International Accreditation Commission for Systemic Therapy Education (IACSTE)





Accredited IACSTE Programs
1 November 2018

Program Accreditation Basis

1a Based on 2015 Standards

In this category are programs that seek IACSTE accreditation based on the fact that they already have met or exceeded the standards set by IACSTE in the process of meeting the standards of other accrediting bodies such as Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) or Council on Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

1b Based on 2015 Standards

In this category are programs that seek IACSTE accreditation based on the fact that in many countries around the world there are few other opportunities to demonstrate competency as a training program through national accreditation.

3. Based on January 1, 2017 Standards

3a Tier 1 Accredited Institutions or Programs

Tier 1 Accreditation is based on the demonstration that a program meets the minimum or basic standards set forth by the International Commission for Systemic Therapy Education (IACSTE). Programs desiring to apply for recognition at this level should go to the Tier 1 Application.

3b Tier 2 Accredited Institutions or Programs

Tier 2 Accreditation is based on the demonstration that a program meets more advanced standards as set forth by the International Commission for Systemic Therapy Education (IACSTE)

All programs accredited by IACSTE must demonstrate compliance with the IACSTE standards and continued student and faculty achievement of program specific goals. IACSTE accreditation serves a variety of roles including providing a structure for continuous self-evaluation, peer review, and quality assurance on the part of programs. For students, IACSTE accreditation serves as a safe and reasonable basis for the evaluation and selection of an educational program. IACSTE standards require that, among other standards, accredited programs are grounded in systemic thinking, include an understanding and respect for diversity, and incorporate current Professional Marriage and Family Therapy Principles into course curricula.