Associations, Boards, and Corporations

Coalition of Associations for Systemic Therapy, COAST

The mission of COAST is to provide mutual support, vision, and educational opportunities for individuals and organizations that promote systemic therapy.

International Family Therapy Association, IFTA

Mission Statement: The cornerstone of every society is the family. With the support of its members, the International Family Therapy Association (IFTA) provides international conferences to promote, strengthen and improve the quality of family therapy, the quality of relationships within families and to promote well-being and peace within our world.

IFTA, working in a collaborative spirit with other professionals and organizations around the world who share its mission, also promotes continuing education in the development of quality standards for marriage and family therapy for professionals performing family therapy in order that they may better assist families in the communities in which they serve.

International Accreditation Commission for Systemic Therapy Education, IACSTE

Created as a semi-autonomous body under the auspices of the International Family Therapy Association (IFTA), the International Accreditation Commission for Systemic Therapy Education (IACSTE) focuses on the development and implementation of quality standards for programs around the world that provide systemic therapy education and training. Both Tier 1 (Primary) and Tier 2 (Advanced) sets of standards were created to enhance the development of professionals who will be qualified to provide systemic therapy for individuals, couples, and families in the communities in which they live and work.

American Association of Marital and Family Therapy, AAMFT

In marriage and family therapy, the unit of treatment isn’t just the person – even if only a single person is interviewed – it is the set of relationships in which the person is embedded. Marriage and family therapy is brief, solution-focused, specific, with attainable therapeutic goals, and is designed with the “end in mind.” Marriage and family therapists treat a wide range of serious clinical problems including depression, marital problems, anxiety, individual psychological problems, and child-parent problems.

Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education, COAMFTE

COAMFTE’s mission is to promote best practices for Marriage and Family Therapy educational programs through the establishment, review and revision of accreditation standards and policies, and the accreditation of graduate and post-graduate educational programs.

Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, CAMFT

The Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy / L’association canadienne pour la thérapie conjugale et familiale (CAMFT/ACTCF) was founded in 1995 to promote the profession and practice of couple, marriage and family therapy in Canada. The Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy is associated with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), which was established in 1942. The CAMFT is led by a dedicated board of directors who represent six regions in Canada where MFTs are organized by a provincial professional MFT association: British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec (which includes the Atlantic Provinces).

Professional Testing Corporation, PTC

The Professional Testing Corporation, a nonprofit corporation promotes and protects the public welfare by articulating and demonstrating the value of credentialing and continuing competency assurance. The PTC is our current vendor for the National MFT exam.

Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation, CLEAR

The Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation is an association of individuals, agencies and organizations, which comprise the international community of professional and occupational regulation. CLEAR is a dynamic forum for improving the quality and understanding of regulation in order to enhance public protection.

Through conferences, services, and publications, CLEAR provides the resources for ongoing and thorough communication of international licensure and regulation issues among all those interested in the field.

Federation of Associations of Regulatory Boards, FARB

The Federation of Associations of Regulatory Boards (FARB) is a not-for-profit corporation formed in 1974 to promote public protection and provide a forum for information exchange for associations of regulatory boards and their affiliate stakeholders with interests in professional regulation. It is a membership association which, based upon its public protection mission, is recognized as exempt from federal taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, ASPPB

The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards is the association of psychology licensing boards in the United States and Canada. Formed in 1961, ASPPB creates the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), which is used by licensing boards to assess candidates for licensure and certification. ASPPB also offers mobility programs to assist in licensure of psychologists already licensed in another state, province, or territory, and also publishes materials for training programs and for students preparing to enter the profession.

American Psychological Association, APA

Based in Washington, DC, the American Psychological Association is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. With more than 150,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide.

Association of Social Work Boards, ASWB

The Association of Social Work Boards is the association of boards that regulate social work. ASWB develops and maintains the social work licensing examination used across the country, and is a central resource for information on the legal regulation of social work. Through the association, social work boards can share information and work together. ASWB is also available to help individual social workers and social work students with questions they may have about licensing and the social work examinations.

National Association of Social Workers, NASW

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with 132,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.

American Association of State Counseling Boards, AASCB

The American Association of State Counseling Boards is an association of bodies which are legally responsible for the registration, certification, or licensing of counselors within their jurisdictions in the United States of America. The organization is dedicated to the concept that individuals who have demonstrated competence to render counseling services are entitled to be licensed, certified or registered as counselors by its member boards.

American Counseling Association, ACA

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National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. and Affiliates, NBCC

The National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. and Affiliates, an independent not-for-profit credentialing body for counselors, was incorporated in 1982 to establish and monitor a national certification system, to identify those counselors who have voluntarily sought and obtained certification, and to maintain a register of those counselors.