Operational organisation of the Szondi Institute


The foundation council is the foundation’s supreme organ, appointing the directors of the study courses, institute direction, and education departments. Through these appointments, the council can, on the one hand, directly put its authority in issuing directives to practice while simultaneously playing a part in the daily activities of the institute, on which the directors have a duty to provide information and report. The three department directors are present during the foundation council meetings. They can submit motions but cannot vote.


The foundation council furthermore comprises a finance committee, which keeps track of running asset management, maintains contact with the investment banks, and which has the authority to approve larger expenditures in urgent situations (extra budget) when requested by the institute management. The finance committee makes preliminary assessments of the budget and accounts. The finance committee is authorised to give budget instructions. The foundation council furthermore appoints the ethics commission as well as the appeals and complaints commissions. These commissions, in accordance with their regulations, operate independently from the other bodies of the institutes. Delegates: the foundation council can, for a limited period, appoint delegates for special tasks. These delegates work on their special task on a mandate base by order of the foundation council. The departments have the following tasks:


a) The study courses direction is tasked with the management of all study-related matters. This comprises the study courses with its students and their management, the procurement of study material, and the supervision of the trainers and study counsellors. Its tasks also include the examinations, monitoring study progress, and the organisation of study activities following the order guidelines. The study director is bound to a budget and monitors the financing of study activities as well as requests financing. The study director also maintains relationships with other training and education institutes within the scope of his or her duties.


b) The institute management is tasked with supervising the connections between all operative processes within the institute, monitoring the development of the current accounts and its adherence to the budget, and taking appropriate countermeasures whenever needed if there are any signals of an upcoming “derailment”. The institute management underlies the obligation to immediately inform the finance committee of deviating (negative) developments and to recommend countermeasures if the institute management commission is not competent to implement its own measures. The secretariat is adjunct to the institute management to perform services. The secretariat is the administrative hub of the institute, while furthermore serving as a database of information. The institute management is also responsible for the expert panel “business quality assurance” and works together with its director to prepare the upcoming accreditation process. The institute management is responsible for the administrative tasks of the “foreign contacts group” and ensures the financing of its activities. The contacts group suggests foreign assignments to the foundation council, which, within the context of an annual or multi-year plan, form the foundation for the establishment of contacts with foreign parties.


c) Education commission

Evaluation committee: evaluates study performance
Group of training and control analysts and supervisors
Study commission of training and control analysts
Supervisory group “contentual quality assurance”
Science and research

Science and research: monitors the scientific development in the areas of psychology, psychotherapy, and other forms of therapy, as well as in knowledge fields such as genetics and bioenergy.