International Family Therapy Association


Newly Accredited IACSTE Programs


On March 1, 2016 the International Accreditation Commission for  Systemic Therapy Education. (IACSTE) announced that the Commission granted accreditation to one new marriage and family therapy training programs, the University of Massachusetts - Boston.

Programs Accredited Based on Prior Accreditation

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).

•     Appallachian State University (Master program)   - Boone, NC, USA

• Hope International University (Master program) - Fullerton, CA, USA

•      Northcentral University (Master and Doctoral programs) – Scottsdale, AZ, USA

•   University of Massachusetts – Boston (Master
program), - Boston, MA, USA

Programs Not Previously Accredited that Meet the IACSTE 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.

• Centro Privado de Psicoterapias (CPP)  (Advanced Family Therapy Program) - Buenos Aires, Argentina

• Bilgi University (Masters in Clinical Psychology with a Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy) - Istanbul, Turkey

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; for programs, IACSTE accreditation provides a structure for continuous self-evaluation, peer review, and quality assurance, and 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 curriculum.