IAYT Yoga Therapy Training Program Accreditation
Last updated: 7/30/2013
Our program includes
a two-week intensive at the school/ashram of our lineage’s Guru in India, and
this intensive forms part of our training hours. The subject matter is, we
believe in accord with a number of the IAYT competencies; however, the
school/ashram does not provide us or the students with any formal documentation
regarding their training in India. What can we do to ensure this training is
taken into consideration as part of our application?
First, clarify whether your school regards
the training intensive in India as ‘transfer’ hours or as part of your training
If the hours are
transfer hours, then you’ll need to consider the information provided in 2.1.3
and 3.3 in the Training Requirements and Definitions section of the standards. Then,
you’ll need to submit the syllabi, faculty information, and competencies the
transfer hours meet. Additionally, you’ll need to list the course in the transfer
hours information section of the application.
If the hours are part
of the training, include the syllabi, faculty, and the competencies in the
Whether these will be transfer hours or part of
your program, consider documenting the subject matter taught in the intensive
in a syllabus and asking the teacher in India to sign a statement at the bottom
of the document, attesting that what is shown in the syllabus is a true reflection
of what is taught in the intensive. If students cannot be provided with a
statement of attainment or similar document verifying their satisfactory
completion of the intensive, consider asking the teacher to sign a letter (that
you may want to write) that indicates that a particular student attended the
training intensive at a specific time and completed the training to the
I have a specialty
training program. Can I become accredited?
Specialty training programs can be
accredited only if they are 800 hours and meet the other IAYT Educational Standards.
programs have several options in the accreditation process.
Become part of another school’s training
program. If this option is chosen, we recommend that you develop a syllabus and
a list of the competencies to give to schools offering your program as part of
Become transfer hours for another school’s
Promote the program as continuing education
units (CEUs) for graduates of yoga therapy training programs or as additional
education hours for those who will be in the Grandparenting process.
Accreditation Application—School Information
Is the physical address of the school the
same as the training site?
physical address refers to the location where the program
is taught. It could be a location that is rented for the purpose of the
If you do not have a physical location, or
teach in multiple locations, do not worry about entering an address at this
time. Currently, this is not a required field in the application.
What if our program
doesn’t have a physical location?
This field in the online
application is not required and can be left blank or "not applicable” may be
Our trainings are
given at multiple physical locations. How do we show this on the
Currently, the online application does
not ask for a training location(s).
Enrollment, Admissions, Hours, and Faculty
What about transfer hours? Do I have to
standards are very specific: all transfer hours must meet one or more
competencies.Documenting that a certain number of hours are dedicated to philosophy
does not provide sufficient information because philosophy is such a broad
category and the hours indicated may not meet a specific competency(ies). Therefore,
you must identify the number of transfer hours devoted to a specific competency(ies).
For all transfer hours, course content, faculty
qualifications, and so on, must be documented in the application.It is up
to the school’s Program Director to ensure that complete transfer hour competency
information is obtained from either the transferring program or the transferring
student’s records. Note: Syllabi must also be submitted for transfer hours.
Using the syllabus from the transferring school,
the program could flesh out the transferring content in its own syllabus. The
transfer hours in yoga therapy program syllabi must accurately reflect what was
taught in the transferred course.Per IAYT accreditation policy and
procedure, the AC can audit a program if more information is needed.
What about distance learning hours? Do I
have to document them?
The standards are very specific: distance learning
must meet one or more competencies. The format of learning—online and
other electronic media formats, webinars, supervised independent study courses,
and correspondence courses—is also essential. Please refer to the standards for
more information, specifically, training
requirements Section 5 and Definitions page 17 and 18.
The content of a distance learning course, the
faculty, and so on, must be documented in the application.It is up to the
school to ensure that it obtains complete distance learning competency
information from either the school that offered the distance learning course or
the student’s records.Note: A syllabi must also be submitted for each distance
learning course its students take.
We have our 800 hour program
over two years well planned out and can demonstrate how it meets all the
competencies and standards. However, we have not retained all of our faculty,
especially for the second year. Can we still apply?
If the program has followed the
standards, including the competencies, and has a well-established syllabi that
will be taught, you can apply.You will need to do the following:
List the established faculty in the faculty and mentorship
section of the online application.
in application your cover letter that you are continuing to expand the faculty.
faculty is hired, submit a Substantive Change Report, per Section 6 of the
Accreditation Policy and Procedures Manual ("changes in composition of the
senior staff or senior faculty" must be reported).Note: The
Substantive Change Report form is under development.
What if I don’t know a
faculty member’s IAYT member number?
New IAYT member numbers on the new
website are not available yet, so leave this blank for now. In the future, you
will have access to member numbers via the new IAYT website.
See Competency Profile: Practicum Hours (below) for questions related to practicum definitions.
How do I start filling in the competency
It is often best to start from the syllabi. Review each course, its learning
objectives and its subsets. Note where each addresses the competencies,
specifically, identifying the number of hours per competency. Then, indicate
the section of your syllabi and the number of hours in the respective fields in
the online application.
