The Purpose and Mission of IACFC

To enhance the practice of couple and family counseling by:

  • Conducting and fostering programs of continuing education
  • Stimulating and promoting programs of research in couple and family counseling
  • Conducting scientific and educational meetings and conferences
  • Establishing contacts with organizations for scientific and educational pursuits
  • Addressing barriers to the professional practice of couple and family counseling
  • Serving as a focal point within ICA for information, research, and professional development related to couple and family counseling
  • Providing a forum for discussion of social and ethical issues related to the provision of counseling service to couples and families
  • Improving the standards of professional service to couples and families.

Affiliated with IAMFC -- the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors

The International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC) is a division of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and was chartered in 1989. IAMFC embraces a multicultural approach in support of the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of the families we serve.

Our membership includes counselors, mental health counselors, marriage and family counselors and therapists, social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists. Elements common to members include professional training in counseling or a closely related area, additional training in marriage and family counseling and therapy, and an interest and involvement in working directly or tangentially with couple and family systems.


IAMFC is an organization that promotes excellence in the practice of couples and family counseling by:

  • creating and disseminating first-class publications and media products
  • providing a forum for exploration of family-related issues
  • involving a diverse group of dedicated professionals in our activities
  • and emphasizing collaborative efforts.


IAMFC has established the most rigorous training standards in marriage and family counseling (including 60 hours of coursework and extensive clinical supervision with couples and families); a national/international family counseling & therapy certification through the National Credentialing Academy (NCA); an international journal in family counseling, The Family Journal; a professional set of ethical standards, professional videos, and print resources. IAMFC is a modern, non-political organization that respects cultural differences, diversity, and sister professional associations.

IAMFC encourages counselors to think systemically and to advocate for the worth and dignity of all families.


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