual may serve in an Executive Officer, Regional Director, or Public Member position for a maximum of three terms. The term limit does not preclude the individual from serving another three terms in a different office, if elected.

Section 5.9 Ex-Officio Board Members
The Board may appoint up to five ex-officio members to serve at the pleasure of the Board in an advisory capacity.

Section 5.10 Board Vacancies
Vacancies on the Board of Directors, whether from the Officers, Regional Directors, or Public Members shall be filled through appointment by the President, with the consent of a majority of the Board of Directors. Such appointees shall serve for the unexpired term of their predecessors.

Section 5.11 Board Meetings
The Board of Directors shall meet at least two times per year at a time and place designated by the President, provided that notice is given at least 15 days prior to such meetings. Should the President fail to call such a meeting, the meeting shall be held at the request of three or more members of the Board of Directors.

Section 5.12 Special Board Meetings
Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be requested by the President, any two Board members, or of at least 25% of the current voting membership. The notice of such meeting shall specify the time, place, and business items to be considered. The President determines the time and place for the meeting and sends the notification. Members of the Board shall be notified of any special meeting at least 72 hours prior to the meeting.

Section 5.13 Board Quorum
A quorum of the Board of Directors consists of a simple majority provided at least two of the current Executive Officers are in attendance.

Section 5.14 Board Action Without Meetings
Any action that may be taken at a regular or special meeting of the Board of Directors may be taken without a meeting provided all Directors give written consent to the action including via electronic mail and such written consent is filed with the Secretary.

Section 5.15 Duties of the Board
Duties of the Board of Directors shall include at least the following:
  1. Serve as the decision-making and appeals body for all human service education program accreditation decisions.
  2. Act for and manage the affairs of the Council between annual meetings.
  3. Establish and monitor the Council budget and designate a depository.
  4. Establish and maintain policy guidelines.
  5. Consider and make recommendations on all Council resolutions and bylaws amendments.
  6. Enforce bylaws.
  7. Approve publications sponsored by the Council.
  8. Report all actions through minutes.
  9. Approve the employment and remuneration of any staff hired by the Council.


Section 5.16 Presumption of Assent
Any Board Member present at a Board meeting shall be presumed to have assented to an action taken at the meeting unless his/her dissent is entered in the minutes of the meeting or unless he or she files at the meeting or immediately after its adjourning his/her written dissent to the action with the Secretary of the meeting. This right to dissent shall not be available to a Board member who voted in favor of the action.

Section 5.17 Seal of the Council
The Seal of the Council shall be in such form as the Board of Directors may determine. In the event it is inconvenient to use such a seal at any time, the signature with the words "Council for Standards in Human Service Education, A Non-Profit Corporation," followed by the word "Seal," enclosed in parentheses shall be deemed the seal of the Association. The seal shall be in the custody of the Secretary and affixed on such papers as may be directed by law, these bylaws, the Board of Directors, or the President.

Section 5.18 Removal of Board Member
A majority of the Board of Directors shall have the power to remove any member of the Board from office, with or without cause.

Section 5.19 Board Compensation
Members of the Board of Directors, including Officers of the Council, and members of all standing and special committees serve without compensation, except that they may be reimbursed for reasonable and documented expenses incurred in the execution of the legitimate business of the Council. The compensation of any paid employee of the Council shall be determined by the President, subject to the approval of the Board.

Article VI - Committees

Section 6.1 Executive Committee
The President, Vice-President of Accreditation, Vice-President of Publications, Secretary, and Treasurer shall constitute an Executive Committee and shall act for and manage the affairs of the Board of Directors between meetings of the Board, including all powers in these bylaws or in the Articles of Incorporation specifically granted to the Board of Directors, and may authorize the seal of the Corporation to be affixed to all papers as required. The Executive Committee shall meet from time to time at the call of the President or of at least two of the members of the committee. All actions taken by the Executive Committee shall be recorded for review and approval by the Board at its next meeting.

Section 6.2 Executive Committee Alternates
The Board may designate one or more Directors as alternate members of the Executive Committee, to act in the place of any absent member or members at any meeting of the committee.

Section 6.3 Standing Committees
The standing committees of the Council shall be appointed by the President, subject to the approval of the Board, and shall serve for one year. Each such committee shall have a minimum of three members. Current standing committees: Ad Hoc Nominating Committee.

The Ad Hoc Nominating Committee shall consist of three members elected from the Board of Directors. The committee functions in odd-numbered years to make recommendations to the Board of Directors concerning the election of Executive Officers whose terms end in that year.

Section 6.4 Other Standing Committees
The President, with the consent of a majority of the Board of Directors, may create such other standing or special committees as are deemed necessary for the operations of the Council.

Section 6.5 Vacancies
Vacancies on any standing committee of the Board of Directors shall be filled through appointment by the President, with the consent of a majority of the Board of Directors. Such appointees shall serve for the unexpired term of their predecessors.

Section 6.6 Removal of Committee Member
A majority of the Board of Directors shall have the power to remove any member of the Executive Committee or any standing committee from office, with or without cause.

Article VII - Officers

Section 7.1 Titles of Officers
The Officers of the Council shall be: President, Vice-President of Accreditation, Vice-President of Publications, Secretary, Treasurer, and Immediate Past President.

Section 7.2 Elections of Officers
Election of Officers shall take place during odd-year annual meetings, as described in Section 5.5.

Section 7.3 Holding Two Offices
Apart from the President, who may not hold a second office, other members of the Executive Committee may hold two offices simultaneously for a period of time to be determined by the Board.

Section 7.4 President
The President shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Council. He/she shall: (a) preside at all the meetings of the members an of the Board of Directors, (b) supervise the business, property, and affairs of the Council, (c) see that all orders and resolutions of the Board of Directors are carried out, (d) executive actions on behalf of the Council, and (e) may affix or cause the seal to be affixed to all instruments requiring such execution.