You may find it helpful to print and complete a
hard copy of the competency chart before entering the information in the online
application. You may also find it helpful to work with a hard copy of the standards
as reference as you calculate hours and competencies for the whole program.
What components of my training and how
many hours should be included in the documentation of competencies?
program must document at least 800 hours of competencies. The number of hours documented
should match the number of hours of your program. If you accept transfer hours
or distance learning hours, they need to be included in the break out of
In the curriculum comparison chart, each
section has subsections. Do we need to fill in each subsection (e.g., 1.1.1.a)
with the number of hours and the courses for each subsection?
The competencies must be broken out
by section and subsection. The break out is already formatted in the chart. All
you need to do is supply the course information and the hours. For, example, if
you've identified 120 hours in yoga foundations, you would enter the courses
and the respective number of hours in each subset category, identifying the hours
as contact and/or non-contact. The total number of hours broken out should
equal and not be greater than 120 hours. The application is formatted to
automatically calculate the contact and non-contact hour totals.
Can each curriculum box have more than
Yes. Yoga is an integrated science. We
anticipate that subjects will not be taught in a linear fashion. Please include
all appropriate courses or subjects in each curriculum box.
How do I indicate my course, syllabus
lines, and so on in one box? Can’t the online application include a series of
Schools use many different formats for
documenting their syllabus and their course outline. Therefore, we chose not to
use several small boxes in the curriculum comparison chart. Please choose a consistent format for
recording your information.
What if I don’t teach a topic
"separately” but integrate it into another component of the training?
Evaluate the subjects taught within each course,
the learning objectives, and related competency(ies) and break out the approximate
hours for each competency. For example, if you teach a 100-hour course on
Anatomy and Physiology and you integrate approximately 87 hours of Anatomy and
Physiology theoretical work ( 2.1.1) with approximately 13 hours of therapeutic
applications (126.96.36.199), you may indicate the hours in the curriculum boxes as
follows: 2.1.1 - Anatomy of
Physiology, 87 hours; and 188.8.131.52, 13 hours.
Note: Break out the hours of each
course. The final totals in the curriculum chart must equal the total length of
Is there a list of
the common pathologies that should be known in the context of Section 2.1.3,
"knowledge of common pathologies and disorders of all major systems”?
Schools develop their programs based
on their area of focus. Choose the pathologies that best serve your program.
Students can always ”grow” their yoga therapy skills in advanced trainings that
expand their pathology knowledge and skills.
I have trouble
differentiating between what information to put in which competencies,
particularly in Section 3 and Section 4.Section 3 has two competencies requiring
"demonstrated ability”. How do I differentiate
these competencies from the practicum hours in Section 4?
Section 3 addresses teaching and therapeutic skills. The
"demonstrations” in this section refer to assessing the extent to which the student
understands the dynamics of the therapeutic relationship. The assessment of
competencies in this section could include roll playing and observing how the
student works with dynamics in an evolving client relationship.
Section 4 addresses yoga therapy tools and
their application, focusing on applying
intake skills in a regular clinical setting. For assessment purposes, the
student would model how he/she uses the relational and teaching skills in the
therapeutic setting as he/she moves through the process of taking a case,
evaluating the client, developing a protocol, and adapting the protocol to the client’s
needs and skills.
In Section 4.2,
(basically a comprehensive listing of clinical process components), how do I identify
which hours belong in which subcategories? Many of the clinical process elements
occur nearly simultaneously.We write evaluative comments on our student
summaries of many of these components, but I can’t see how to translate that
into hours with any degree of accuracy. The only strategy I have developed is
to divide the total practicum hours across the categories.
This is an appropriate strategy.
We recognize the multiple dimensions that exist
in the therapeutic setting. The listing of clinical process components serves multiple
purposes. We want to ensure that the program includes a yoga therapy session
process that is "complete.” Within the whole process, there are parts that ensure
good practices. A practitioner needs to know the whole process. He/she needs the
ability to adjust the "balance” within an individual session based on an assessment
of certain factors such as time or the particulars of a case. With a clear
knowledge and understanding of the larger "river banks,” he/she can better
Some schools emphasize one part of the clinical
process more than another. The listing of clinical process components gives
schools an opportunity to evaluate the totality of the process they teach given
the many components of a yoga therapy session.
Accreditation Application Reviewers will carefully
consider the overall integration of the program and evaluate whether the knowledge
of and ability to conduct a comprehensive yoga therapy session is supported
throughout the program.
Yoga Therapy" section, all of the objectivesrelate to
"demonstrated ability". I am unclear what would constitute
"instructional hours (50) in this section, which seems to overlap with the
"Yoga Therapy and Tools" section.
Fifty instructional hours in "Provide Yoga Therapy” could involve
more directive support for the clinical and mentoring aspect of the training.
