The Brief History of IASTI
IASTI started on the initiative of Dr. Luc Isebaert of the Korzybski Institutes. The idea was to take on the question of certification in a way that would be “doing something different” (this is a famous solution-focused saying) by handling the question in another way than had been done before. A group of representatives from a small group of well-established and respected solution-focused teaching institutes from all over the world was formed. This group set out to work on developing certification in the Solution-Focused model. The institutes were invited also on the basis of their experience of previous successful collaboration since it was important to work quickly and to quickly offer more institutes to have this service for their trainees.
The founding institutes thought it better to start as a small group in order to get things done quickly. For this reason, at the outset several eminent institutes were not initially invited and other institutes was invited but decided to decline to join if the alliance would not also simultaneously invite several more institutes from the start. The definition of criteria progressed slowly. It was seven founding institutes that in the end decided to take the IASTI project to the next step. Then, in the autumn of 2011, the criteria for certification of trainees were finally agreed upon. Then, as had been the aim from the start, other institutes started to be invited.
Since spring of 2012 through to October 2012 IASTI has been engaged in a trial period and a test run with a small number of trainees being certified according to the IASTI criteria and external institutions have found this initiative to be an effective resource in planning trainings with us. As a result, the institutes in IASTI in October 2012 know that the criteria work in the context of our trainees and the institutions that use our training services. Hence, we now are confident that this certifying concept works.
The next step in the process was to set up clear criteria for inclusion of training institutes in IASTI. The aim of the criteria below for admitting teaching institutes and trainers into IASTI is to strengthen the identity and the idea of a joint venture of the solution-focused teaching institutes involved and the Solution-Focused practice(s) in the field of therapy and related contexts.
IASTI has a “both/and” approach to the solution-focused practice. The institutes offer (1) basic training in the solution-focused model AND (2) include different developments within the solution-focused practices at the involved practices and clinics. IASTI aims to describe a firm minimal standard for what are the basics of Solution-Focused practice and training and at the same time support the variety of developments and contacts within the solution-focused therapy field and related fields. We believe that a narrow definition of solution-focused work would be too confining and thereby hinder developments and new useful descriptions. We support the idea of theoretical and practical development within the solution-focused approach.