IACP Standards and Ethics

IACP supports the excellence of Collaborative practitioners by establishing and upholding essential ethical and practice standards of Collaborative Practice. The Standards and Ethics (links on the right side of this page) advance that goal.

The IACP Standards and Ethics complement each Collaborative Practitioner’s regulatory or licensing requirements. The IACP Standards and Ethics address the unique challenges and opportunities created by Collaborative Practice.

Collaborative Practice is a unique mode of practice for all disciplines, both as to the individual’s professional practice and in team-based collaboration with other disciplines.  The Practitioner, Training, and Trainer Standards identify and provide clarity as to the key credentials, experience and education appropriate to start work in Collaborative Practice. The Ethical Standards provide a common set of values, principles, and standards to guide the Collaborative practitioner in his or her professional decisions and conduct.

The IACP Standards and Ethics are voluntary guidelines and aspirational in nature. As each community is unique, there is no intention to set "gatekeeper" standards or create a "standard of care." IACP is the worldwide leader for hundreds of Collaborative Practice organizations and thousands of members in over twenty countries.

IACP offers the Standards and Ethics to support the development and growth of a common understanding about Collaborative Practice among practitioners, clients, the judiciary, and the public. We urge practice groups to use these Standards and Ethics as part of practice group membership expectations, thereby fostering a consistent and shared understanding of what it means to be a Collaborative practitioner.