They could include
modeling yoga therapy sessions or mentoring time for case review with a student(s)
or class case review with the teacher instructing on particular topics, such as
additional anatomy awareness or kosha evaluation, that students could use to
enhance their ability to complete and assess the case.
What happens if I have too many hours in
the competency profile?
The total hours in your application must equal
the number of hours of your program, not only
the 800 hours required in the standards. For example, if your program is 1000
hours the total should equal 1000, if it is 1200 hours, it should equal 1200.If
you teach additional materials that do not fit a competency, please note the
general section to which they relate (sections 1 through 5) and include the
hours in the comment document you upload.
If the hours in the competency profile total
more than your stated program hours, please, check the numbers in each category
and correct them as needed..
You may need to verify the break out of courses
and the cross-referencing to competencies to ensure you did not double list
hours. For example, a 20-hour
course in philosophy may include 10 theoretical hours and 10 therapeutic
concept hours. Enter 10 hours in each category, rather than 20 hours in each
What happens if I do not have enough
hours in the curriculum table?
First, be sure you included transfer hours and
distance learning hours.
Second, check the courses that you split into
more than one category and make sure they are broken out to reflect the total
hours. For example, a 20-hour
course in philosophy may include 10 theoretical hours and 10 therapeutic
concept hours. Make sure you entered the 10 hours in each category.
At the end of each competency section
there is a place to download "clarifying comments.” What does this mean?
The application allows you to create a separate
document that includes information pertinent to a curriculum subsection. This
could encompass comments about the essence of your program that is not
reflected in the syllabi or documented hours. It could also include additional
curriculum information, including hours of training that are not quite in the
You may also include comments about the way your
program weaves competencies together or emphasizes specific areas of learning
that can't be quantified in hours. The following is an example of a clarifying
comment for training requirement 5.3.1 and 5.3.2: "Major emphasis is given to
building referral networks, not so much as a separate topic, but as an on-going
theme sprinkled throughout every course of the training.”
You may also consider making comments about how
competencies are "woven together” to create acoherent program.
Profile: Practicum Hours
What are practicum
As defined in the IAYT Educational
Standards (page 17), practicum hours are "the amount of time a student spends
in the practical application of previously studied yoga therapy theory as it
relates to the competencies under the mentorship of a faculty member or
Practicum hours are focused
on the experience of yoga therapy sessions. They’re an opportunity for
students to observe and deliver yoga therapy. The majority of practicum hours
fall under the category of "Provide Yoga Therapy” and include multiple activities
such as record keeping and intake, among others.
Are all practicum
hours to be listed in the practicum section of 4.2 (Provide Yoga Therapy) in
the curriculum comparison chart?
The majority of practicum hours are usually
included in the competency area "Provide Yoga Therapy”. However, some programs
may include some practicum hours in other competency areas as part of an integrated
approach to program development. While there are no set guidelines regarding
how many practicum hours can be allocated to areas other than ”Provide Yoga Therapy,”
it is expected that a large percentage will be allocated to this competency
What is meant by
"clinic” in the context of the Training Requirement 3.4, "Practicum hours may
be conducted in an in-house clinic/ classroom, community setting or approved
A clinic is an outpatient setting where
people are treated. A clinic can be located in any setting, such as a hospital
or within the "school,” or in other locations. For the purposes of yoga therapy
training, it is one of a variety of settings where a yoga therapist in training
can practice and deliver yoga therapy sessions.
How are practicum
The school determines the "amount
of time” credited for each case. For example, a program could allow one hour
for case documentation and 30 minutes for developing the case presentation
material. The student could earn 1.5 hours of practicum, non-contact time for
the case. Whether a student took 1.25 or 2.0 hours for case documentation and
presentation preparation, the credit would be the same.
To receive practicum
credit hours, self-directed case studies must be supervised and documented
based on school policies.
Please see Training Requirements sections 3.5, 3.6, and 5.6. Review pages 17 and 18 of Definitions for the definitions of practicum, practicum hours, and mentor.
In the additional material list, we can
download a cover page document. What is this? What should it include?
To purpose is lay out the overall bhavana or intention of the program by
providing general information. The cover page is optional and is not intended
to offer clarification on specific competencies or to be an extension of a
What are the learning objectives required
in the syllabi?
Learning objectives provide a statement
regarding the overall intention or learning outcomes (goals) of the course or module.
The following is an example of a learning objective: Module 1 covers
musculoskeletal conditions, anatomy and physiology from both the western and
yoga therapy perspectives, introduction of intake form, SOAP notes, and basic
What is a Code of
Conduct? We have an Ethics Statement. Are they the same?
In the yoga therapy business world,
some "traditions" develop an Ethics Statement, others develop a Code
of Conduct.The terms are often used interchangeably.
Some schools may have an Ethics Statement
that reflects its values and a separate Code of Conduct that reflects the
behavior it expects of faculty and administration, which includes the
"action of the value." Sometimes the documents overlap in