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IAACT (International Association for Applied Perceptual Control Theory) Training

IAACT was founded in 1997. Our mission is "To Build the Art and Heart of Control Theory Together".

We collectively believe:

  • All behaviour is purposeful
  • People are internally motivated
  • Individuals perceive the world differently
  • Improvement is achieved through effective self-evaluation
  • Strength and creativity come through systemic decision making
  • We are responsible to ourselves and the world community

Collectively, We Are More.

"Perceptual Control Theory is a theory of human motivation and behaviour that provides a scientific explanation of internal motivation. It helps us understand how we act continuously and purposefully at many levels to achieve our goals and satisfy our needs in an ever changing world."
--IAACT Faculty REtreat, 1998: in conjunction with Mary and William Powers (the founder of Perceptual Control Theory and author of "Behaviour:The Control of Perception" and many other books).

Through IAACT, learning Perceptual Control Theory helps people to understand how their behaviour is determined by what is going on inside – their physiology, thinking and perceptions. IAACT teaches participants practical strategies to apply the concepts of Perceptual Control Theory to daily life

This certificate program is both educational and skill building. It is based on the ideas of William Powers, William Glasser and the faculty of The Institute for Reality Therapy (1967 - 1996) and the faculty of IACCT.

IAACT certification is based on the belief we only have control of ourselves and beyond that, we can only influence others through our own behaviours.


This introductory program provides in-depth experience in the concets of Applied Perceptual Control Theory (PCT) and Responsible Decision Making (RDM).

PCT is a tool for understanding ourselves and others. It is a skill set for building strength through action and thinking behaviour.

RDM provides strategies to meet our basic needs in ways that do not interfere with other people's ability to meet theirs, thereby adding to the qualith of our lives and to the lives of others.

ACT I involves 28 hours of lecture, activities, skill-building, self-evaluation, perception checks, and role plays.

PRACTICUM: Over five sessions, participants clarify their understanding of the concepts taught in ACT I. Two case studies, a personal growth journal, and a presentation are required.


Upon completion of ACT I requirements and with the recommendation of an accredited IAACT Supervisor, participants may enroll in ACT II.

Participants broaden their understanding of Applied Perceptual Control Theory and apply the concepts to a variety of interactive situations.

Participants are expected to integrate their learning and demonstrate awareness of themselves as control systems.

PRACTICUM: Thirty hours of opportunity to increase competency in PCT and RDM. Requirements include case studies, a personal growth journal and a one hour presentation to peers, demonstrating your understanding of the concepts as they apply to an area of interest.


The certification program is available upon recommendation by an accredited IAACT supervisor, to participants who have sucessfully completed ACT I and ACT II requirements.

This stage of the process provides an opportunity for participants to interdependently demonstrate knowledge and skill level, teaching one another in an environment of shared leadership.

The goal is to understand, think and behave in awareness of themselves as a control system, using the concepts of PCT and RDM.

Participants are expected to intentionally use self-evaluation as a tool towards improving their lives.

Certification is recommended when he participant's behaviour and actions reflect the use of these concepts.

CERTIFICATION:- The Celebration - Two hours of observation of presentations by senior faculty members, a pre-presentation outline and a presentation of ten minutes.