COAMFTE accreditation is no walk in the park! Their rigorous standards and review processes are designed to ensure that students are receiving the highest quality graduate-level education in Marriage and Family Therapy. COAMFTE accreditation is a stamp of approval that demonstrates your program’s prowess to prospective students, state licensing boards, and governing bodies at your institution and beyond.
Securing COAMFTE accreditation is a comprehensive process that won’t be done overnight, but by keeping the following steps in mind, you will be able to organize everything you need to meet COAMFTE’s requirements!
Establish Foundational Elements for Program Review
To prepare your program for COAMFTE accreditation, your program will need strong foundations through the development of an outcome-based education framework, environmental support, qualified program leadership, and a comprehensive curriculum.
Centralize Data Collection
While Step 1 covered many of the administrative elements of your program’s preparation for COAMFTE accreditation, the bulk of the effort required year-over-year comes down to data collection. COAMFTE’s review of your program’s efficacy examines the systems and processes in place for:
- Evaluating student competency
- Promoting and managing student clinical practice
- Reviewing student learning outcomes across your program to review and improve environmental supports and communicate results with communities of interest
Collecting all of the above data in one centralized system from the outset makes reviewing and sharing outcomes and submitting the data COAMFTE needs to see easy.
Fortunately, Tevera was designed with exactly these tasks in mind!
Evaluate Student Competency and Progression
COAMFTE requires your program to execute your outcome-based education framework to track individual student progression through the program and to review program effectiveness at a high level.
Any assessment data should be collected via a rubric, in which the criteria for the basis of outcome-based assessment are clearly defined and demonstrable by the student.
Each measure should have an established benchmark, defining the minimum acceptable score that a student could receive to be deemed meeting the competency.
Gathering all assessment data in one system is easier than ever with Tevera! Program faculty and clinical supervisors alike will be able to evaluate student performance and any assessment rubrics can be aligned with your program’s own SLOs.
Learn more about using Tevera for assessment here.
Facilitate Clinical Partnerships and Practice
The student clinical practice experience is an integral part of their education in Marriage and Family Therapy, which will equip them with the professional dispositions and competencies to become successful practitioners post-graduation. To ensure that students across the country are gaining similar clinical experience, COAMFTE requires that you:
- Facilitate formal agreements that outline the responsibilities of the institution, practice sites, and students.
- Verify that students accrue 300 direct clinical contact hours while in their clinical practice (100 of which are relational).
- Put policies and procedures into place to support teletherapy practice for direct clinical contact hours where applicable.
- Ensure that students receive at least 100 hours of MFT relational/systemic supervision from a program clinical supervisor on a regular, consistent basis, with at least 50 of those hours utilizing observable data.
- Provide a framework for clinical competency evaluations by program clinical supervisors.
Each of the above can easily be facilitated, tracked, and verified using Tevera’s field experience solution! Learn more here.
Review Program Outcomes
In the spirit of continuous development, you must be able to demonstrate that aggregated data on student achievement is collected and reviewed according to your framework and that you are meeting your program’s benchmarks, or are using the data you’ve collected to improve your program. You must also share those results with communities of interest so that they may participate in program review and continuous improvement efforts as well.
Tevera’s robust reporting capabilities, you’ll be able to aggregate and disaggregate any assessment data for thorough review by your program faculty and communities of interest, as well as COAMFTE accreditors!
Book an overview today to learn more about Tevera and see it in action!