Competencies for Integrated Practice

The Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health (ACIH) initially created a document entitled “Competencies for Optimal Practices in Integrated Environments" in September 2010 (available here). ACIH’s work was occurring concurrently with the work the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC), which was published in February 2011. IPEC’s document was entitled “The Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice” (available here).

ACIH's work was a collaboration of academics and practitioners from five disciplines (chiropractic, naturopathic medicine, massage therapy, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, direct-entry midwifery). The IPEC collaboration includes six disciplines (medicine (MD), nursing, osteopathy, pharmacy, dentistry, public health).

ACIH reviewed the IPEC competencies and adopted them; and added in two more specific to the disciplines that we represent.

IPEC now consists of 20 health professional disciplines, including the Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC), updated its four competencies in 2017 (available here); and ACIH updated the two competencies it specifically developed for the disciplines that ACIH represent in 2018. The ACIH Board of Directors endorsed these revisions in January 2018.

Click here to read the revised Competencies