Section 7.5 Vice President of Accreditation
The Vice President of Accreditation shall be responsible for all human service education program accreditation processes. In the event of the disability of the President and subject to the approval of the Board of Directors, the Vice President of Accreditation shall have all the powers and shall perform all the duties of the President. He/she shall also generally assist the President and exercise such other powers and perform such other duties as the President or the Board of Directors shall from time to time prescribe.

Section 7.6 Vice President of Publications
The Vice President of Publications shall edit all Council publications, send publications to members, and manage membership information on the Council website.

Section 7.7 Treasurer
Subject to the direction of the President, the Treasurer shall: (a) have custody of all corporate funds and securities, (b) keep, or cause to be kept, full and accurate accounts of receipts and disbursements of the Council, (c) prepare and certify proper statements concerning the financial condition of the Council when requested by the Board of Directors, (d) account for his or her transactions as the fiscal officer for Council, and (e) deposit all monies and other valuable effects of the Council in the name and to the credit of the Council in such depositories as shall be ordered be the President and Board of Directors. The Treasurer shall perform other duties normally incidental to the Office.

Section 7.8 Secretary
Subject to the direction of the President, the Secretary shall: (a) attend and keep minutes of all meetings of the Board of Directors and of the members, (b) give, or cause to be given, notices, as directed by the President, of all regular and special meetings of the Board of Directors and the membership, and (c) maintain archival records of the Council.

Section 7.9 Immediate Past President
The Immediate Past President shall serve on the Executive Committee for one year following his/her term in office, act as an advisor to the President and carry out such duties as shall be assigned by the President.

Section 7.10 Delegation of Powers and Duties
Whenever the Board of Directors may deem it desirable, it may delegate the powers and duties of an officer to any other Officer or Officers or to any Director or Directors.

Article VIII - Sfaff

Section 8.1 Staff
Staff shall be hired by the President with the approval of the Board and shall perform duties as are required by the Board.

Article IX - Indemnification

Section 9.1 Indemnification
The Council shall indemnify any person made a party to any action, suit or proceeding, whether civil or criminal, by reason of the fact that he/she, his/her testator, or intestate, is or was a Director, Officer, or employee of the Council, or of any other corporation which he/she served in such capacity at the request of this Council, against the reasonable expenses, including attorneys' fees, actually and reasonably incurred by him/her in connection with the defense of the action, suit, or proceeding or in connection with any appeal in it. The right to indemnification conferred by this section shall not restrict the power of the Council to make any indemnification permitted by law.

Article X - Parliamentary Authority

Section 10.1 Parliamentary Authority
The rules contained in the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the Council in all cases in which they are applicable, and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws and any special rules or orders which the Council may adopt.

Article XI - Amendment

Section 11.1 Amendment of Bylaws
The power to alter, amend or repeal these bylaws, or to adopt new bylaws, is reserved exclusively to the Board of Directors. The affirmative vote of a majority of all directors entitled to vote at a duly convened meeting of the Board being all that is necessary to exercise such power.

Last amended and approved by the Board of Directors (February 2011 teleconference).

The CSHSE History

In 1976, the Southern Regional Education Board conducted a survey of over 300 human service training programs throughout the country to obtain information on program content and characteristics.  The purpose of the survey was to obtain baseline data upon which to make decisions concerning program standards.  Support for the project was provided by a grant from the National Institute for Mental Health.

Results of the survey indicated several areas of significant agreement among programs training purposes, field experience requirements, generic skills for working in human services, interdisciplinary faculty characteristics, and common program policies.  These findings were used by a task force of educators who met to recommend propos program standards and develop an assessment model.  The task force produced the format and general content areas of the standards.

The proposed standards were field tested for language and clarity before general distribution.  In 1978, the propos standards were mailed to over 1100 faculty members of human service programs and a group of service providers and graduates for their reactions.  Respondents were asked to rate the acceptability and appropriateness of each standard and provide additional comments as warranted.

The result of this process was the National Standards for Human Service Education and Training Programs.  They are intentionally general to strike a balance between clearly stated principles and enough flexibility to avoid constraining natural diversity among programs.

In 1979, the Council for Standards in Human Service Education was established to give focus and direction to education and training in mental health and human services throughout the country.  The Council exists to help human service educators and college administrators who are interested in achieving maximum educational effectiveness and to formally recognize and approve programs whose competence warrants public and professional confidence.

The accreditation process is designed to assist programs in self-study evaluation and continual improvement and produce new, creative approaches to the preparation of human service practitioners at all levels.  The Council accreditation attests to a program’s compliance with the Standards.

In 1983, after using the Standards in the program accreditation process, the Council Board of Directors authorized the formation of a task force to review and recommend revisions to the Standards.  The task force's charge was to clarify the differentiation between advanced and associate degree programs and to create a new technical (non-degree granting) program level.  The task force included faculty from colleges offering programs at each of the three levels and training personnel from human service delivery agencies. 

The result of the task force's effort was mailed to all members of the Council for review and comment.  These comments were used as the basis for the following proposed revision of the Standards for Human Service Worker Education and Training Programs. In 1996, a survey was conducted at the annual NOHSE conference to determine if practicum hour standards were still in line with community and academic needs.  Survey analysis indicated that revisions were in order.  A committee was established to review and make the recommendations that have been incorporated into the standards.

Today, in 2009, the Council remains committed to assuring the quality, consistency and relevance of human services education through national standards, accreditation, consultation, research, and publication.  Its vision is to be a world class organization promoting excellence and success in human service education, providing quality assurance, and guaranteeing standards of performance and practice through the accreditation process.

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