AGPA SAFE ENVIRONMENT CONDUCT POLICY

1. Purpose
The American Group Psychotherapy Association aims to be inclusive of a large number of participants, with many varied and diverse backgrounds.  As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe, respectful, and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, political affiliation, disability, age, appearance or other personal characteristics and socioeconomic status.

The AGPA Safe Environment Conduct Policy outlines our expectations for all those who participate in AGPA as well as the consequences of unacceptable behavior.

"Participant" in this policy refers to anyone participating in any AGPA activity, including staff, sponsors, contractors, vendors, exhibitors, venue staff, members, faculty, and all attendees at AGPA Connect, Distance Learning, e-Communities, and official and unofficial social gatherings connected with AGPA.

2. Expected Behavior
We expect all participants to abide by the AGPA Safe Environment Conduct Policy by:
- Supporting a safe environment and positive learning experience for everyone
- Exercising consideration and respect in their speech and actions

3. Unacceptable Behavior
Unacceptable behaviors include intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning speech or actions by any participant in AGPA, at all related events and in one-on-one communications carried out in the context of AGPA.

If a participant engages in unacceptable behavior, AGPA reserves the right to take any action AGPA deems appropriate, including the right to remove an individual from the event without warning or refund, to prohibit an individual from attendance at future AGPA activities and to notify the individual's state licensing board.

4. If You Are Subject to or Witness Unacceptable Behavior
If you are subject to unacceptable behavior as specified by the AGPA Safe Environment Conduct Policy or believe this policy has been violated, please contact the AGPA CEO or his or her designee(s), Meeting Co-Chairs and/or AGPA President.

All complaints will be treated seriously and responded to promptly.  If your safety is threatened, please contact venue security.

All reports are confidential.

If possible, please provide the following information, preferably in writing:
- Identifying information of the participant behaving in an unacceptable manner
- The behavior that was in violation
- The approximate time of the behavior (if different than the time the report was made)
- The circumstances surrounding the incident
- Other people involved in or witnessing the incident

If needed or requested, AGPA will help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist participants to feel safe for the duration of the event.

5. Addressing Grievances
If you feel you have been falsely or unfairly accused of violating this AGPA Safe Environment Conduct Policy you should notify the AGPA CEO or his or her designee(s), Meeting Co-Chairs, and/or President with a concise description of your grievance.  Your grievance will be handled in accordance with our existing governing policies.

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