COAMFTE Accreditation Standards Version 12

Introduction to Accreditation Standards Version 12

Programs applying for COAMFTE accreditation are required to meet or exceed current Accreditation Standards throughout their period of accreditation.  As of July 15, 2014, COAMFTE has completed its most recent review of the Accreditation Standards.  In preparing each draft and the final version, COAMFTE paid special attention to the fast-changing needs of today’s highly diverse society with a goal to ensure that programs prepare students to be culturally aware, competent and systems-oriented therapists, researchers, and educators able to meet the needs of today’s world.  To further ensure excellence in MFT programs, COAMFTE formed the Standards Version 12 to include a combination of input-based criteria (Eligibility Criteria) and output-based standards (Program Outcomes and Student Learning Outcomes).

Effective January 1, 2016

The Accreditation Standards Version 12 is in effect as of January 1, 2016. COAMFTE will evaluate that each program demonstrates compliance at the time of the program’s next initial/renewal evaluation that takes place after January 1, 2016.

Please note that, starting with the program’s 2016 Annual Report, programs will now be required to demonstrate compliance with the Maintenance of Accreditation criterion. This will require the programs to report, on an annual basis, ongoing fiscal and physical resources; ongoing evidence of student/graduate achievements; and prior notice of any substantive changes the program wants to implement.

Webinars and PowerPoints

Interested in learning more about Accreditation Standards Version 12?

COAMFTE has conducted Webinars and PowerPoints to assist programs in transitioning to Standards Version 12.  The recordings of prior webinars are available for a small fee and the PowerPoints can be downloaded from the Webinars and Training page.  COAMFTE will be offering upcoming webinars and workshops in 2016 to help programs prepare for Self-Study and Annual Report submissions under the new Standards Version 12.  To find out more about the webinars, please click here.

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